Homeless World Cup Foundation

The Homeless World Cup uses football to help improve the lives of homeless people around the world. We stimulate the creation of international football programmes in every continent. We organise an annual world class football tournament Homeless World Cup in a major global city to promote and celebrate the work of our International Partners.
Feb 10, 2014

Player's Profile: Dragan, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dragan, at the Poznan 2013 Homeless World Cup
Dragan, at the Poznan 2013 Homeless World Cup

Dragan played for his country: Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Poznan 2013 Homeless World Cup.

He tells his story here:

"I was born and raised in Banjaluka, Bosnia & Herzegovina. I was an addict for several years but thanks to my community, I managed to leave that world of evil and successfully resocialize in society. I managed to enter into BH homeless football team which is organised by International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS)

I, as well as other guys from all around Bosnia and Herzegovina, formed this new homeless football team. It was the second time Bosnia & Herzegovina took part in the Homeless World Cup. Just like me, all the other guys were affected by difficulties and troubles in their lives. We started to train and got to know each other from month to month and new friendships emerged. We travelled from one tournament to the other and played football, bringing excellent results: 2nd place at the European Homeless Cup in Munich, last June, and 6th place at the Homeless world cup in Poznan also accomplishing an individual award for the best goalkeeper at the tournament in Poland. 

However, the sports results are not what matters because the social aspect of the project is far more important.  Me, as a player, and I am deeply convinced that my colleagues share the same opinion, felt human again through football. I was no longer enslaved by my addiction and past life but I truly felt like a person again, part of something bigger. When you say you’re a former addict, people don’t trust you and you can’t find work, because people don’t believe you’re clean. Recovering from addiction was hard enough but fighting prejudice was much more difficult. Football has helped me doing that.

By choosing football, I hope I’m sending a clear message to society about the kind of person I am now and what my priorities are.

I can only recommend to all people who have any kind of social, material, existential or health issues not to despair and not to give up. Each battle has its end. Ultimately, the darkness exists only to bring light again. 

Team Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2013
Team Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2013
Nov 8, 2013

Goodbye Poznan, Hello Santiago!

The Belgian Homeless Cup
The Belgian Homeless Cup's event in Brussels

The Poznan 2013 Homeless World Cup took place from August 11th to 18th at Lake Malta, Poznan in Poland and it was a real success!

Teams from around the world represented their countries with pride - including Chile, the 2012 World Champions, Namibia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France or new comers Northern Ireland. 

After a week of great football, Brazil for the men and Mexico for the women won. 

You can get a feel of what the Poznan 2013 Homeless World Cup was like here.

Players are now back home, where they have shared their experience in Poland, with their communities, media, etc

So, what's next?...well, the football continues! 

The season has started for most of the Homeless World Cup partners around the world. 

The Belgian Homeless Cup, in Belgium, for instance has started with a "Crazy Tunnel Mayhem Football" event that took place in Brussels last month. 

The Homeless FA, in England, organised a European get-together with teams from Portugal, the Netherlands, Hungary and many more taking part.

Chile, the future hosts of the Santiago 2014 Homeless World Cup are also organising an exciting competition, from November 8th to November 10th in Santiago. They have invited teams from Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica and the USA will travel to chile to compete in the Copa America!

All these football sessions, tournaments and events are a taste of what is coming next year, in Chile.

The 12th Homeless World Cup annual tournament will take place and it should be an exciting experience for both the players and the public.

Futbol Calle, the Homeless World Cup partner in Chile, wants it to be a real celebration of all the work, done around the world by these partners, who use football to fight homelessness. They also want to raise awereness and invite families to witness the power of the beautiful game!

Aug 5, 2013

Who plays in the Homeless World Cup?

Glandell, South Africa
Glandell, South Africa

With only 6 days to go before the official start of the Poznan 2013 Homeless World Cup we would like to look at the individual stories of the players taking part in the event!

Remember there will be hundreds more players and stories that we will share with you all during the competition.

Admir, Bosnia & Herzegovina:

Admir was born in 1992 when the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina just began. One year later, as a baby, he was left orphan due to an aggressor’s grenade killing his mother. Soon after, he was banished from his home town, Kamenica. He found shelter in a Refugee Centre in Mihatovici near Tuzla where he still currently lives.  He survives by digging coal illegally and collecting secondary goods. He didn’t imagine not even in his wildest dreams that one day he would have the honour to defend his country at an international competition.

Juselito, Luxembourg:

After spending some time in jail, he was finally freed last winter. However, short after his return, his wife left their home and moved abroad. He then lost their flat and ended up on the streets. He likes the football trainings at they give him something else to focus on.

Rok, Australia:

Rok is a young refugee from Southern Sudan who hails from the Dandenong Community Street Soccer Program in Melbourne. The Dandenong program is popular among refugees and Rok is considered a leader at both the Community Street Soccer Program and within his community.

Glandell, South Africa:

At 43 years old, Glandell is the oldest player in the time and has lived on the streets for the last two months. He has now been clean from drugs for a month.

To follow the tournament online and to read more players' stories, visit our website www.homelessworldcup.org

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Admir, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Admir, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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