Between 1974 and 1990, Foca was known throughout the Balkans as the place to see Yugoslavia’s most promising footballers, including many of the ‘golden generation’ that triumphed at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile in 1987.
Following the success of its first two events and after witnessing street football’s social appeal at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Berlin, Football Friends, a network member of streetfootballworld, added a parallel event for 2007.
Staged on an adjoining playground, street football brought together sides from Serbia, Macedonia, Sarajevo and the region around Foca-, Trebinje, Gorazde and Visegrad, in an event supported by the Football for Hope movement.
“Bad things happened here so we wanted to change the negative image of Foca. When you say you are visiting Bosnia, people look up at you as if you are mad,” says Zoran, who helped two youth players from last year’s tournament join a ‘Football Friends Balkans’ team for the first Street Football World Cup – the streetfootballworld festival 06. “I can never forget my town and I wanted to show that it’s a normal place with normal people – a place where football can make a difference.”