The former Arsenal, Barcelona and France international player, Emmanuel Petit, has become a Homeless World Cup Global Ambassador supporting the vision of football changing homeless people's lives.
Emmanuel Petit was one of the main supporters of the 2011 Homeless World Cup football tournament held in Paris last summer. He has traditionally been involved with social projects in France and fell in love with the Homeless World Cup and its worldwide impact during the Paris event.
Petit said: "Football is a powerful influence. When you take someone from the street, put them in a square football pitch, in a team where there are rules, referees and team mates – that's life too, that’s society. The players have to respect themselves, each other and the referees."
"I truly believe that sport and football is very important for the human being and that is why I decided to be an Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup."
The ex-Arsenal and Barcelona footballer played 63 times for his country and scored the third goal, one of them in France's 3-0 victory in the final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final against Brazil at home.
Follow this link to see a recent interview to Emmanuel Petit during the Paris 2011 event.
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