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Abida Parveen is a skillful woman from Islamabad who sews and sells footballs to provide for her children and ailing husband

Blue Area is Islamabad's most elite area. Its tall, shiny buildings and sprawling mansions speak of its inhabitant's opulence. On one of its pavements, however, sits a highly skillful woman who spends her day sewing footballs with her hands, which she then puts up for sale. Abida Parveen says hard times forced her to take up this task. She is a mother of four, and her husband is unable to earn bread for the family due to his illness. Her day's labour provides her with Rs. 400-500, barely enough to put food on the…

Atletico shoot for football future in Pakistan

Spain´s Atletico Madrid are taking on a challenge tougher than winning La Liga — developing football in cricket-mad Pakistan, where bat and ball are king, pitches come with stumps not goalposts, and even the prime minister is a former World Cup winner. During a recent session at the club´s new facility in Lahore — the country´s first European football academy — a cabal of Spanish coaches watched as a new class of young Pakistani hopefuls fired off penalty kicks. "We are not looking for players for Atletico Madrid…