Alan Viera en Football: Beautiful game is ticket out of Rio poverty <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>On a muddy pitch in a Rio slum, a skinny 17-year-old with big dreams of football stardom struts his stuff to attract the attention of talent-spotters watching a local tournament.</p> <p>Alan Viera is one of 800 teenagers taking part in the Favelas Cup, a tournament that draws players from 80 local shantytowns.</p> <p>In this soccer-mad nation of 194 million people, which will host the 2014 World Cup, "the beautiful game" is a ticket out of poverty for millions of poor youths.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alan Viera Association football Brazilian footballers Human Interest Sport in Brazil AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:00:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743754 at