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Breaking The Shackles: Boys From Brothel Living Their Dreams

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The beautiful game is filled with many awe-inspiring stories, whether it’s Manchester United’s rise from the Munich tragedy to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forrest miracle, or the most recent Leicester City fairytale. Football always leaves us with something amazing.

The Indian footballing scene has been living under the rock for quite some time. A country of millions hasn’t done anything promising in the game. A growing market, ISL, new Futsal league and various other changes have started to happen which possibly and hopefully will take Indian football to another level.

Out of all this, 8 boys from the brothel of Sonagachi in Kolkata are currently playing in the one of biggest youth football tournament , DANA Cup, in Denmark, and boy ‘o boy they’re making a name for themselves. In a country like us, where there are hardly many world class facilities and coaches available to match the quality of the football being played in Europe or some other parts of the world, and to think of some bunch of kids from a red light area to come out on their own and set up a example that if you have that will to succeed in you, then all the excuses are left behind, they’re breaking every stereotype related to the football in our country.

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These under privileged children practice their football skills in Durbar Sports Academy in Ramnagar, under their coach Yakub Ali, who swells with pride when talking about the feats being achieved by his boys who’re giving something to cheer about to their mothers in their lives.

Their story from notorious Sonagachi area of asia’s biggest brothel in Kolkata along with other kids drawn from nearby slums who are also coached by Yakub Ali have Qualified for the DANA CUP in Denmark.
They now have thrashed Klebe SK(Norway) 4-0 in their last group league match of the Cup and topped the group Stage.

Yakub, a 15 year old player from this team was quoted, “We’ve grown used to of people sneering at us about where we come and about telling how our mothers are worthless”

“So, this will be a gift to all our mothers who have to put up with all the discrimination, abuse and injustice in their everyday life in Sonagachi”

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“Football has open doors for boys like us to prove their worth, we got a taste for victory when we won our league in Kolkata last year, but now we are only looking forward”

Stories like these make us believe that if we dream to achieve something, nothing can hold us back. It also reminds of this quote from the American TV series “Games if Thrones” by Tyrion Lannister :

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The beautiful game is filled with many awe-inspiring stories, whether it’s Manchester United’s rise from the Munich tragedy to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forrest miracle, or the most recent Leicester City fairytale. Football always leaves us with something amazing.

The Indian footballing scene has been living under the rock for quite some time. A country of millions hasn’t done anything promising in the game. A growing market, ISL, new Futsal league and various other changes have started to happen which possibly and hopefully will take Indian football to another level.

Out of all this, 8 boys from the brothel of Sonagachi in Kolkata are currently playing in the one of biggest youth football tournament , DANA Cup, in Denmark, and boy ‘o boy they’re making a name for themselves. In a country like us, where there are hardly many world class facilities and coaches available to match the quality of the football being played in Europe or some other parts of the world, and to think of some bunch of kids from a red light area to come out on their own and set up a example that if you have that will to succeed in you, then all the excuses are left behind, they’re breaking every stereotype related to the football in our country.

football-gen_2906getty_875

These under privileged children practice their football skills in Durbar Sports Academy in Ramnagar, under their coach Yakub Ali, who swells with pride when talking about the feats being achieved by his boys who’re giving something to cheer about to their mothers in their lives.

Their story from notorious Sonagachi area of asia’s biggest brothel in Kolkata along with other kids drawn from nearby slums who are also coached by Yakub Ali have Qualified for the DANA CUP in Denmark.
They now have thrashed Klebe SK(Norway) 4-0 in their last group league match of the Cup and topped the group Stage.

Yakub, a 15 year old player from this team was quoted, “We’ve grown used to of people sneering at us about where we come and about telling how our mothers are worthless”

“So, this will be a gift to all our mothers who have to put up with all the discrimination, abuse and injustice in their everyday life in Sonagachi”

“Football has open doors for boys like us to prove their worth, we got a taste for victory when we won our league in Kolkata last year, but now we are only looking forward”

Stories like these make us believe that if we dream to achieve something, nothing can hold us back. It also reminds of this quote from the American TV series “Games if Thrones” by Tyrion Lannister :

7204f10b9dfb7a5e145c7e30e7e3dc2d

The beautiful game is filled with many awe-inspiring stories, whether it’s Manchester United’s rise from the Munich tragedy to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forrest miracle, or the most recent Leicester City fairytale. Football always leaves us with something amazing.

The Indian footballing scene has been living under the rock for quite some time. A country of millions hasn’t done anything promising in the game. A growing market, ISL, new Futsal league and various other changes have started to happen which possibly and hopefully will take Indian football to another level.

Out of all this, 8 boys from the brothel of Sonagachi in Kolkata are currently playing in the one of biggest youth football tournament , DANA Cup, in Denmark, and boy ‘o boy they’re making a name for themselves. In a country like us, where there are hardly many world class facilities and coaches available to match the quality of the football being played in Europe or some other parts of the world, and to think of some bunch of kids from a red light area to come out on their own and set up a example that if you have that will to succeed in you, then all the excuses are left behind, they’re breaking every stereotype related to the football in our country.

football-gen_2906getty_875

These under privileged children practice their football skills in Durbar Sports Academy in Ramnagar, under their coach Yakub Ali, who swells with pride when talking about the feats being achieved by his boys who’re giving something to cheer about to their mothers in their lives.

Their story from notorious Sonagachi area of asia’s biggest brothel in Kolkata along with other kids drawn from nearby slums who are also coached by Yakub Ali have Qualified for the DANA CUP in Denmark.
They now have thrashed Klebe SK(Norway) 4-0 in their last group league match of the Cup and topped the group Stage.

Yakub, a 15 year old player from this team was quoted, “We’ve grown used to of people sneering at us about where we come and about telling how our mothers are worthless”

“So, this will be a gift to all our mothers who have to put up with all the discrimination, abuse and injustice in their everyday life in Sonagachi”

“Football has open doors for boys like us to prove their worth, we got a taste for victory when we won our league in Kolkata last year, but now we are only looking forward”

Stories like these make us believe that if we dream to achieve something, nothing can hold us back. It also reminds of this quote from the American TV series “Games if Thrones” by Tyrion Lannister :

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