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Rich dreams

In the context of a continent of poverty, 'The Beautiful Game' brings untold riches to the precious few. Some dream of being among that select group, others merely escape their everyday lives with the simple joy of the game, using handmade balls and second-hand kit on dusty fields. And then many millions of South Africans continued to live in desperate circumstances while millions of dollars were debatably diverted for investment in the infrastructure that hosting the World Cup requires.

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Associated photo features: Victims of the Game, Township Soccer, Foot de Rue a la medina, Farm Soccer, Surviving dreams, La lumiere du terrain, Tin Can Town, Second hand goods, Pantsula Dancers, Recycling Life, Recycling Waste, Home made soccer, Kenya, Handmade Soccer, Ethiopia, Farm Football, Zambia, Ice Cream factory

Associated multimedia features: Ghana legend, Our Soweto Pitch, Sleeping in the shadow

Associated text features: Soccer dreams, Baby grant, Unemployment worries

Associated features on HIV: Living positive (Photo feature), Living to save others (Text feature), Battling HIV/AIDS (Text feature)

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