VIDEO: Interview of Abhijeet Barse (Slum Soccer, Nagpur) in Berlin
Over the first weekend of July I was in Berlin to cover a non-football event for an Indian television channel, but I had heard that a women's football tournament was being held in the German capital coinciding with the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Ge...
Over the first weekend of July, I was in Berlin to cover a non-football event for an Indian television channel, but I had heard that a women’s football tournament was being held in the German capital coinciding with the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany with teams from across the globe taking part.
Under the name of Discover Football this tournament was being organised in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Close to a 100 teams from around the world applied to take part and a high profile jury which included German FA president Dr. Theo Zwanziger and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Organising Committee chief Steffi Jones decided on the participants. Teams from Israel/Jordan/Palestine, Brazil, Rwanda, Togo, Cameroon, Afghanistan and India where chosen besides a team from Berlin.
The tournament was played from June 27 to July 3 with the aim not about winning, but rather being interaction and a chance to learn from each other. The tournament was in a small field 7 A-Side format played in two halves of 30 minutes each.
Slum Soccer from Nagpur were the Indian representatives at the Discover Football tournament in Berlin. They had come with a team of women and girls from Maoist affected areas and for them coming to Germany was like a dream come true. I had the chance to speak to Abhijit Barse about the experience and Slum Soccer as a project back home in India.
Here the video of my interview with Abhijeet Barse (Slum Soccer, Nagpur)