'FutbolNet' in Rio: social context

FutbolNet’ is a FC Barcelona Foundation project that aims to teach children educational values through sport in Rio de Janeiro's Complexo do Alemao neighbourhood. The project, which was officially unveiled this past July, has set up shop in the Olympic village Carlos Castilho, where children have access to athletic activities at no cost.

The Complexo do Alemao is a group of neighbourhoods, some of which are favelas, situated just north of the city. In 2007 and 2009, Complexo was host to violent clashes between drug cartels and police authorities, which came to an end in the latter part of 2010 thanks to the intervention of the Brazilian armed forces.

29% of the population of Complexo lives in poverty and the neighbourhood is considered to be among the least developed in Rio de Janeiro. Life expectancy in Complexo is 64.5 years and 14% of the population is illiterate. Nearly 90,000 people call Complexo their home and 26% of them are under the age of 15.

In 2011, a cable car system was installed at the request of the Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president. The added infrastructure has been a great improvement in terms of mobility for the inhabitants of Complexo do Alemao, who, before the cable car system was installed, found it difficult to reach other parts of the city.