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Soccer: Popular Culture

These children could be playing soccer anywhere else in the world. But I was walking in Old Havana in the late afternoon when I found Luiz, Juan, Isabelita, Eugenio, Milagros, Enrique and Miguel playing soccer. They told me Neymar is an idol in Cuba. When I told them that I saw Neymar playing in Vila Belmiro (Santos FC’s stadium), they went crazy. Luiz wanted to show me his skills. He told me he would be a soccer player, but there is this two little problems: there is no national championship in Cuba and, by the way, he only has one boot.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Havana, Cuba
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T5i
Copyright: © Martina van Steen