A worthy goal

Soccer>> Homeless • Mexico

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageWhen Ana Aguirre stepped onto the soccer field wearing her green Mexican uniform and scored goals against teams from Brazil and the US, she seemed to have forgotten her sorry life. There were no jobless parents, no addicts, no dead friends and no young men with pistols shoved into their acid-washed jeans. There was only a celebratory noise: fans, commentators, music and the sound of ball being kicked or teammates yelling.

It was just soccer. Aguirre was participating in the weeklong Homeless World Cup which brings together teams from dozens of countries to compete on four-player squads, with each athlete selected according to both talent and need. Ranging in age from their teens to their mid-20s, the players were chosen through a series of interviews over the past year. The selected arrived in Mexico City in mid-September. The Mexican women went on to win the final on October 14, beating Brazil 6-2 with Aguirre scoring twice.

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