Play soccer without one leg

Foto: Francia-Italia 5-2. Comunque un buon esordio dei nostri ragazzi<br />

He loves soccer, he is 15 years old and only one leg, because he is born without. But Francesco Messori has not gave up. And on Tuesday in Guastalla, in the province of Reggio Emilia,  Italy, hehas realized his dream: he played his first game in a tournament under 14, like his teammates, the Virtus Correggio, with whom he had always shared training, but he never was able to get into the pitch for a match … First case in Italy. He, on crutches, the other without. It’s the story of a dream: to have team of players with crutches, actually existing abroad. Therefore he created the Facebook group “Amputee Soccer Italy.” In 2012 the first tournament, “A kick at my way”: six teams, six boys with crutches or prostheses play the integrated soccer, one for each team. Then other tournaments, finally a national team playing in the World AmputeeFootball Federation, now ready to depart for the World Cup in Mexico. Meanwhile, the CSI embracing the project, and the president Massimo Achini said: “These are the rules that must be changed in favor of life and not viceversa.” And Francesco comes into play in a tournament. The match? It’s finished 4-3, the team of Francesco lost. But he won in life.

(From by Ilaria Venturi)

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