On sea, snow or street, soccer prevails

KOLKATA, India, June 7 (Reuters) - As Russia puts the finishing touches to the carefully manicured fields that will host the World Cup from next week, people around the globe are playing soccer on a surprising variety of makeshift pitches.

Off the coast of an island in southern Thailand, they play on a floating platform; in the mountains of northern Italy, they kick about in the snow - images captured by Reuters photographers around the world.

On a dusty Kolkata street, painted with a 2018 World Cup logo, Indian schoolchildren brave the traffic for a barefoot game.

"We play when we get time and whenever the road is empty," Papan Mallick, 13, told Reuters.

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A combination picture shows construction workers playing soccer during their lunch break with their building under construction seen in the background (top), and details of a football, a pitch and a player's shoes, in Rio de Janeiro's financial district, Brazil, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, at an improvised pitch in the village of Gurgurnica, 35 km away from the nearest city of Tetovo, Macedonia, May 11 - May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer on an improvised football pitch (top), and details of a boy wearing shoes, pitch and a football, in Bayanzurkh district of the capital Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/B. Rentsendorj SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, at the compound of the Dambai EP Primary School after school hours in the town of Dambai, Ghana, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows local kids playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 15 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows ski club teachers playing soccer in the snow wearing ski boots (top), and details of ski boots, snow and a football, in Sestriere, Italy, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in Alcorcon, near Madrid, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows neighbourhood team playing soccer (top), and details of a pitch, shoes, and a football in the ACI 2000 neighbourhood of Bamako, Mali, May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Annie Risemberg SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows students checking soccer robots (top), and details of a pitch, a ball-handling device, and a ball at the Robot Vision Laboratory of the Tokyo Polytechnic University in Atsugi, Japan, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer on a net-covered pitch which protects the ball from going out of the ground (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in Mumbai, India, May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows men playing Subuteo (top), and details of Sabuteo pitch, a player and a football, in Rome, Italy, May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A combination picture shows men playing soccer on a roof stadium (top), and details of a football, a pitch and shoes, in Shanghai, China, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows local residents playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, on the top floor of a parking garage in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer (top), and details of a football, a pitch and sandals, in the old city of Algiers Al Casbah, Algeria, May 5 - May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer (top), and details of feet, a pitch and a football, in a residential area in Kolkata, India, May 12 - May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, at Koh Dach resort along the Mekong river banks on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, May 15 - May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows local children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in the Royal Old Town Vranduk built in the 14th century in Vranduk, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 17 - May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows men playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a football and a pitch, in Santiago, Chile, May 19 - May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer (top), and details of feet, a pitch and a ball, in an open field along a road at Iyana-Oworo district in Lagos, Nigeria, May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of a pitch, shoes and a football, in the village of Ptychie in Stavropol region, Russia, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows men playing soccer (top), and details of feet, a pitch and a ball, outside the village of Pogi in Leningrad region, Russia, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows young men playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in front of the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna, Austria, May 17 - May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a ball, on a brick court in front of a temple in Hoang Xa village, outside Hanoi, Vietnam, May 19, 2018, REUTERS/Kham SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer prior to the inauguration of a new sports complex (top), and details of a football, a pitch and shoes, at La Campanera Neighborhood in Soyapango, El Salvador on May 22, 2018. La Campanera is a community marked by gang violence. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows people playing soccer (top), and details of a pitch, shoes and a ball, at a playground in Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in the village of Yelizarovo in Yaroslavl Region, Russia, May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of flip-flops, a football and a pitch by the Botataung Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, May 18 - May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, on an asphalt pitch in Payatas, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 9 - May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer in their garden (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, in Vienna, Austria, May 11 - May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of shoes, a pitch and a football, on an astro-turf pitch in south-east London, Britain, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer on a floating pitch (top), and details of a pitch, flip-flops and a football, in the fishing village of Ko Panyi in southern Phang Nga Province, Thailand, May 19 - May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A combination picture shows young men playing soccer (top), and details of sandals, a pitch and a football, on a makeshift pitch in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer (top), and details of a football, a pitch and shoes, at a makeshift pitch in Soweto, South Africa, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows Eriskay and Barra playing a soccer match (top), and details of a pitch, a Barra player and a football, on the Isle of Eriskay, Scotland, May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing soccer on a soaked pitch (top), and details of a pitch, shoes and a ball, near Mathare valley slums of Nairobi, Kenya, May 1 - May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows boys playing street football (top), and details of a pair of shoes, a pitch and a ball on Windmill Walk, Southwark, central London, Britain, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A combination picture shows children playing soccer (top), and details of a pitch, shoes and a ball, on a street in downtown Havana, Cuba, May 24 - May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini SEARCH "FOOTBALL GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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He is a fan of Argentina's Lionel Messi, while 12-year-old Suchan Pakre worships Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo. They will both be watching the action in Russia that kicks off on June 14.

As will Lorenzo Richetto, who uses skis for goalposts as he enjoys a match on the snow with his friends at the Italian ski resort of Sestriere.

"I would like to emulate Messi but playing with ski boots, I will be more likely to emulate the former ski champion Alberto Tomba," Richetto, 46, told Reuters. (Writing by Emilia Sierzputowska. Editing by Patrick Johnston and Robin Pomeroy, Larry King)

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