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25 October 2014

Match Report: Poland vs Namibia

The second Homeless World Cup quarter final saw Europe’s Poland play the African nation of Namibia. The Polish took the lead when number nine, Lukasz Waszak, capitalised on a loose ball and put his team 1-0 up. Namibia quickly regrouped and after some great pressure from number eleven, Kleopas Useb, to win the ball and fire past the keeper to level the scores.

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25 October 2014

Match Report: Chile vs Netherlands

The local chant of ‘Chi Chi Le Le Le’ was being sung loud and clear as Chile and Notherlands kicked off the start of Finals weekend

Within seconds of the start fan favourite, Chile number seven, Ismael Manriqueo, had the first shot of the game, but it was the visitors that took the lead through, Robel Abraha. Ten seconds later the Dutch had the ball in the back of the net again but it was disallowed as the referee deemed the Holland player to be in the box. Chile continued to attack and in the second minute they scored their first goal of the game with a cheeky toe-poke that wrong-footed the Dutch keeper.

At half time the score was 3-2 in favour of the hosts.

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25 October 2014

The Power of Football

Asamoah Martin of Ghana is a passionate supporter of the Homeless World Cup, and the Ghana team has been part of the family since 2005. Martin is director of the Gimat Volunteer Network, a social enterprise that helps deprived communities in Ghana, using the power of sport.

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25 October 2014

Understanding the tournament

The Homeless World Cup Chile 2014 has a total of 8 trophies: every team plays right through to the last day. But how does it work, what are the trophies, and how is it decided who plays for which?

All is explained here...

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25 October 2014

Match Report: Lithuania vs Russia

In the evening sun the crowd on pitch one watched the battle between Lithuania and Russia.

Lithuania started on the front foot and forced some great saves from the Russian keeper. The Lithuanian number nine, Rolandas Rudzevicius, who had been keeping the keeper busy, finally got the breakthrough when he drilled a shot low into the net.

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24 October 2014

Hong Kong Goalkeeper Finds Friendship In Unexpected Places // 香港守門員在意想不到的地方找到朋友

Nicknamed Qoo, the 29-year old keeper has been playing football for the past 10 years. Previously in prison for drug offenses, the support from the Hong Kong Children and Youth Service gave him an opportunity to start a new life. Less than 11 months after his release, he is now reintegrated back into society and working through the transformation of the sport.

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24 October 2014

Tweet Your Questions to Mel Young Tomorrow, 12pm UTC

Burning questions about the Homeless World Cup? Tomorrow is your chance to ask President Mel Young himself!

It's 1.5 days till the Finals of the 12th edition of the Homeless World Cup. Who will lift the trophy? What is the true significance of the Homeless World Cup? How has football changed the lives of millions around the world? What more is there we can do to help? What is the Supporters Club?

These and so many more are questions that Mel will answer tomorrow at 12pm UTC time! Tweet @homelesswrldcup and use the ‪#‎HWCSupporter‬ hashtag to chime in!

24 October 2014

Match Report: Kyrgyzstan vs Norway

Kyrgyzstan versus Norway was the four thirty kick off on pitch three.

Dag Sverre Lassen, Norway’s number seven, opened the scoring and a team mate added a second shortly after. Sverre Lassen was the main threat throughout the game.

Just before half time the number seven got his hat trick goal. The player who wears the number seven because of his childhood icon, Eric Cantona, calmly placed the ball past the Kyrgyzstan goalkeeper.

The Asian nation managed to score a goal just before the half time whistle. At the break the score was 4-1 to the Europeans.

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24 October 2014

Match Report: Wales vs Italy

Wales played Italy in the three o’clock kick off on pitch one in front of a packed stadium.

The Welsh captain, Leon Knight, led his team wearing a t-shirt before the game with a very special message – it was in memory of recently deceased David Mills, father of Yasmin Mills who plays on the Welsh women’s team. It read: ‘For Dave, from the Warriors and Captain’, showing the Welsh dragons’ togetherness and team spirit.

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24 October 2014

Big Question

“Human beings are ingenious – we can send people to the moon, wipe out killer diseases, invent the Internet and speak to anyone around the world whenever we want – to exchange a few words or make billions of dollars. But if we are so clever, why do we have homelessness?” Mel Young

(From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)

by Peter Barr

24 October 2014

Match Report: Canada vs Slovenia

In the heat on pitch three Canada faced the Eastern European nation of Slovenia.

The North Americans conceded a penalty early on and the Slovenians quickly followed up with a second goal.

The Canadian goalkeeper made some excellent saves but couldn’t prevent Ševko Kalačević, who scored the penalty earlier, from getting his second goal of the game.

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24 October 2014

Backflip into A Bright Future

Goalie James is still astounded at being given the chance to represent his native Ireland at the Homeless World Cup: "Who would have ever thought, the World Cup?!" In his case, this is not just a rhetorical question and there were times when another future seemed impossible to imagine.

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24 October 2014

Match Report: Romania vs Poland

Pitch one saw an Eastern European battle at midday today when Romania faced Poland.

Romania started the scoring when a shot from number nine, Pavel, looped over the diving keeper after a deflection. Poland were quickly back in the game. They equalised and then took the lead through number ten, Dawid Przybylski.

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24 October 2014

Team spirit

Seeing players shaking hands and hugging their opponents at the end of the game is always very moving, and reminds me of a moment from the first Homeless World Cup in Graz in 2003, described in the new book, A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup.

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24 October 2014

Revolution Number 12

The Homeless World Cup has been played in iconic locations all over the world – in the centre of Cape Town and Melbourne, on Copacabana in Rio, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, in the Zocalo in Mexico City (the centre of the universe), and also underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“The sight I will never forget is the players' parade on the opening day, as the police closed off the boulevards around the Champs de Mars, one of the world's greatest tourist attractions, stopping the traffic to allow five hundred homeless people to march through the streets, with their flags in the air, like a scene from the French Revolution.” (From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)

And this year? Homeless World Cup Number 12? Santiago is the latest iconic location – the latest opportunity to change the world with a ball.

by Peter Barr

A ball can change the world

The vision of the Homeless World Cup is to use the power of football to transform the lives of homeless people all over the world. And that vision is becoming a reality in 70 countries - involving hundreds of thousands of players since 2003.

Santiago is the culmination of 12 months' work: 54 teams from around the world play 350 fast-paced games for 7 trophies, supported by millions of fans. Watch live online, catch up on fixtures and results, see what the world is saying - and don't forget to tweet your support to #HWCSUPPORTER.

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