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From refugee to soccer star

Updated: October 4, 2010, 10:28 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Conflicts stretch over centuries and grow by generations. Resolutions remain beyond the reach of eternity. Yet, the world can change in the blink of an eye for those caught in the middle.

It did one afternoon in 1998 when 7-year-old Furtuna Velaj looked out the window of her family's home in Kosovo and saw the gun barrel of a Serbian tank staring back.

Velaj didn't have time to pack any reminders of home as she and her family fled that ...

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