BARÇA FOUNDATION | A game called Hope

A documentary explains the story of five boys and girls who, despite their struggle, keep dreaming of a better world thanks to soccer.

Oulimata is from Somone, a small town in Senegal. Nupur lives in Dhaka, one of the most populated cities in Bangladesh. Rodrigo lives in Complexó da Maré, one of the most dangerous favelas in Rio de Janeiro. After fleeing the war in Syria, Givara lives with his family in a refugee camp in Greece. In Barcelona, Pablo faces Batten’s disease.

Five boys and girls from very different countries with one passion: play soccer. And they can do so thanks to the FutbolNet project by the Barça Foundation as well as learn with their friends values such as respect, team work, effort and humility.

The stories of Oulimata, Nupur, Rodrigo, Givara and Pablo are all put together in the documentary A Game called Hope, in which five journalists explain how these children struggle to keep hope in such difficult environments and conditions. A story about how soccer becomes a tool to making this world a better place. 

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Beyond poverty

Oulimata Thiaw lives with her mother and three brothers in Senegal. When he lost his father, he had to leave school to help support his family, a difficult situation for someone so young.

But Oulimata keeps smiling and hopes to achieve great things when she grows up. She is one of the participants at the Olympafrica FutbolNet project, a series of soccer tournaments that encourage sports values among teams from different African countries.

More than 10,000 kilometers away, in Dhaka (Bangladesh), the Barça Foundation and Unicef have launched a program to increase the number of children schooled through sports. So far, they have helped more than 3,000 children aged between 8 and 10 years.

Just like Nupur Akte, who lives with her family in a poor neighborhood. Her parents do not have the financial means to take her to school, but thanks to literacy classes and FutbolNet activities, Nupur now learns with her friends while she dreams of a better future.

Sports to fight violence

Both children and youngsters are the most fragile victims in war and violence. The insecurity and the fact of not being able to receive an education condition their future. This is why children in conflict zones are more vulnerable.

The Barça Foundation works in the refugee camps of Lesbos (Greece) with hundreds of children who have fled the war with their families. Like Givara Khalil, a Syrian girl who lives in the Kara Tepe refugee camp.

A Givara, FutbolNet helps you to interact with the community and the rest of the refugees of Kara Tepe. And they have even created a football team: the Kara Tepe United.

On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), many children try to lead a normal life despite the violence that surrounds them.

The FutbolNet program helps children like Rodrigo stay away from dangerous activities, improve their grades at school and have a good time with their friends through soccer.

Will to succeed

The fifth city stated in the documentary is very close to Barça and its Foundation. In Barcelona, there is Pablo, a 15 year-old boy who suffers from an uncommon disease that affects his nervous system, which forces him to be in a wheelchair.

However, Pablo does not give up and continues to do what he likes most: play soccer. Now he does so through activities adapted to his needs, such as those organized by the FutbolNet Diversitat program.

Five cities- five stories to show that soccer is much more than just a sport: it is a game that gives hope.

Soccer is team sport that conveys values such as respect, togetherness and fellowship (FutbolNet Diversitat)

Translated by Chaplin’s Languages | Find out more in Junior Report


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