Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Around the world in pickup games
New York Times Goal Blog, February 16th, 2010 5:29PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

In “Pelada,” a movie that premiers this month at the South by Southwest film festival,  four young Americans embark on a six-month odyssey to 25 different countries, playing pickup games in locales that most American tourists avoid. From a prison in Bolivia to a game with bootleggers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women playing in the hijab in Iran.

Jack Bell writes that "Pelada," whose international rights have been sold to PBS, might qualify as the soccer world’s answer to the 1966 surf-dude film the “Endless Summer.” On how they managed to play soccer inside a La Paz prison:

“You can bribe your way in as a tourist and Luke [Boughen] and I went inside to negotiate a deal,”  director Rebekah Fergusson said. “We paid them about $250 to get in. The guards don’t really bother inside the prison. It was a crazy experience in such a scary and frightening environment. It was 5v5 on an oddly shaped field, kind of like futsal. And the prisoners were all very skillful.”

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Scolari Gets a Job    
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned as Brazil coach after its disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, has ...
World Cup Runner-up Coach Steps Down    
Alejandro Sabella, who guided Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit ...
Ronaldinho on the Move    
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old former Barcelona, AC ...
Beer Approved in the Big House    
Normally, alcohol sale and consumption is strictly forbidden inside the University of Michigan's stadium, but beer ...
Sturridge Wishes Suarez Well    
Daniel Sturridge says he'll need some help from his teammates if the departure of the Uruguayan ...
Liverpool Signs Belgian Teen Star Striker    
Liverpool has signed of 19-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, whose goal against Russia sent the Red ...
Tevez's Kidnapped Father Released    
Juan Alberto Cabral, the father of Juventus' Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, was kidnapped and released eight ...
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives