Poland: Not paying the penalty

A better day in the camp of Chile.

The day started early, but that gave me the opportunity to speak with Priscilla before the Homeless World Cup matches began.

It is hard to understand – because of the language – exactly what is happening in my characters’ stories, but I can tell who they are by the way they conduct themselves.

Hopefully in the documentary you will be able to see how honest, open and friendly Priscilla is.

For example, she carried my tripod to Lake Malta.

In fact, most of the Chilean group have offered to help me with my equipment at some point.

This pleases me, as it shows the respect and gratitude of the camp.

As usual, I continue to film all of the matches involving Chile and conduct short interviews afterwards.

Today was particularly good for the mujeres of Chile.

After losing to Hungary yesterday, they bounced back with a comprehensive win over Argentina, before beating current champions, Mexico in a thrilling encounter which finished on a penalty shootout.

Chile’s hombres continued their 100% record with a penalty shootout win over Romania and a good victory over Namibia.

Tomorrow I shall be meeting with the tournament director to discuss the Homeless World Cup in Chile next year and how the process of hosting a world cup works.

It will be the first interview of The Homeless Goal project to be conducted in English – weird!

Hopefully tomorrow continues to be a good day!

By Kyle Waller


Poland: A better day

Not long after I posted last night, I turned on my camera and found out that it worked – hooray!

The zoom does not work still, but at least I can film!

Now I can introduce my next character – Carlos Guzman.

I am sure that you will be inspired when you here his story.

What I recognise with Carlos, is his passion and spirit off the pitch, as well as on it.

The spirit in the camp needs to be like Carlos’ because the women of Chile lost their first match.

They played an extremely good Hungary team, and did not look like they knew what to do once they fell behind.

In stark contrast, the men of Chile won with ease again – crushing Netherlands this time.

After every match, I am interviewing the players to get their reactions to the game.

Today was the most interesting day yet – for interviews – because the women’s side had lost and they were not exactly happy.

I believe it was good for everyone, though.

Now, after screaming and shouting in the accommodation reception, watching the England v Scotland match, I am off to rest.

By Kyle Waller


Disaster in Poznan

Day three in Poland and one of the worst things possible to happen came to fruition.

Halfway through the day, I turn my Panasonic camera on and it gives me a choice of which usb selection to use.

Slight problem – actually quite big – there was no usb cable in the camera.

There has never been a usb cable in the camera since I have been in possession of it.

At this point in time, I cannot remove the message on the screen – I cannot record.

I managed to get quite a bit of footage beforehand, but I was unable to sit down with my other documentary character.

Hopefully, tomorrow is much kinder to me and The Homeless Goal documentary.

Both teams of Chile are still on course for World Cup glory having maintained their 100% record.

Tomorrow is the secondary stage of the tournament.

Chile’s mujeres have a tough test against Hungary, whilst the hombres will take on Netherlands.

Here is to a better day tomorrow…


By Kyle Waller

Poland: Nuevos amigos

1014228_494075090676227_233909073_nWhat a day.

I did not know how else to start this post.

The language barrier is still there, but Google translate has been used a lot!

I have spent the evening with the Chilean national players in the reception of our accommodation.

It is fair to say that I have only understood about 25 percent of what has been said, but I have had good fun.

The players have seen the interviews that I have shot over the last couple of days – I got a thumbs up!

It was the second day of the Homeless World Cup and after destroying their opponents on the first day, Chile continued their success today.

The men won 9-1 and 9-0 against South Africa and Cambodia, respectively.

There even more impressive results for the women’s team – 12-0 and 10-1 against Argentina and Denmark.

Before the matches started, I spoke with Priscilla Ibacache of the women’s team.

Priscilla will be one of the characters in The Homeless Goal documentary.

Her story is fascinating and I hope it will inspire those of you that watch the documentary in a couple of months time.

I will reveal the other character(s) as I progress in Poland.

Tomorrow, there are two more rounds of matches in the group stages for both genders.

It will be another opportunity to hear further stories from the players, and most importantly, the characters of the documentary.

Let’s see what tomorrow has in store.

By Kyle Waller


First of all, apologies for not having updated the blog for a while.

As you may have realised, if you follow @TheHomelessGoal on Twitter, I am now in Poland with the Chilean homeless team at the 2013 Homeless World Cup in Poznań, Poland.

The WiFi in the hotel is not great and only available in reception so apologies for the lack of pictures and the slow updates.

I hope to update the blog every day if I can.

I arrived in Poznań at the local time of 10:50am (9.50am UK), before setting off towards my accommodation in a taxi.

Poland is a very nice place and everyone is friendly.

However, my lack of Spanish is leaving me somewhat migrated from the group – and this time I do not have Daniel to help me out!

As soon as I arrived at the accommodation, I dropped my huge suitcase off and went straight to Lake Malta to meet the Chilean team.

Lake Malta is the setting for the Homeless World Cup and it has beautiful scenery.

Today was the start of the tournament and Chile got off to a great start.

The men won emphatically 13-0 against USA and the Chilean women came out victorious in a 7-2 win over Netherlands.

Both Chilean sides have high expectations, especially with the mens team being current world champions.

For the first time, I got to interview a few players.

I want to stay away from too many interviews in the documentary and try to get the characters telling their story, rather than me telling the stories.

Hopefully tomorrow I can get on with this before the second round of group matches take place.

Come back and find out how I got on and how Chile are progressing in the Homeless World Cup.

By Kyle Waller