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    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
    • Desire for Life: Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim Attends Football Match in Moscow
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    Russian footballer (Spartak) Georgi Dzhikiya and Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim, who is shown in a photograph titled "Desire for Life" that won gold in the Sports category of the 2018 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest.

    A photograph titled "Desire for Life" by Taisir Mahdi won gold in the Sports category of the 2018 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest.

    Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim, who is shown in the photograph titled "Desire for Life", travelled to Moscow and on 12 May attended a Russian Premier League match between the Spartak and Ufa football clubs. Ahead of the game, the boy was given a ball on which Spartak players had written their autographs as a gift. He also made a symbolic kick with the ball.

    It is expected that the boy will spend a week in the Russian capital.

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