While many of us may not be aware of the Homeless World Cup, which has become a regular annual feature after its debut in 2001 in Austria. The tenth edition of the cup is currently being played in Mexico.
HOMELESS PEOPLE exist all around the world
and most of us just turn a blind eye to them. While some may give them alms once in a while and to the most, provide them with some clothes as well. But, these homeless people are going to be the centre of attraction in the coming days, as Mexico City is playing host to the 10th edition of the Homeless Football World Cup, which is scheduled to last till October 14.
In fact, Homeless World Cup is an organization which is eager to end homelessness around the world through the beautiful game, football. They aim to change the lives of homeless people, which is not an easy task. The Co-founder of the organization, Mel Young said, "We have a dream that the players playing in Mexico City today change their lives, and get a home and a job. We have a dream, that the rest of the world looks at what's going on here and joins in, so that thousands of people can pick a ball up and change their lives," reported Sky News.
The game would be divided into two halves of 7 and half minutes each. More than 60 teams would be participating in the tournament. The first match of the tournament was played between the hosts, Mexico and South Africa, with hosts winning the game, 7-4. Some of the players who represent their nation have abundant talent and potential to make it big, but their tag of homeless people is a major drawback. Else, if groomed, one or two may become professional football players as well.
These footballers get a lot of encouragement from the traveling fans from different countries who are seen supporting their nations with their national flags. These are some of the sights that these people would feel proud of - playing under their country's banner.