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Two halves, two street papers

Representing INSP at the 2019 Homeless World Cup, Tony Inglis had a day to take in as much of the tournament as possible. With a number of the national teams represented being affiliated with street papers in their respective countries, he took it upon himself to ensure that he supported them all at least once over the course of the day. It presented an intriguing match clash which happened to bring out the best in what the event has to offer – fair play, camaraderie, friendship and excellent football.

“A once in a lifetime experience”

INSP caught up with two of the younger players representing their country at the 2019 Homeless World Cup. Angela Ntoumanoglou, from Greece, and Jungho Kang, from Korea, are only teenagers, and both participate in street football for different reasons, though both agree that getting to play at the tournament was a once in a lifetime experience.

Soccer and street papers: Players from Surprise’s street soccer project are Switzerland’s representatives at the 2019 Homeless World Cup

Not everyone knows that street paper organisations have myriad social projects that go alongside the creation and sale of the publication itself. Sport programmes are increasingly popular and at the 2019 Homeless World Cup several of the competing nation teams were chosen from such projects. INSP caught up with Axel Woltmann, one of the players on the Swiss team, which stems from the country’s street paper organisation, Surprise.

From hostels to the football pitch and beyond

Ex-RAF veteran Gary Godfrey moved back to Glasgow, Scotland, last year and onto couches and hostels after battling substance abuse and alcohol misuse. Now, he is captaining his country in an international tournament, about to move into an apartment and start a new job. INSP spoke to him between matches at the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, Wales.

How one goal inspired Michael Sheen to bring the Homeless World Cup to Wales

Acclaimed actor turned activist and social enterprise advocate Michael Sheen is an ambassador for the 2019 Homeless World Cup being held in his home country of Wales. He told The Big Issue why he spearheaded the bid for the tournament to head to Cardiff.

The Big Issue Korea drop in to The Big Issue’s Cardiff office during 2019 Homeless World Cup

The Big Issue Korea’s street soccer team are representing South Korea at the 2019 Homeless World Cup being held in Cardiff, Wales. During a break in play, members of the group visited The Big Issue UK’s office in the city.

The Big Issue Australia’s Street Socceroos at the Homeless World Cup 2019

Meet the new Street Socceroos! Eight of the fittest and finest Big Issue Street Soccer stars are representing Australia in the 17th annual Homeless World Cup. They’re in Cardiff, Wales, where they are competing against 50 other nations. For some, it’s their first time overseas. For all, it will be a life-changing experience.

As the Homeless World Cup comes to Wales, the country’s players finally receive recognition

This weekend marks the start of the 2019 Homeless World Cup, and INSP is heading to Cardiff to attend. Ahead of kick off, Welsh team representatives from this year and tournaments past received international caps, an honour which means they have now been officially recognised for representing their country in the sport.

#INSP25: In conversation with INSP co-founder Mel Young and current INSP chair Fay Selvan

On the first day of this year’s Global Street Paper Summit, current INSP chair Fay Selvan was joined in conversation by INSP co-founder, first ever chair, former honorary president, and co-founder of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, for a wide-ranging discussion about the past, present and future of the street paper movement as INSP turns 25. The conversation was moderated by Hannele Huhtala, editor-in-chief of Finnish street paper Iso Numero. The full transcript is now available.

Sizzling summer street paper covers are animal mad!

Soak up a summery selection of animal-mad street paper covers with pugs, wolves, chickens, seagulls and crabs – plus Pikachu and the fish star of Finding Dory.

“The Homeless World Cup gave me ambition back in my life”

Scottish Homeless World Cup star Stephanie has beaten addiction & homelessness to play for her country. She’s competed in front of thousands of fans, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“Aussie team spirit” for Big Issue’s Socceroos at Homeless World Cup

In the midst of the tournament, we learn how The Big Issue Australia helped seven players bring the infectious “Aussie team spirit” to the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. The experience has already rendered goalkeeper Shannon “speechless”.

Our vendors: Stella Mavridou (Shedia, Thessaloniki, Greece)

This is the true story behind the Homeless World Cup viral video of the week. Stella Mavridou is a fan favourite this week at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. She tells us her harrowing story – and how she turned her life around through Shedia.

Student cycles 2,000 miles to Euros to support Northern Irish Homeless World Cup team

Northern Irish football fan Stephen Collins raised more than £3,000 to help Street Soccer NI compete in this year’s Homeless World Cup – by cycling to his home squad’s fixtures at Euro 2016.

Our vendors: Ruedi Kälin (Surprise, Zurich, Switzerland)

Homeless World Cup special! Ahead of this year’s tournament – which kicks off in Glasgow this Sunday – INSP caught up with Surprise vendor Ruedi Kälin, who has been selected for the Swiss team.

Street paper vendors among hundreds of Homeless World Cup players heading to Glasgow

The Homeless World Cup kicks off in Glasgow on Sunday – we caught up with some of the players who are also street paper vendors.

Homeless World Cup Glasgow: full draw revealed ahead of 2016 contest

This summer, over 500 players from 52 nations will gather in Glasgow for the 14th Homeless World Cup – but who will they be up against? Check out the full draw for the “life-changing” tournament.

Designer boost for Homeless World Cup from social business T-shirt firm

Homeless World Cup fans can now display their support for the tournament, whilst raising money to support its work, with designer T-shirts from social business Hopeful Traders. PLUS! Find out what the tournament will look like in Glasgow.

Homeless World Cup to be held in Glasgow this July

64 teams, representing 51 countries, are expected to compete in George Square, in the heart of Glasgow – and just round the corner from INSP HQ!

“In Palestine football gives us identity” FIFA’s Honey Thaljieh on fighting oppression with football

For FIFA’s Honey Thaljieh, football has always been more than a game. She smashed cultural and political barriers to co-found and captain Palestine’s first-ever women’s football team, and continues to use the beautiful game to promote and inspire gender equality and social inclusion.

Mexico double winners at 2015 Homeless World Cup

Sombreros soared into the sky in Amsterdam when the men’s and women’s teams from Mexico claimed a double victory at the 2015 Homeless World Cup. But while two champions were crowned, over 600 players were winners.

Free haircuts for players puts Homeless World Cup a cut above

Players at the Homeless World Cup received free haircuts after they came off the pitch in Amsterdam this week from Dutch ‘Homeless Barber’ Ryan Wooter.

“This is a strong symbol” Greece win INSP Trophy at Homeless World Cup

There were euphoric and emotional scenes in Amsterdam today when Greece beat Switzerland to lift the INSP Trophy at the Homeless World Cup. We spoke to them after the victory.

Greek street paper vendor ready to fight for Homeless World Cup INSP Trophy

A team from Greece, which includes vendors for Greek street paper, Shedia, will compete for a trophy sponsored by INSP (International Network of Street Papers) at the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam today. We spoke to vendor Stella about how Shedia and football have changed her life.

Swedish Homeless World Cup goalie: “Selling Faktum made my day meaningful”

At the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam, Swedish goalkeeper Jasmin tells INSP how selling the street paper Faktum in Gothenburg helped her pay for housing and stay clean from drugs.

A small nation with a big heart wins over fans at the Homeless World Cup

While they might not have made a massive impact on the scoreboard, Grenada has won over players, fans and staff from the beginning with their infections energy and enthusiasm.

“We can see the effect the Homeless World Cup is having on their souls”

The editors of Greek street paper Shedia, Ireland’s Big Issue and Russian paper Put Domoi agree: win or lose, the Homeless World Cup changes lives.

In photos: Tears, triumphs – and luchadors – at the Homeless World Cup

Experience the drama of the Homeless World Cup’s first few days.