In the bowels of the European football world, where the contrast between success and failure is particularly stark, African youths pursue their dream of a successful football career. For poor African boys and their families, football is a popular way of escaping what is often a desperate situation.  Every year, 15,000 African footballers travel to Europe to pursue their football dream. Most of them will never be able to realise their sporting ambitions, but they will stay on in Europe, often without papers and a support network.