Kick Start

This year’s homeless world cup in Paris gave hundreds of men and women a brighter outlook on life.

The Eiffel tower looms large behind them as the eight men representing the Hong Kong football team walk onto the pitch at Paris’ Champ de Mars public park. Their confidence grows with each step as the spectators cheer from the sidelines and the team readies itself for its opening match. But all this excitement and attention is unfamiliar to the tenacious competitors who have traveled halfway around the world to compete in the Homeless World Cup (HWU) football tournament. Indeed, it could hardly be more different from their daily existence in Hong Kong, where life on the street has made them almost invisible.

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Published on October 2011.

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