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Beckenbauer wants stinky boots for Brazil
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Beckenbauer wants stinky boots for Brazil

Published: 08 Feb 2013 06:03 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Feb 2013 06:03 GMT+01:00

Football legend Franz Beckenbauer is appealing to German soccer players to donate their old boots as part of a project to help disadvantaged children in the slums of Brazil. Mark Lovell reports.

Beckenbauer's appeal aims to help develop the skills and fitness of disadvantaged children in the favelas, and provide more children with the opportunity to enjoy ‘the beautiful game.’ His ‘Football Boots for Rio’ initiative is supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Mercedes-Benz.

“I would greatly appreciate it if the German people would support me with a small gesture to show solidarity with underprivileged children in Rio’s favelas,” said Beckenbauer at press event in Stuttgart recently. “Help them to fulfil their dreams, and enable us to combat social problems through football.”

He said in many of the slums around Rio de Janeiro children play football with bare feet on rubble-strewn ground.

If the appeal is a success, a van full of old boots will be exchanged for one loaded with brand new football kit and equipment for the kids in Rio.

"The used shoes will be recycled," said Bärbel Mees, a spokeswoman for Laureus.

"Due to developmental and ecological reasons, we have decided not to send the used shoes to Rio," "Instead, we'll replace them with new items."

Beckenbauer and Brazilian World Cup winner Carlos Alberto will personally hand over the donation to a Laureus project in Rio.

You can send your unwanted boots to the following address until March 5th: Laureus

Balanstrasse 73, Haus 9

81541 Munich

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13:39 February 8, 2013 by Englishted
The Brazilian's can produce wonderful football barefooted maybe giving boots will give the rest chance to catch up .

But seriously a good idea hope it works ,I would give mine but I stopped

playing about 25 years ago and I was rubbish even then.
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