Sideline

Sideline

There are an estimated 20.000 illegal African foorball players in Europe.They can be found everywhere in Cities where they train on abandoned squares. On a soggy field amidst the social housing projects in Antwerp, about 20 to 50 African players train 4 times a week.They have united under the name ‘African Professional All-star Belgium’, an unofficial club, without manager or resources.Their own surrogate family of boys on the sideline of both football and society. Most of the players are in the Country illegally, they ended up in Eu- rope via a manager who fed them a dream that they were only too happy to believe in: playing in a top European club! But the majority of them play in small clubs in the lowest division, if they win a match they earn 30 euro. Returning home unsuccessful and without money is not an option for them.

Credits:
Directed by: Joost Wynant & Maarten Goffin
Produced by: Gert Van Berckelaer

Partners:
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Creative Europe