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Wacken Open Air 2016
Wacken
By Ralf Falbe
05 Aug 2016

Audio-Slideshow: Wacken in Germany is one of the most important Heavy Metal Festivals in the world with more than 70.000 visitors.

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DFB Pokal German Cup
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
10 Aug 2015

FC St. Pauli vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach, DFB Pokal 2015,Hamburg, Germany. Fans of Gladbach before the match.

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Wacken Heavy Metal
Wacken
By Ralf Falbe
31 Jul 2015

Wacken Open Air Festival 2015 near Hamburg in Germany. Attracting 70,000 vistors from all over the world, it is one of the most important Heavy Metal events in the world.

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Slum Priests in Argentina, between So...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Fabien Palem
18 Jun 2015

Imagine a vicar, bored and tired of giving sermons to old devout women of his parish. His mind is somewhere else. Imagine this same priest all day long, walking around, riding his bike on the dirty and destroyed roads of the Buenos Aires’ slums; trying to avoid all the holes, puddles of water… surrounded sometimes by exchanges of gunfire. In Argentina, slum priests (“curas villeros”) became famous when the Vatican elected Jorge Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis, in February 2013. If Francis is now considered as a “popular” Pope (or Pope “of the poor”), it is thanks to one of the “curas villeros”, Father “Pepe”, who had received Bergoglio in “his” slum to show him the plight of the people in his overwhelmingly impoverished parish.

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio himself had always been a fervent partisan of (popular) Liberation theology and tolerated and engaged with the popular devotional practices of these unprivileged populations, mostly composed of immigrants from nearby Bolivia or Paraguay. Popular religiosity is the only leitmotiv of these activist priests. They are often in conflict with the Vatican, who has labeled them as “heretics,” because of their having baptized children of single mothers and for having tolerated popular devotional practices towards unrecognized saints. They don’t hesitate to stray from Catholics dogma, which they sometimes find ignores the issues facing the people in their parishes. At the same time, “slum priests” also stay away from local politics.

“Here (in the “villas”), there are no right or left-wing positions. All the matter is to get water, access to electricity, and to improve daily life,” insists Father Gustavo Carrara.

All around the Argentinean capital and its huge suburbs, these “slum priests” try to help the city’s most impoverished people, whose numbers have increased between 2010 to 2014 with the population of these “villas” passing from 163,000 to 275,000 in Buenos Aires alone, according to the local secretary for housing. Far away from the sumptuous Cathedral of the “Plaza de Mayo” in Buenos Aires, slum priests are practicing in precarious parishes, built by themselves with the unconditional help of neighbours. Among the religiously devout social activists offering their help to these vicars of the poor are psychologists, social workers and spokespeople for the marginalized. Suspicious towards corrupt policemen and the shady politicians, they fight alongside these priests to save the youth from the dangers of the street, from drugs, and to help struggling mothers.

 

Les pretres des pauvres: entre la révolution et l'héresie​

Les prêtres tiers-mondistes en Argentine, entre révolution sociale et hérésie ? Imaginez un curé fatigué de donner des sermons aux vieilles dévotes de sa paroisse. Celles-ci l’ennuient, à la longue, car il a mieux à faire. Imaginez ce curé passant ses journées à déambuler en vélo dans les rues en terres des bidonvilles, en évitant les trous, les flaques d’eau… et les fusillades ! En Argentine, les curés tiers-mondistes (“curas villeros”) sont devenus célèbres lors de l’élection de l’ancien archevêque de Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio, devenu le Pape François en février 2013. Si François est aujourd’hui présenté comme le Pape “du peuple” (ou “des pauvres”), c’est essentiellement grâce à l’un de ces “curas villeros”, le Père “Pepe”, qui le recevait dans “son” bidonville, afin de l’alerter des problèmes du peuple.

Aux quatre coins de la capitale argentine, ainsi que dans son immense périphérie, ils viennent en aide aux plus démunis, dont le nombre ne cesse d’augmenter (de 2010 à 2014, la population des “villas” est passée de 163.000 à 275.000 personnes dans la seule ville de Buenos Aires, selon le Secrétariat de l’habitat, et dont les problématiques sont trop souvent oubliées des pouvoirs publics. Bien loin de la Cathédrale fastueuse de la place de Mai de Buenos Aires, les curés villeros exercent dans des paroisses précaires, qu’ils ont souvent dû construire eux-mêmes, avec l’aide inconditionnelle des riverains. Ces sacerdotes hors du commun, vêtus aussi humblement que leurs fidèles, sont un mélange d’assistants sociaux, de psychologues et de porte-paroles des pauvres. Méfiants vis-à-vis des policiers corrompus, des représentants politiques véreux, ils repêchent les jeunes de la rue et de la drogue, assistent les mères désemparées, qui ne savent plus quoi faire de la ribambelle d’enfants arrivés trop tôt…

Ces hommes de terrain ont comme seul mot d’ordre la religiosité populaire. Ils se sont parfois attirés les foudres du Vatican, qui les considère comme des “hérétiques”, pour avoir notamment baptisé des enfants de mères célibataires et accepté la dévotion des villeros pour des saints et des vierges non-reconnus par l’Église. Ils n’hésitent pas à prendre certaines libertés par rapport au dogme catholique et aux concepts de l’Eglise, parfois complètement déconnectée de la réalité sociale, même s’ils se défendent d’appartenir à quelconque mouvement de gauche ou du péronisme.

« Ici (dans les villas), il n’y a pas de droite ni de gauche : tout ce qui importe, c’est d’avoir de l’eau, de l’électricité et de vivre mieux », insiste ainsi le Père Gustavo Carrara.

Jorge Bergoglio lui-même a toujours été un fervent défenseur de la Théologie du Peuple, refusant de condamner leur vision de la foi et s’appuyant sur les croyances populaires de cette population déshéritée, qui compte un grand nombre d’immigrants (Boliviens et Paraguayens).

 

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Ukrainian Hockey Struggles amid Conflict
Kiev, Ukraine
By ItsBorys
16 Feb 2015

The PHL was once Ukraine's top hockey league but nothing remains of the league after the strains of corruption and conflict caused its demise.

"When all the conflict started in East Ukraine, I realized that we are not going to have our championship," says Alexander Karolyuk, a former PHL player.

Left behind are the young Ukrainian men who returned from leagues around the world to play in the PHL. These established hockey players have few options now that their former strongest hockey ally Russia has invaded their country.

Since the war began many Russian KHL teams simply refuse to sign Ukrainian players, and many Ukrainian players can't even contemplate leaving to play in that country. Many have been forced to retire and find civilian jobs while others have chosen to forego fighting on the ice to fight for their country. Some have died doing so.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By ItsBorys
16 Feb 2015

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The PHL was once Ukraine's top hockey league but nothing remains of the league after the strains of corruption and conflict caused its demise.

"When all the conflict started in East Ukraine, I realized that we are not going to have our championship," says Alexander Karolyuk, a former PHL player.

Left behind are the Young Ukrainian men who returned from leagues around the world to play in the PHL. These established hockey players have few options now that their former strongest hockey ally Russia has invaded their country.

Since the war began many Russian KHL teams simply refuse to sign Ukrainian players, and many Ukrainian players can't even contemplate leaving to play in that country. Many have been forced to retire and find civilian jobs while others have chosen to forego fighting on the ice to fight for their country. Some have died doing so.

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Le club de mon quartier
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Fabien Palem
01 Dec 2014

A virgin watches over the community during the years-end festival. Behind, a sign reads "CLUB ATLETICO MADRE DEL PUEBLO, EL CLUB DE MI BARRIO," the association that organizes sports and cultural activity in the neighbourhood.

Pendant la fête de fin d'année à la villa, une vierge veille sur le voisinage.
En fond: "CLUB ATLETICO MADRE DEL PUEBLO, EL CLUB DE MI BARRIO" ("le club de mon quatier"), l'association géré par les habitants et les curés, qui organisent de multiples activités culturelles et sportives

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Fête populaire dans la villa
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Fabien Palem
01 Dec 2014

In the "First of November 2014" slum, also called "Bajo Flores," a festival is organized by the parish and the community.

Dans la villa 1-11-14, dite du « Bajo Flores », une fête organisée conjointement par la paroisse et les habitants.

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Padre Gustavo
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Fabien Palem
01 Dec 2014

Father Gustavo is a key personality in the city, promoting social cohesion and the community's visibility.

Le Père Gustavo est un personnage-clé de la villa, clé de voûte du vivre ensemble et de la visibilité du quartier.

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Papa Francisco
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Fabien Palem
01 Dec 2014

Pope Francis waves from a mural adorning the wall of the San Lorenzo football club's stadium.

Le Pape François (Papa Francisco) vous salue, depuis les murs du stade du club de football San Lorenzo, "son" club.

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Villa
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Fabien Palem
01 Dec 2014

The entrance to the "First of November 2014" slum, seen from the San Lorenzo stadium.

L'une des entrées de la villa 1-11-14, vue depuis le stade de San Lorenzo.

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Fête populaire dans la villa
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Fabien Palem
01 Dec 2014

A banner reading "Papa de los villeros" ("The Pope of the slumdwellers" in Spanish) adorns the neighborhood square during a public gathering.

En fond: "papa de los villeros" ("le pape des (habitants de) bidonvilles", en espagnol)

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Iranian Soccer Fever
By Nicola Zolin
18 Jun 2014

February-April, 2014
Iran

While Iran usually known for nuclear politics and religious radicalism, it is also known for soccer. Iran is ranked as the best team in Asia and is participating in this year's World Cup in Brazil. For country as culturally and socially diverse as Iran, soccer is unifying force and the passion for the sport permeates every corner of society.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
28 Oct 2013

For the locals singing is very important. It is loud but also very rhythmic. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
27 Oct 2013

A young fan is assisting by holding the megaphone. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Oct 2013

Asian fans are cheering in a different way than locals and Africans. Al Gharafa against Lekhwiya in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 1-2.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Oct 2013

Even a bagpipe has been imported to improve the atmosphere. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Oct 2013

Fans watching the game closely, following each move of the players. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
25 Oct 2013

A fan coordinator trying to control the crowd. Some fan coordinators move around from club to club assisting the fans and club to create the best atmosphere. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
25 Oct 2013

The fans wholeheartedly shout and clap after a goal. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

Fans are following the action on the field closely. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3. .

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

With the hard work of fan coordinators more and more peple are participating in directing and coordinating the fans. Umm Salal against Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

Local fans entering the stadium before Al Wakrah against Al Sadd in Qatar Stars League.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

Nigerian fan of Al Wakrah cheearing during Al Wakrah against Al Sadd in Qatar Stars League.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Oct 2013

Both groups of fans are located on the long side of the station leaving both ends empty. Muaither against El Jaish in Qatar Stars League.The game ended 2-4.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Oct 2013

Fans are singing and playing music with passion during the game. Muaither against El Jaish. The game ended 2-4.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Oct 2013

Fan is trying to encourage other local fans to clap and make as much noise as possible. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Qatar Fans
Doha, Qatar
By Transterra Editor
23 Oct 2013

While the world is busy discussing if World Cup 2022 should be taken away from Qatar or
moved to the winter, people in Qatar are busy playing football. Fans are attending games in
during the Qatar stars league, children are training in clubs and grown ups are playing in amateur leagues. With the time of 8.5 or 8 years to wait depending on the decision by FIFA, there is enough time to improve the football culture in Qatar and remove all the negative expectations about 2022.

Qatar is a country of only 2,042,444 people (July 2013 est.) which includes only 15% Qataris. The rest is expats mainly from other Arabic countries, Philippines and Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan. With the future of Qatar, a future of expansion (4.19% growth rate), and thereby more foreigners, Qatar will be an even more multicultural country.

Football culture was introduced to Qatar in the 1940s and 1950s by oil workers from Europe. The Qatar Stars League (QSL) is the highest professional league in Qatari football with its first season played in 1963 and now in 2013, featuring 14 clubs with one club demoted to second.

From the beginning of the establishment of the league, it had problems attracting spectators even with high profile players like Raul, Pep Guardiola and Gabriel Batistuta. With only around 300.000 Qataris, expatriates must be brought in to increase the numbers. The official attendance is over 5000 in average but that is impossible with such a small population. Slovenia, a country with
similar population as Qatar (but almost all are Slovenians compared to Qatar) had an average of 530 spectators in the 2012/13 season.

The attendance in Qatar is probably similar (if not a bit lower) but a lot more loud; as singing through a megaphone and playing the drums throughout the game are common.

Qatar Football Assocation (QFA) and Qatar Stars League (QSL) have started a number
of initiatives to improve the attendance: relations with schools and embassies, various
communities, a fan club where you get points for watching a game and is offering price bonuses at some of the games. The initiatives have attracted more spectators but getting people to the stadium is a change of culture in a country where football is mostly watched at home, in front of the TV.

There are mainly 3 groups of fans with their own characteristics. Sometimes, depending on the club, are all present at games. Local fans are mostly fans paid to attend the games. There are fan coordinators who coordinate the cheering, singing and clapping and who circulate among the different clubs.

A band is playing local songs on drums and one or 2 fans is singing through out the whole game. Saadi Ahmed Al-Essa, a local who had paid for his ticket, at Al Sadd against Qatar SC, is going with his 2 children when there is a bigger game but he prefers to see the game in person.

The Asians represent the largest group of fans at most games. Khalil Khandoker is a Bangladeshi citizen, working in Qatar for a construction company. He is a the stadium for the game with some of his friends. Watching football is one of the cheapest activities possible for him in Doha ( a ticket is around 3 dollars) but mostly they do get free tickets.
The atmosphere is good he think with the dancing from the Africans and the music from
the locals. Asians are more quiet than the other groups but still clap and cheer during the game.

African spectators are coming to watch the games of the clubs with African players and if they live around one of the stadiums. African spectators are like they are at home: dancing and cheering in the most wonderful way. It seems they came to the stadium for the party and not the game.

With African spectators, Asians and locals on a stadium the atmosphere is energetic and loud: music, clapping, singing and dancing. Nnakeme Adeyemi, a Nigerian fan, at Al Wakrah against Al Sadd, is mostly at the stadium because of his friends and not the
football. But the atmosphere is good and he will surely return.

Compared to countries of similar size the Qatar Stars League has an attendance which is reasonable, and as anybody who has attended a game includes more singing and drumming from the spectators than similar crowds across the world.

Qatar Stars League will never be like Premier League in England but with the interest of Qataris, expats and initiates will be an attractive experience before 2022 World Cup.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Oct 2013

The fans are celebrating after their team, El Jaish, has secured the victory. Muaither against El Jaish in Qatar Stars League.The game ended 2-4.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Oct 2013

Asian fans cheering after Al Gharafa scores a goal. Al Gharafa against Lekhwiya in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 1-2.

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For Clan and Country (5 of 12)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By mcseaniew
18 Jul 2013

The women's stand is awash with colour, as girls and older women in traditional dress wave national flags and scream support for their team.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Erdogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
03 Jun 2013

Girls protesting outside Besiktas Football stadium gathered in Istanbul, an area that has been the site of the most severe clashes between police and protesters in recent days. Thousands gathered in advance of Monday's protests, many of them high school students and young people.