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16-year-old soccer player Lamine Yamal brings his homework to Euro 2024

DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN, HOST:

Some of the world's biggest soccer stars are in Germany for the European Football Championship. There's Kylian Mbappe of France, Jude Bellingham of England, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, and there's also Spain's great winger, or attacker, Lamine Yamal. There are a lot of expectations for Spain to do well, but Yamal, at just 16 years old, has added pressure - homework.

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LAMINE YAMAL: (Speaking Spanish).

KURTZLEBEN: Yamal is still in school, finishing the last year of Spain's compulsory secondary education. He says he's brought schoolwork to Germany and plans to turn it in online. Talk about added pressure. He can dodge opposing defenders, but there's no dodging those teachers.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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Danielle Kurtzleben is a political correspondent assigned to NPR's Washington Desk. She appears on NPR shows, writes for the web, and is a regular on The NPR Politics Podcast. She is covering the 2020 presidential election, with particular focuses on on economic policy and gender politics.