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Rumah Cemara at the Homeless World Cup


The team in Paris

A football team made up of representatives of Alliance linking organisation Rumah Cemara performed spectacularly in this year’s Homeless World Cup.

The Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup took place from 21-28 August 2011 at the Champs de Mars, Paris, France. National football teams comprising homeless and socially marginalised players from across the world united for seven days of matches.

It was the Rumah Cemara team’s first time at the tournament and they surprised many by reaching the quarter finals, bowing out in a match against Brazil. Indonesia ended up ranking sixth out of 48, an incredible achievement for a team who hadn’t taken part before.

Indonesian player Ginan Derajat was voted best player of the tournament and Indonesia were named as best newcomers.

This is a fantastic moment in the history of an organisation which uses football to overcome local stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS and drug users.

For Rumah Cemara the point of the tournament was the opportunity to be involved in a global event representing their country despite being from a marginalised community that would never usually be included.

Some members of the team will visit the UK next week as part of the Alliance and Albion in the Community’s Football Fighting Back program.

Find out about the Rumah Cemara team’s journey from their beginning to the Homeless World Cup on this interactive presentation.

Read more about the Indonesian team.

You can watch all of the matches in the tournament online here.