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Who Are the Champions?

The World Cup 2014 has been played. Germany is world champion. Meanwhile, FIFA President Sepp Blatter decided to step down as past and future World Cups in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar are causing some controversies.

Submarine Channel presents Who Are The Champions? an interactive web documentary investigating the social, economic and cultural impact that FIFA World Cups have on people living and working in immediate vicinity of a stadium. In Leipzig, Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro we collected twelve very personal stories in each city. Combined, these stories paint a unique picture of what happened around three major stadiums in the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup (Rio de Janeiro) and how people are looking back at the event several years after (Leipzig and Johannesburg).

Creatively mixing audiostories, textstories, street photography, Google Street View, Google Maps, and news stories from the archive of newspapers you get an intriguing insight into the effects of a major sports event like the FIFA World Cup on people’s lives. Who are the real winners of the World Cup?

Teaser: Who Are The Champions? World Cup Stories from the Other Side of The Stadium from Submarine Channel on Vimeo.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Rob Schröder
With:Submarine Channel

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