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.
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 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.
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