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Meet Pagi, Italy's First Ever All-Migrant Soccer Team

On the island of Sardinia, asylum seekers rebuild their lives on the football pitch.

Sassari's Pagi soccer team
Sassari's Pagi soccer team
Nicola Pinna

SASSARI — The 11 asylum seekers who make up this multiethnic team have so far played just one official game, but they have already made Italian sporting history. "Pagi" is the first soccer team in Italy entirely composed of migrants seeking political asylum. Each one of them says they arrived in Italy by braving the waters of the Mediterranean to reach Europe. Now they live in Sassari, a mid-sized city in Sardinia, an island they had never even heard of before winding up here.

The team's captain is a 23-year-old whose life was at risk before fleeing his homeland of Togo. "I was accused of causing a car accident in which two people died, and their relatives decided to kill me," he says.

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