ULTRAS AHLAWY

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As the final whistle blew in Port Said, Egypt, on February 1, 2012, 19-year-old Ahmed Sayid Amin saw his team, Al Ahly, start sprinting…

DOHA ASPIRERS

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“Expect amazing,” exhorted Qatar’s 2010 campaign to host the World Cup. Half the human race, 3.2 billion people, watched the last World…

OLD MASTERS

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“My dad was a coach here during the war,” says Ove Jørgensen. “That’s when I started.” Seven decades later, Jørgensen still trains once a…

LIMPOPO GRANNIES

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Twice a week in Limpopo, South Africa, a group of pensioners, domestic workers and street vendors aged anywhere from 49 to 84 transforms…

TRI GAY

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“We don’t want to give this image to the kids,” said Alfonso Sabater, president of the Mexican Football Federation’s Disciplinary…

ATLETICO MAMACHAS

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In 2004, FIFA President Sepp Blatter suggested that female footballers “wear tighter shorts and low-cut shirts ... to create a more…

“TOGO”

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In a September 2010 friendly match, the notoriously weak Bahrain beat a surprisingly sluggish Togo team 3-0. An official investigation by…

ABADAN BRAZIL

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Barefoot kids juggle their footballs in dusty alleys. Portraits of Neymar and Ronaldo hang from storefronts and their national flag flies…

SPECIAL EAGLES

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“It has not been easy playing on one leg,” midfielder Uchechukwu Onwugbufor told Nigerian newspaper the National Mirror in 2013.…

GIANT PUPPETS FC

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Every year during carnival, giant puppets bob through Recife, Brazil, modeled after football icons from Pelé and Maradona to Brazilian…