Returning to Pantin
Paris to the World Football Ibrahima Traore drives his cool black car to the apartment where his soccer story started. It’s in Pantin, near Paris.
Back to Where it Started
When he gets out of his car, Traore smiles big. This is where everything started – his dreams, his love for soccer. He goes up to the fifth floor and his brother welcomes him back.
Inside, there are lots of pictures on the walls. They show their dad from Guinea, their mom from Lebanon, and their family. But Traore loves looking out the window most. He sees two big soccer fields.
The Field Nearby
Traore points out the fields and says proudly, “That’s where we played soccer all the time.” He remembers getting up early to practice, even before school. Soccer wasn’t just a game for him and his brother; it was everything.
A Place of Talent
Pantin might not be famous like big stadiums, but it’s where great soccer players are born. Kids like Traore grow up here, learning to play on the streets and fields. It’s where dreams come true.
The Paris Soccer Feeling
Paris is special for soccer. There’s something exciting about it. From the neighborhoods to the city center, soccer is more than just a game. It’s part of life. And in places like Pantin, it’s alive and strong.
For Traore, coming back here reminds him of how far he’s come. From playing in Pantin to big stadiums, he’s proof that hard work pays off. But he knows he’s not alone. Many others have started from here too.
The Future of Soccer
As Traore looks at the place where he grew up, he feels proud. This is where it all began, not just for sports him, but for many others who love soccer. As long as places like Pantin keep making talented players, football future looks bright.