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Champions among the homeless: when team learns to play football?

October 3 2006
14:21

Recently the Russian national team on football World Cup victory. Perhaps readers will think that is fantastic, but our players really got the upper hand and fully deserved. And there is something to think about, because our team participated in the championship, the homeless, former addicts and alcoholics.

FIFA World Cup held in South African city of Cape Town. In the final match of our team in regulation time win against unyielding Kazakhstan with the score 1:0 and won the Cup.

In mundiale involved nearly 500 people from 48 countries. At the fourth World Cup matches were held among the homeless for 15 minutes on asphalt fields according to the rules of street football - four for four - three field players and goalkeeper. For players, teams had no age restrictions, as well as a team to play a man and a woman.

The balance of power among football teams marginal world, does not correspond to the worldwide professional. Thus, the combined team of Uganda in an easy victory Germany 4-0. Forgotten Afghanistan won on penalties in most of Brazil 3-2, and Rwanda ravaging France with a score of 7-3. And of course the Russian national team is not injured in the tournament a single lesion in all 13 games. Our players have won such a famous "homeless football" rivals such as England, Switzerland and Poland.

The idea for the football championship among homeless people belongs to the editor of one of the Austrian newspapers Harald Schmidt and Scottish social entrepreneur Mel Yang. Young publishes the weekly magazine "big problem" under the motto "Work and do not beg!". The magazine is distributed homeless on the streets of Edinburgh, thereby earning a living. Football competition among the homeless could come up with only the inventors of football.

Later, the idea was supported and developed by UEFA and the company Nike, the first championship was held in 2003 in Austria, then turn the homeless took Sweden and Scotland. This year's championship in South Africa opened the president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki. The authorities of South Africa's serious about the overall organization of the World Cup building in Cape Town two stadiums with large stands.

Our team participated in the tournament for the fourth time. The movement was born in St. Petersburg on the initiative of the editor of one of the outdoor magazines. He first collected the money to send to St. Petersburg homeless in the first world championship in Graz, where in 2003 and it was the Russians occupied the 13th place.

One year later, in Gothenburg Russian team finished fifth, and in 2005, we became champions of Europe. Alas, came to develop the success has not happened and Scotland, we once again slipped to 12th place.

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Candidates for the new team took away the St. Petersburg flophouse. In June this year, Peter organized the first championship of Russia, which apart from Russians involved players, bums from countries such as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. As a result of the championship and the national team was formed, conquered Cape Town.

Homeless soccer game leads to positive changes in their lives. It helps homeless people to strengthen faith in themselves and overcome life's problems.

statistics every fifth participant first World Cup has found a permanent job, a third strongly changed the conditions of life, and 12 players signed contracts with the football teams of the players and coaches. Of the 17 unemployed homeless people, the last four years, pro-Russian team, only one currently does not have a job.

When and our adult, professional football will rise on the world pedestal? Our strongest teams on mini-football, champions of Europe to seventeen years in a large, permanent winners Paralympic Games. The issue is not only in the development of football infrastructure, neighborhood football, construction of new playing fields.

But the main thing is to inspire the athletes, because of their unwillingness to play for their country, lack of ambition, that is the cause of the crisis of the last 16 years in football.

Vitvitskiy Alex

PanZicov

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