Sao Paulo favela challenges winning team to match

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Sao Paulo favela challenges winning team to match

In a Sao Paulo favela, residents are following the World Cup with a very special dream: to one day play against the best team in the world. CCTV’s Joel Richards is in Rio de Janeiro.

Sao Paulo favela challenges winning team to match

Sao Paulo favela challenges winning team to match

In a Sao Paulo favela, residents are following the World Cup with a very special dream: to one day play against the best team in the world. CCTV's Joel Richards is in Rio de Janeiro.
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A Chilean non-governmental organization called Techo helped residents come up with the challenge as a means to highlight living conditions in Anita Garibaldi. Like in many other slums, here there is no running water and the shacks are not supplied with electricity.

In Brazil, more than 16 million people live on less than the equivalent of 34 U.S. dollars per month, according to official figures. For many, football is a welcome escape. So far, no team has responded to the challenge by the young footballers.

Even so, they still hope their dreams will one day come true.