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Player Stories

Personal Stories of Transformation

Our street football partners operate in 450 locations, reaching 100,000 homeless people every year. So far, the Homeless World Cup and its partners have impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people around the globe.

Each year, our network of global street football partners select more than 500 players to compete in the annual Homeless World Cup tournament. Of those participants:

  • 94% say the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives
  • 83% improved social relations with family and friends;
  • 77% changed their lives significantly because of their involvement
  • 71% continue to play the sport.

Football and the Homeless World Cup have the power to change the lives of homeless people. Here are a few of their stories.

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A player from team Grenada. The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives. Homeless World Cup 2015 is taking place in amsterdam from september 12th to September 19th. For more information, visit www.homelessworldcup.org

Lyndon Rennie

The 2015 tournament was not only Lyndon’s first time in Amsterdam, it was his first time out of Grenada.

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Seunggug Jang

After a life-changing workplace accident, Seunggug Jang is retaking control of his life

The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives. Homeless World Cup 2015 is taking place in amsterdam from september 12th to September 19th. For more information, visit www.homelessworldcup.com

Brave Lifa

A resident of one of Zimbabwe’s most notorious slums, Brave is passionately determined to change not just his own life, but the lives of others

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Lizbeth Angeles

Formerly estranged from her parents, Lizbeth now takes her frustrations out on the ball and dedicated her life to helping youth through sports.

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Jamie Maclean

Thirty-year-old Jamie Maclean understands firsthand the power that hope can have in changing someone’s life.

Interview with Peruvian women's team goalkeeper, Angie Malaver. 

The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives. Homeless World Cup 2015 is taking place in amsterdam from september 12th to September 19th. For more information, visit www.homelessworldcup.com

Angie Malaver

The only woman on the 2015 Peruvian team, Angie is a passionate champion of inclusion and equality.

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Toby McKillop

After two decades struggling with drug addiction, estrangement from his family, and 14 months homeless, Toby used football to find his way again

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Rohini Pashte

Rohini’s passion for education and love of football brought positive social change to her entire village and are giving her a route out of poverty

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Jeff Tossberg Mihai

When Jeff rediscovered football in 2007, it gave him a way out of homelessness, drug addiction, and social isolation.

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Juliet Auma

Juliet’s passion for football is helping her to change her family’s future, as well as her own

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Camilla Lindén

With two decades of addiction now behind her, Camilla’s street football teammates give her the strength and support she needs to stay clean

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Alexandro Aggelis

Alexandro explains how football helped him overcome drug addiction and reconcile with his family

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Jackline Akoth

After winning the Homeless World Cup, Jackline completed school and started her own initiative helping young girls

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Lukes Mjoka

South African captain is now a role model for aspiring players

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Orthodoxia Skoura

Orthodoxia Skoura fought gender stereotypes to become the first female player to be selected for the Greek Homeless World Cup team

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Stefan Octavian Pavel

Team Romania’s 2014 captain Stefan Pavel abandoned a life of crime and substance abuse for a much brighter future

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Theng Langeng

Education and football saved the tournament’s smallest player from a life scavenging Cambodia’s garbage dumps

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Bobby Angelov

Abandoned as a child, Bobby struggled to finish school and navigate the Bulgarian shelter system until football helped him choose a new path

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Michelle da Silva

All her life, Michelle has lived for football – on a courageous journey out of poverty and exclusion through sport

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James Traynor

James has gone through innumerable challenges in life—and come out the other end stronger and ready to help others

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David Duke

David played for Scotland at the 2004 Homeless World Cup while he battled issues with alcohol following the death of his father

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Patrick Mbeu

The young man from Rwanda found himself homeless in a strange country

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Ginan Koesmayadi

The young man from Indonesia earned the best player award at the 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris

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