Felipe will be 16 this Friday. It’s been more than a year since the World Cup finished, and more than a year since he lost his home for a World Cup car park which was never built.
Now the city of Rio de Janeiro where he lives is busy preparing for the Olympics. Yet more people will lose their homes, with battles going on all over Rio.
Felipe has since moved house a third time, and is now living with his mother and seven other people in a two-bedroom home in the Complexo do Alemao favela.
“There’s nothing there still,” he says of his former home. “Now, it’s just full of drug addicts. They took us all out of there, for what?
“During the World Cup, the football was disappointing. Brazil didn’t win, and it was disappointing that they invested so much just to please others.”
The place Felipe called home all his life until he was evicted was the Metro Mangueira favela, close to the Maracana stadium which hosted the World Cup final. It will also be the venue for the opening ceremony for the Olympics next year.
The site remains a pile of rubble, after 107 families were violently removed before the tournament, supposedly to build a car park for the stadium.
Some shells of the buildings which were once family homes are still there. They are mostly occupied now by crack users, who congregate in the shadows, as well as some homeless families who are squatting in what shelter they can find.
An attempt to remove those people ended in clashes with police this May, who threw pepper spray and tear gas at the small crowd including some students who had gathered to protest their removal. Some remaining houses were torn down anyway.
Meanwhile, Felipe was moved to Cosmos, some 60km away from the centre of the city, following his eviction. It was so far from their school, work and other commitments that the family now only spend the occasional weekend there.
“My mother works in a pizza restaurant, and only finishes at midnight. How could she get to Santa Cruz [the train stop] safely at that time?” Felipe’s mother Maria, 34, says.
They first moved in to Felipe’s aunt’s home in the adjacent Mangueira favela as a makeshift solution. Now, for the previous two months, Felipe has been living in Complexo do Alemao to the north of the city.
“I miss the place we had [in Metro Mangueira],” Maria says. “We had a lot more space.”
While Felipe, who has grown up in the previous year and now has a serious girlfriend, says he is happy where he is now, Complexo do Alemao is not without its problems.
On the day I visit, some parts of the favela have been subjected to almost daily shootouts between police and gangs, a situation which has gone on for several weeks.
Costs for infrastructure projects alone related to the Olympics are set to hit in the region of $11billion, but times are even harder for families like Felipe’s than they were in the lead up to the World Cup.
“There is a recession, and it’s hard to get work, but houses are more expensive now,” Maria explains.
It is in this climate that the Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro next August. Felipe once hoped that his case would help persuade the authorities not to evict people when holding big sporting events again, but now he is not so sure.
“I think the Olympics is going to be just the same,” he says.