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SOCCER-WORLDCUP/PERU
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June 13, 2018
Nueva Union doesn't have running water, a connection to the electrical grid or paved roads. But the neighbourhood...
Lima, Peru
The Wider Image: In Peru, a soccer field unites shantytown community
Nueva Union doesn't have running water, a connection to the electrical grid or paved roads. But the neighbourhood has something that makes life in a Peruvian shantytown more bearable: a soccer field. Nueva Union residents, mostly migrants from poor Peruvian provinces, carved a flat clearing for playing soccer into the dusty hillside when they settled in Lima some 15 years ago. The grassless soccer field - like scores of similar makeshift pitches across the country - is a testament to Peru's love for the game as its team prepares to play in the World Cup for the first time since 1982. World Cup fever has injected fresh enthusiasm into the games played on the pitch in Nueva Union, which overlooks the capital of some 10 million people. Like the Peruvian team, Nueva Union is an underdog - home to hard-working families struggling to build a better future for themselves with scant help from authorities. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo SEARCH "NUEVA SOCCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: SOCCER-WORLDCUP/PERU
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