The Homeless World Cup has been played in iconic locations all over the world – in the centre of Cape Town and Melbourne, on Copacabana in Rio, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, in the Zocalo in Mexico City (the centre of the universe), and also underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
“The sight I will never forget is the players' parade on the opening day, as the police closed off the boulevards around the Champs de Mars, one of the world's greatest tourist attractions, stopping the traffic to allow five hundred homeless people to march through the streets, with their flags in the air, like a scene from the French Revolution.” (From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)
And this year? Homeless World Cup Number 12? Santiago is the latest iconic location – the latest opportunity to change the world with a ball.
by Peter Barr