From the factories of Pakistan to the Champions League Final
"The handiwork of the east, as many Sialkotis boast, isn’t easily rivaled. Now, the Forward Sports Factory produces over 18,000 footballs a day, including those used in Major League Soccer, the Bundesliga in Germany, and the European Champions League."
Whether it’s watching a Premier League match or trekking outdoors for a lazy pick-up game over the weekend, it’s tempting to take those small things that make football possible for granted. Sure, we appreciate an athlete’s dedication and the financial complexities that underline the sport, but the finer details are easy to overlook.
Case in point: over at Roads and Kingdoms, Omar Wairach recently journeyed to Sialkot, a city in the north-east of Pakistani that produces roughly 60 million footballs each year, making up 70% of the world’s total. It’s a complicated story, involving political rivalries and changing social realities, but it’s one you should be sure to check out. [Posted by Maxi]
Street Dreaming in Senegal
Whether it’s a city park, a dirt lot or a fenced-in turf field, children across the world spend day after day chasing the same dream to be the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. But while the quality of the pitch might change from region to region, and while some footballs might be more tattered than others, the same expression of joy is always apparent as kids momentarily transform into their idols once they step onto their local pitch.
Filmmakers Lea Amiel and Nicolas Libersalle recently visited Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to capture an artistic look at a few moments in the lives of the next Iniesta and Didier Drogba. Fair to say they found what they were looking for.