Monday, December 8, 2008
Homeless World Cup Games Draw Thousands
Afghanistan United: homeless soccer stars hold the cup aloft
By David Cooke
Melbourne, Australia--ABOUT 5000 Afghans are scattered across Victoria, many forced in the last decade to seek peace away from their war-torn homeland. But over the last week, the local Afghan community has seemed so much bigger as hordes of patriots — mostly young men — danced and cheered for an unstoppable team of young homeless soccer stars.
Draped in the red, black and green of the Afghan flag and chanting "A-F-G" at any opportunity, they have been the stalwarts of the 2008 Homeless World Cup.