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The French football tournament champions diversity and unsung talent

Creteil, France

An amateur soccer tournament in France aimed at celebrating ethnic diversity is attracting talent scouts, sponsors and increased public attention by bringing together young players from low-income neighborhoods with the sport’s big names.

The National Neighborhoods Cup aims to cast a positive spotlight on working-class immigrant-dense neighborhoods, which some politicians and commentators see as hotbeds of crime, civil unrest and Islamic extremism.

Players with Congolese roots beat a team with Malian roots 5-4 in Saturday’s final of the month-long tournament, played at the home stadium of a French third-tier club in the Paris suburb of Creteil. The final was broadcast live on Prime Video.

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