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Lithuania ultras 09
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Jonas's wife Ramånä isn't a big football fan but has been to a couple of matches with her husband.

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Lithuania ultras 10
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The family bought a bike for their youngest member Aistä—. She just turned 2.

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Lithuania ultras 11
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Jonas doesn't like watching football on TV, he'd rather play it or see it live.

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Lithuania ultras 13
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Memorabilia plays a big role while supporting the club at the stadium. It is often used in various choreographic moments created by the fans.

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Lithuania ultras 14
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Fanclub consists of people from very varied age groups. Most of Jonas's good friends are older fans.

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Lithuania ultras 18
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

A drum with DIY drum stick, chants and merchandise colored accordingly to match the clubs color scheme - these are the weapons of choice for a fan supporting the team in the stadium.

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Lithuania ultras 15
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

For the fans the game is a religion, and they openly show it.

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Lithuania ultras 16
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Many fans come from different enviroments, social classes and age groups, but at the stadium they consider themselves a big family.

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Lithuania ultras 17
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Jonas' first trip with the fan club was in 1998, after which came a break from football fandom. But since 2010 he'€™s been back in the stadium with his friends, trying not to miss any of the matches.

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Lithuania ultras 19
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Flares and pyrotechnics aren't allowed in the stadium by the law, but they always get smuggled in.

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Lithuania ultras 20
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Even though flares are prohibited by the law, they're always smuggled in. The police doesn't intervene in celebrations. Nowadays they just observe.

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Lithuania ultras 12
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

In the fan section of the stadium nobody sits. The seats here are for standing up.

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Lithuania ultras 21
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Fans gather at the stadium no matter the weather.

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Lithuania ultras 22
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Fans' intention to make their show of support as visually impressive as possible always ends up in smoke and fire.

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Lithuania ultras 23
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Fans' intention to make their show of support as visually impressive as possible always ends up in smoke and fire.

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Lithuania ultras 24
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The choreography of support is always organised by the most vocal and active fans on the spot.

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Lithuania ultras 25
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The goal of the fanclub is to support their team as loudly and as visibly as possible.

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Lithuania ultras 26
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

In the stadium Jonas tries to be as vocal of a fan as he can.

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Lithuania ultras 27
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The club's players thank fans for their support after each game.

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Lithuania ultras 04
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
31 Mar 2015

"FIFA" is Jonas's favourite PlayStation 3 game.

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Lithuania ultras 05
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
31 Mar 2015

Managing his family life while being an ultra is not hard for Jonas.

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Football in Rio Favelas 01
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

Football net at night in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 06
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

A local girl poses at the football field in Morro do Salgueiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 03
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

Two boys guarding the net during scrimmage in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.

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Lithuania ultras 01
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
29 Mar 2015

"They're annoying" - a young fan about the police.

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Lithuania ultras 02
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
29 Mar 2015

Covering your face in the fan section is popular. Fans know that the police always examine photos from the games to find out who brought in illegal pyrotechnics.

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Lithuania ultras 03
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
29 Mar 2015

Friendship between the fans and the club is apparent at the end of every game. Fans thank the players, and the players thank the fans.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
29 Dec 2014

A boy stops to pose for a photo while playing near a ship recycling yard in Dhaka.

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HSV Soccer Training
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
26 Aug 2014

Germany, Hamburg, 26.08.2014, Training unit of first Bundesliga soccer club Hamburger SV (HSV) at the Imtech Arena.

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"Free Syrian Football Team
Tripoli
By ashgallagher
22 Jul 2014

June, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon

As the war in Syria drags on, some Syrian defectors and refugees are choosing to fight with a football. Training in northern Lebanon, team members passionately follow international football teams- and now, they are determined to become the new representatives for a free Syrian national team. They are fervent in their Ramadan prayers by day and train with passion at night. We gain rare access to their world, how they live, and just how they hope to rise above the turmoil in their country through sport.

By Ashley Gallagher

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"Free" Syrian National Football Team
By ashgallagher
16 Jul 2014

June, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon

As the war in Syria drags on, some Syrian defectors and refugees are choosing to fight with a football. Training in northern Lebanon, team members watched the 2014 World Cup games and were inspired - and now, they are determined to become the new representatives for a free Syrian national team. They are fervent in their Ramadan prayers by day and train with passion at night. We gain rare access to their world, how they live, and just how they hope to rise above the turmoil in their country through sport.

OPENING SHOT: GUYS SPREADING FSA FLAG 3-4 SECONDS/NATSOUND
SECOND SHOT: PLAYING W/ SOCCER BALL / WALK UP
---(CON'T VO)--- 01.15 My name is Nehad Saad al Dine from Homs. I came from Homs to Lebanon 2 years ago. I play with the national Free Syrian team
BUTT TO (OnCam) My house and my family, my brother were caught in shelling .

VO NOUR- SHOW NOUR WALKING THROUG SMALL CORRIDOR OUTSIDE.
1252 My name is Nour al din Khatan, I came from Homs Syria, I play with the Free Syrian team.

(VO --NOUR WALKING) ONCAM THEN TO VO - NEHAD PLAYING WITH FOOTBALL. ADJUSTING SHIRT ON THE HANGER
-SOT NEHAD:----1015 the regime doesn't distinguish people with the random shelling, we decided to continue with sports despite everything, we have martyrs. we lost our houses and we continue

ONCAM SOT NOUR THEN TO VO OF NEHAD/NOUR BEHIND THE WALL to VO OF THE BOYS BY THE FLAG
NOUR -- , i was visiting a relatives in Tripoli they told me about Nehad, they told me about the team and Nehad the coach , there's Nehad Said al Dieah who's running the Free Syrian team, so they told me "your are a player why don't you join them!"

VO OF NEHAD SHOWING TEAM PIX ON PHONE /ON CAM/ VO OF SHOES
NEHAD: // 1225 The team members work different jobs, so we can collect money from each other to rent stadiums and pay for uniforms, our players are professionals, they used to pay for professional teams in Syria

VO: OPEN STREET SHOTS AND W/ CALLS TO PRAYERS 3-4 SECONDS/ FADE TO NOUR GETTING READY to ON CAM TO IFTAR GATHERING
NOUR: // 1227 [[During Ramadan]] we spend our day: we wake up early, we bring things for the house, we bring things to break the fast and then we after we train for an hour, and then go back, we train again then we spend time with our friends, we pray. this is normal lifE

ON CAM/NEHAD 02.16.00 -- Thanks to God, we're managing our work, we are able to rent a stadium and buy uniformsNOUR: with our work, we are trying to rent a stadium,

VO OF BOYS W/ THE FLAG/ON CAM/EQUPTMT SHOTS
SOT NOUR: 0774 When the crises ends I want this team to represent all Syria, free Syria the independent Syria. To represent all Syria, not to JUST Damascus or Homs, but all Syria, God willing in the coming few years there will be national team no bribing and with no sectarianism and our team will move forward 2.59.23

VO OF IFTAR
ON CAM/NEHAD: we are facing many things here in lebanon, the regime still threatens us, the regime has a lot of allies and the players are in danger

FADE OUT/LAST SHOTS OF NIGHT FOOD/ BOMBING IN THE BACKGROUND OVER NIGHHT CITY SHOTS

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World Cup: Germany football fans in S...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
By arduopress
13 Jul 2014

A male supporter of Germany (C) reacts during the World Cup final match against Argentina at the Goethe-Institut Sao Paulo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13th Jul, 2014. Germany defeated Argentina after extra time at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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World Cup: Germany football fans in S...
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
By arduopress
13 Jul 2014

A female supporter of Germany (C) reacts during the World Cup final match against Argentina at the Goethe-Institut Sao Paulo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13th Jul, 2014. Germany defeated Argentina after extra time at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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World Cup Legacy in Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre, Brazil
By Roberta Scherer
09 Jul 2014

Even close to its end, the World Cup still impacts the Brazilian people. The removals that happened for the construction of stadiums, enlargement of roads and airports are still a subject of discussion. A lot of Brazilians are still affected by the measures taken for the realization of the event.
Many popular movements united and founded the World Cup popular committees. These comities intend to promote discussion and a bigger involvement on subjects related to urban renovations, exploitation of labor and temporary measures related to the competition. Cláudia Fávaro, one of the founders of the Committee in Porto Alegre, says that the biggest concern about the removals is that, according to her, they are being held improperly.
A typical case is that of the inhabitants of the Vila Dique, close to Salgado Filho International Airport, in Porto Alegre. Part of the community was removed for the enlargement of the airstrip. A significant part of the dwellers are collectors of recycled material and the new homes they were offered are in apartments in a building, making their task harder. However, the biggest problem is related to the structure of the new residences, because they do not have enough public infrastructures to shelter 1.4 thousand families. According to the inhabitants, they do not have health centers or schools to put their children. All the public infrastructure has currently been transferred and the population that still lives in Vila Dique is completely unassisted, feeling obligated to move.
Despite the removals, the renovations planned to enlarge the runway have not been finished. According to Cláudia Favaro, a study made after the removals says that the ground is a wetland, making it impossible to build the runway.

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CONIFA: World Cup for Stateless Nations
By lordcob
22 Jun 2014

Just few days before the start of the Football World Cup in Brazil, a little-known tournament had already been completed, and the champion was a nation that stretches across portions of France and Italy that ceased to exist 150 years ago: Contea de Nissa.

The CONIFA World Cup is an alternative international football tournament featuring 12 teams representing internationally unrecognized nations and peoples. Competitors include teams from places like Abkhazia, Darfur, Kurdistan, and elsewhere. The tournament was held in the Swedish city of Ostersund, which is located on land that is part of the the historic region of Sapmi, or Lapland, the ancestral lands of the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia. For CONIFA founder Pers-Anders Lund, the tournament is about giving representation to the world's ubiquitous underrepresented nations.

“There is no prize in cash, players that normally just represent local clubs are now competing for their whole region, for their blood and flesh, they are bringing home pride and dignity for their people," explained Lund. "There are 80 millions Tamils and 40 millions Kurds who don't have a national team to support in Brazil.”

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Karim Benzema
Salvador da Bahia
By Ralf Falbe
20 Jun 2014

Brazil, Salvador da Bahia
French National Soccer Team player Karim Benzema before the match, France vs Switzerland, FIFA World Cup, June 20, 2014.

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Brazilian Military Police
Salvador Da Bahia, Bahia
By Ralf Falbe
20 Jun 2014

Brazil, Salvador da Bahia, 20.06.2014, Fifa World Cup 2014, France vs. Switzerland, Military Police in the Arena Fonte Nova before the match.

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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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Cristiano Ronaldo
Salvador da Bahia
By Ralf Falbe
16 Jun 2014

Brazil, Salvador da Bahia
Portuguese National Soccer Team player Cristiano Ronaldo sings the Portuguese National Anthem before the match, Portugal vs Germany, FIFA World Cup, June 16, 2014.