For refugees in Germany, football Is about bonding and a future

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Hamburg (Germany): On a football pitch in the heart of Hamburg, several languages could be heard through the drizzle of persistent summer rain. From the sidelines, the coaches shouted instructions in German, while players urged passes in Farsi (Persian). There were snatches of Arabic, and a cheer of “FC Lampedusa St Pauli” when the ball thudded into the net, echoed by the sparse crowd of viewers. I was at a tournament featuring what may be the northern German city’s most unusual football team, composed entirely of refugees.




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