It’s not unusual for American soccer players to go abroad to chase dreams of playing professionally. But you might say Nicholas Pugliese, a 24-year-old from Rochester, New York, took things to an extreme by signing with Ferozi FC, a team based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Pugliese played soccer at Williams College, but he didn’t originally go to Kabul with the goal of pursuing a professional soccer career. After graduating, he took a job for Roshan Telecommunications, Afghanistan’s leading telecom company. He worked on developing a mobile banking application, and, later, did a stint in the corporate strategy department. At that point, he played soccer recreationally in his spare time.
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Emanuele Giulianelli is a freelance sports reporter based in Italy.