21 April 2009


The seventh Homeless World Cup will take place in Milan later this year, 6-13 September 2009. More than 500 players from 48 countries will participate. The most recent tournament was played in Melbourne, Australia and won by the team from Afghanistan. "The Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup is set in one of the most football passionate cities and nations in the world," Mel Young, the tournament's founder and president, said in a statement. "This is a phenomenal opportunity for Italy and the city of Milan to unite and show the world the true, awesome power of football to change lives, to change the world. We are confident that the city and people of the Milan are preparing a very special Homeless World Cup and in a few months time will provide a warm welcome to 48 nations to show the world that together, united, we can make a real difference." "Young's organization puts the number of homeless people in the world at more than 1 billion, includig more than 50,000 in Italy. Organizers also assert that more than 70 percent of past participants transformed their lives after playing in the tournament, eschewing drugs and alcohol, taking up stable residences, getting jobs and education, and repairing past relationships." In 2008, a documentary "Kicking It" premiered at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival (see post below) documenting the 2006 tournament in Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: NYTimes Goal blog

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