TIBET FORBIDDENS

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Tibet’s first-ever goal was scored by a secondary-school gym teacher named Lobsang Norbu in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was Tibet’s 2001…

CHOSEN FEW

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Eudy Simelane’s partially clothed body was found dumped in a creek outside Johannesburg in 2008. She had been gang-raped, beaten, and…

EVERGRANDE GALACTICOS

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Soccer Boy is one of the nation’s most popular comics. Cristiano Ronaldo hawks local weight-loss pills; David Beckham’s unlicensed image…

BRIGHT STARS

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Finally independent from Sudan after five decades of civil war, one of South Sudan’s first moves as a new nation in 2011 was to form a…

PADANIA GREENS

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Representing a separatist state proposed by Italian political party Lega Nord, the Padania national football team won every international…

ALTERNATIVA FC

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Every year, Alternativa and up to other 1,200 teams compete for glory at Peladão in Manaus, Brazil, the largest amateur football…

TAMIL EXILES

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After over 30 years of armed insurgency, the Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam were wiped out by the Sri Lankan army in May 2009. Three years…

SUNDAY AMATEURS FC

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“Any lower boy in this house who does not play football once a day and twice on a half holiday will be fined half a crown and kicked,”…

ORANGE TREE FC

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In 2009, electricity came to the remote Amazonian village of Lapetanha, Brazil, and local Suruí tribe members started watching football…

GBP PRISONERS VS. GBP GUARDS

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Players warm up among mattresses and clothes hanging on lines. When they walk outside, they’re stopped at a metal door and frisked by…