Posted on October 10, 2012 / Comments Off
The 10th Homeless World Cup is underway in Mexico City. At the Zócalo square in the heart of the city, three custom-built street-soccer stadiums with a capacity of 5 000 are filling up fast. International Network of Street Papers (INSP) editor Danielle Batist meets the world’s most inspirational football players.
When Mel Young and Harald Schmied dreamt up a football tournament between the vendors of their street papers in Scotland and Austria 10 years ago, they couldn’t have dreamt that one day 20 000 people would cheer on 500 homeless players from 54 countries. And yet, that is exactly what happened in Mexico City on October 6. The opening weekend of the 10th edition of the Homeless World Cup exceeded every expectation, of players and organisers alike.