A few weeks back I wrote a story for the New York Times about Mohammed Jaddou, the captain of Syria’s under 17 national team. At least he was. After captaining his team to a semi final finish in the 2014 AFC Championships (which qualified Syria for FIFA’s Under 17 World Cup finals in Chile next month), Mohammed fled the country, through the mountains of northern Syria into Turkey. From there he took a terrifying journey across sea in the hands of people smugglers, before being rescued off Sicily. He’s now in Germany, dreaming of Real Madrid.
I went back to Oberstaufen, the small town in southern Germany where Mohammed lives with his father and uncle, and made this film for Copa90 about his life, his escape and his hopes for the future.