Football players save Mediterranean paradise


Giannis Thalassinos (30) is the captain of a football team on Evia. When forest fires ravaged his village in August, he and his teammates embarked on a mission.

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Field encircled

Flames surrounded their training field. The pitch was on the brink of extinction.

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Players found firefighting team

Together, they battled the fires to save their home – and their football pitch.

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Fire risk

Drier weather has made wildfires harder to control and increased the risk factors for large fires, says Professor Maarten van Aalst of the University of Twente.

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