Brazil prepares for a World Cup to beat homelessness

Over 30,000 homeless players around the world are aiming for the chance to stand proud and represent their country on the global stage in Rio. A street soccer stadium with 3 pitches holding a crowd of 5,000 will be built on Copacabana Beach with the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain as the remarkable, iconic backdrop.

Rio, Brazil

Mel Young, President, Homeless World Cup said: “Brazil and the City of Rio have the courage to take positive steps to address poverty and serious social issues with football, a sport in which they lead the world.

“The Homeless World cup is an opportunity for homeless people to move from the invisible margins to the center of Rio, stand proud on a global stage, true ambassadors for their country, and change their lives. A ball can change the world.”

Orlando Silva, Brazilian Sports Minister, said: “It is with great satisfaction that the Brazilian Ministry of Sport supports the Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup. I’m convinced that gathering people from the whole world in a great sports movement for peace and social change will create a strong impact and contribution.”

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