Political refugees

Thoralf Hintze, left, member of the board of the German fourth division soccer club Babelsberg 03, and Liza Pflaum, spokeswomen of the 'Seebruecke' (Pier) sea rescue organistion pose for the photographers after a press conference in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Babelsberg 03 provides its current season team jersey to the international 'Seebruecke' movement. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
August 01, 2019 - 8:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — German soccer club Babelsberg is mixing sport with politics again. The fourth-tier club is forgoing a main jersey sponsor for the coming season to carry the logo of Seebrücke (Sea-bridge), a group campaigning for safe routes for refugees to reach Europe. Babelsberg, which previously...
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In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 photo, Hiba from Iraq prepares for a training session of Hestia FC Women's Refugee Soccer team in Athens. Many of the players at Hestia FC weren't allowed to play or even watch soccer matches in their home countries. Hestia FC was set up by the Olympic Truce Centre, a non-government organization created in 2000 by the International Olympic Committee and Greek Foreign Ministry. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 09, 2019 - 5:32 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Many of the players at Hestia FC weren't allowed to play — or even watch — soccer matches in their home countries. In Greece, they make up the country's first women's refugee team and hail from 14 countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea and Ethiopia. At a...
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In this Saturday, May 4, 2019, Francis Kalombo from Congo, right, shakes hands with players of Cosmos FC at a soccer field, in Moria village, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. A 10-minute walk from Europe’s largest refugee camp sits a nondescript yet remarkable soccer field. It’s a place where residents of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can briefly forget about their tiny container-homes and crowded tents and instead worry about corner kicks and throw-ins. And it’s the place where 15-year-old Francis Kalombo became the first refugee to sign for a professional Greek soccer club. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
May 17, 2019 - 2:44 am
LESBOS, Greece (AP) — A 10-minute walk from Europe's largest refugee camp, across olive groves and open land scattered with thorns and wildflowers, sits a nondescript yet remarkable soccer field. It's a place where residents of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can briefly forget about...
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