Eduardo Leal

Documentary Photographer
    
Copa do Povo
Location: Macau, China
Nationality: Portuguese
Biography: Eduardo Leal is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Macau, China, that focus his work mostly in South East Asia. Previously he worked for several years in South America. He graduated in Journalism at Escola Superior de Jornalismo (ESJ)... read on
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Copa do Povo
Credits: eduardo leal
Updated: 11/30/16
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Even if football was born in England, Brazil is considered the spiritual home of the game. During a month, from the 12th June 2014, the world will be looking to the South American nation and follow with passion the matches on the pitch. Brazil has always been known by its football skills, beautiful beaches and eclectic music but also for its social inequalities. While some people will be able to enjoy the games on brand new million worth stadiums, others are literally struggling just put a roof over their head.

Three kilometres from the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, which will host the opening match, nearly 5,000 families live in small shacks made of wooden poles and plastic garbage bags. Most of them were made homeless after the sky rising prices on the rents of their houses because of the FIFA World Cup. With the help of the Movimento de Trabalhadores Sem Tecto – MTST (Movement of Workers Without Ceiling), people have occupied a piece of land that was previously without use and settled a camp to live with their families. The camp is named Copa do Povo (People’s Cup). People living here believe with the proximity of the Stadium and the competition, their voice will be heard and the situation resolved. They say, “If there is millions for Stadiums, there should be money to house the most needed”. The movement say they’re not against the FIFA World Cup, they love the game and will support their national team - but they also want a home.

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