Gambian refugee Ousman Manneh became a fan favorite hero for Werder Bremen this past Saturday when his 59th minute sliding effort lifted his side past Bayer Leverkusen for a 2-1 victory. Just two years prior, at the age of 17, Manneh was making the perilous "Backway" journey through Northern Africa and across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Although networks of smugglers and migrant routes have expanded in recent years, the journey is still rife with danger and a safe arrival is anything but guaranteed.
Former non-league players Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs were changing a tire when they were hit in a hit-and-run incident. Whiter lost both his legs and Abbs sufferes serious leg injuries.
The pair got help in their recovery effort from an unlikely source: the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.
Messi donated a signed shirt to be auctioned off when ambridge United host a Football Family Day on October 9.
Jeferson da Conceicao Goncalves, commonly known as Jefinho, helped Brazil to their fourth straight gold medal in football 5-a-side at the Paralympic Games. The man who’s drawn comparisons to Pele and Neymar is blind as a result of glaucoma, but his ability on the ball is simply breathtaking.
The fact that soccer is a way of life in many if not all countries in the world is no mystery.
In some places, families bet their savings and livelihoods on the skills of a young Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, hoping that their son will be the next big thing in the ever-changing environment that is the soccer world.
Most of the time, these bets don’t pay off and many times, especially in countries where soccer is put ahead of school, they even backfire. Nevertheless, there are a few seeds that grow and eventually turn into amazing stories.
Supporters of ADO Den Haag, a Dutch club from the city of The Hague, travelled to Rotterdam on Sunday for their match against Feyenoord with the greatest of intentions. While blood was being spilt between rival sets of supporters this weekend at the Manchester and Old Firm derbies, ADO Den Haag fans showered the Feyenoord support seated beneath them with a steady supply of stuffed animals.