For A Brief Moment Goalscorers Forget Poverty And War

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– The eyes of the world will turn to Russia this week for the World Cup but it is far away you must look to find the sport’s beating heart — on war-ravaged streets and in poverty-stricken slums where the simple act of scoring a goal transcends the grind of everyday life.

For every goal celebrated by the 32-teams at the four-yearly gathering of soccer’s superstars, thousands more will be scored on makeshift pitches in Yemen, Somalia and Gaza and beyond.

They will not be recorded for posterity and replayed thousands of times over. But they will not be forgotten and the scorer, for a few minutes at least, can dream of being a hero.




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