The Prater Stadium in Vienna. Thirty thousand spectators are watching Austria play Turkey. At half time there’s a very special item on the programme. “It’s a proud moment for me”, says the stadium announcer, “to present a very special team today. Courageous men who’ve fought their way back from the edge with the help of football. They will be representing Austria at the Homeless Street Soccer World Cup in Australia.” These players have the joy of the game in their blood. Now they have to learn to play consistently, using tactics and discipline. Qualities that they will need not only in the championship but also afterwards in their lives. “Football as a social stepping stone”, was the headline of a report on this unusual project in the Kurier, an Austrian daily...