This morning Mel Young (the man behind Homeless World Cup) had an interview with a local film documenting crew, what Mel didn't know is that the interview will take place next to hidalgo metro station, a place where street homeless people hang around in a reality which is very hard to watch. we arrived early in the morning, some of the homeless behind the barriers who began to wake up were already high from glue sniffing and other drugs. While Mel was interviewed Jose from telemex foundation and Daniel Copto the president of street soccer Mexico were handing food and talked to the young men. once a ball tossed to the paved square they immediately began to kick it play and laugh and a small sparkle in their eyes was beginning to shine a bit. when the interview finished they played a short match together with their friend Flaco (skinny in spanish) which is now a part of this year team Mexico. On the way back to the Zocalo i had a chat with 23 years old Emanuel, he has been living in the street since he was 7! Emanuel is a good friend of Flaco, and after seeing the change in his old time street friend he told me that he wants to try to get to team Mexico next year and hopefully get rid of his addictions and go back to live with his family. Like Emanuel there are many more people who do not have a home to come back to at the end of the day and today i really saw in front of my eyes where the change begins.
Flaco plays with where he used to hang around when he was homeless
"football can change the world"