'We Talk' World Cup Edition: Football team in Rome's underprivileged suburbs
The semifinals are underway at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the tournament is nearing its climax. Even though Italy failed to qualify this year, the Italian people's love for the sport is undiminished, including the children in the Rome suburb of Colviale.
Corviale is famous for its unique public housing complex, designed in the 1970s to alleviate huge population growth at the time. Known as "Serpentone" because of its kilometer-long apartment blocks, the neighborhood is still home to more than 6,000 people. Due to a lack of quality educational resources and opportunities, many children here are left to wonder about their future prospects. Poor living conditions, economic hardship, social degradation, high illiteracy and unemployment are all problems that predate their births.
It was in this disadvantaged setting that the community organization known as Calciosociale was founded. It was created to change the fates of local children and bring them hope and opportunity through football. It allows the children to grow through training and weekly inter-regional matches, to realize the importance of teamwork, the importance of commitment, and how to adjust their mindset in the face of setbacks.