Nonprofit Uses Soccer to Bring Together Favela Residents and World Cup Fans

Fusion’s Mariana Van Zeller visited the “The Favela World Cup,” a tournament organized by the nonprofit Football Beyond Borders in the host city of Salvador, Bahia, with international fans and residents of nearby favelas. She was there for game day, and heard from two participants who were disappointed with the impact of the FIFA World Cup in their communities, but were excited about the chance to play soccer with people from around the world.

“Right now Brazil didn’t need to host the World Cup, we had other priorities,” said Nelito de Silva, one of the local players.

“I prefer this cup a thousand times more than the FIFA World Cup,” he added.

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