footballers and children

“I love Messi because he plays very well. When I am big, I will play like him.” Our colleagues from UNICEF Burundi came across Leo Messi fan 7-year-old Jean-Petit (second from right) playing football with his friends in the small village of Rushubi. Their ball was carefully handmade from plastic bags wrapped in rubber bands. Every child has the right to play!


AND ON THE SECOND POSITION OF the “Take desperate to a new level” ranking, right after Even Bech Næsheim and his paper dispenser performance we have: 

YOUSEF ACAR, Bakka. 20 years old who, in order to get to talk and be close to his crush, comes up with the excuse of being thirsty and brings up a conversation (and demonstration) about how to peel carrots off as well as football and children. His performance ends up with him getting nervous when his crush’s brother uncovers his master plan and tells him to stop flirting with his sister which unfortunately leads him to forget his drink in the kitchen which clearly demonstrates how extra he is and how thirsty (not for a drink tho) he is for Sana’s attention. 


Children play football as oil wells, set ablaze by retreating Islamic State (IS) jihadists, burn behind them in the town of Qayyarah, some 70 km south of Mosul on November 20, 2016. Locals told AFP that they face a range of health issues including breathing difficulties, and sheperds said they could not sell their livestock as the sheep’s fleece was blackened by smoke.
USA World Cup winners Rapinoe and Morgan join Mata’s charity wage project
Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have signed up to Juan Mata’s initiative for footballers to donate 1% of their wages to charity
By Guardian sport

Two members of the World Cup-winning USA women’s team of 2015 have signed up to Juan Mata’s initiative for footballers to donate 1% of their wages to charity.

Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have joined Manchester United’s Mata and the Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels in pledging money to Common Goal, which supports global football initiatives for disadvantaged children.

“Myself and Alex felt it was important that women’s football was represented from the outset,” said Rapinoe, a midfielder with Seattle Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League. “We’re really looking forward to building the movement with Juan and Mats from here.”

Rapinoe and Morgan each have more than 120 caps and have played in two World Cup finals, suffering defeat by Japan in 2011 before beating the same opponents four years later. Morgan, a striker with Orlando Pride, was recently on loan at Lyon.

“As the global profile of women’s football continues to grow, players like myself and Megan will have an increasing number of opportunities to use our status for good,” Morgan said. “I’m thrilled to join Common Goal at this early stage and hope we can inspire many others to become part of the movement.”

Mata is aiming to put together an XI of professional footballers for the project, which is overseen by streetfootballworld, a group of more than 120 local charities.

“In Europe, we’ve just experienced a record-breaking transfer window,” Hummels said. “I think some fans are starting to feel alienated from the game in light of these kinds of developments. But as more players join Common Goal, we hope to show the world that football still has its heart in the right place.”