Living Football | Episode 7

28 May 2021
  • Episode 7 of "Living Football" has been released

  • In it, Emilio Garcia Silvero, FIFA's Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, discusses significant progress made

  • Marivaldo Francisco da Silva, winner of The Best FIFA Fan Award, and futsal legend Kike also feature

Welcome to the latest edition of “Living Football”, FIFA’s new football magazine.

In this edition we look back on the highlights of the 71st FIFA Congress, recount the impressive story of Marivaldo Francisco da Silva, who was presented with The Best FIFA Fan Award by former Bayern Munich star Ze Roberto, and talk to futsal legend Kike about his successes in the game.

Following the recent approval of a third package of reforms by the FIFA Council and the FIFA President’s remarks at the 71st FIFA Congress about the need to maximize training compensation and solidarity payments, FIFA’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer Emilio Garcia Silvero explains the major headway made by FIFA towards the establishment of a fairer and more transparent transfer system, including the key role of the Clearing House.

Special presentation

Have you ever heard of Marivaldo Francisco da Silva? He walks a staggering 60 kilometres every time Sport Recife play at home, from his apartment in Pombos to the stadium of his favourite club in Ilha do Retiro, a district of Recife. It takes him about ten and a half hours to cover the distance before watching the game, killing time in a 24-hour supermarket and walking back at daybreak.

Such incredible commitment deservedly earned Marivaldo the FIFA Fan Award, which was presented to him by former Bayern Munich midfielder and FIFA Legend Ze Roberto.

HE WOULD TRAVEL FROM HIS CITY TO GO AND WATCH SPORT RECIFE PLAY. IT'S A JOURNEY OF 60 KILOMETER, TAKING OVER 12 HOURS. I CAN ONLY DESCRIBE THAT IN ONE WORD: LOVE. I THINK THIS AWARD TODAY AND THE LOVE HE HAS FOR HIS CLUB IS THE LEGACY HE IS LEAVING TO THIS GENERATION OF FOOTBALL FANS

Zé Roberto

In futsal, there are not many voices that carry more weight than that of Kike Boned. The two-time world champion (2000 and 2004) and runner-up in the two subsequent editions hung up his boots seven years ago and is still sorely missed by the Spanish national team.

In this latest episode of “Living Football”, host Jessica Libbertz talks to him about his successful career, special moments and the draw for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™.

This episode of “Living Football” also looks at how FIFA's COVID-19 Relief Plan is helping Solomon Islands prepare for the FIFA Futsal World Cup.