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High schoolers stage a kickabout in the shadow of Mt. Rotui on Moorea. The island nation, an "overseas collectivity" of France, failed in its bid to stage the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Taking a break from their schoolwork, students in Léon play in front of a fresco depicting a scene from the Nicaraguan revolution. The Central American country has never played on soccer's biggest stage; its greatest fútbol triumph was a 2--0 victory over Guatemala to qualify for the 2009 Gold Cup.
Though they must get by with makeshift equipment, the boys of Nairobi's Mathare slums exude the same footballing pride as their millionaire idols who'll be kicking it in South Africa next month.