Last year, Bulgaria saw a dramatic influx of asylum seekers as thousands of people fleeing the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa flooded the EU's poorest member state. Over the course of 2013, the economically-ravaged Balkan country saw more than 11,000 refugees enter its territory, mostly from the southeastern border it shares with Turkey. Most of the refugees hoped to reach Western Europe -- but EU asylum regulations soon dashed their hopes, leaving many stranded in Bulgaria. The government, struggling to handle the influx, has provided these asylum seekers with little integration support. Meanwhile, as extreme nationalist groups rise in popularity in Bulgaria and across Europe, xenophobic attacks aimed at refugees are becoming a shockingly common occurrence. But, amid the hostility, one man found the answer to Bulgaria's integration problem: soccer.