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23 October 2014

Match Report: Norway vs India

India women faced Norway women in the evening kick off on pitch one.

Today is a very special day for team India as it is the holy day of Diwali. Both India and Norway started the game very compact and were hard to break down.

Some traditional Indian music started playing through the speakers on pitch one and this spurred the Indian ladies on. Shortly after the music started India’s number seven, Vinita Neti, scored the first goal of the game. Seconds later number four, Rohini Pashte, controlled the ball beautifully, took a touch and drilled the ball past the Norway goalkeeper.
At half time the score was 2:0 to team India.

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23 October 2014

Match Report: France vs Czech Republic

Pitch three saw France play Czech Republic in the Santiago sun which drew in the crowds from the side of the road to watch both teams in action.

France got the scoring started with captain El Youssef scoring the game’s opening goal.

The Czech’s had a lady in goal for them. Katerina Kotkova, Czech's goalkeeper, made some fantastic saves to keep the score to just one. The shot-stopper plays in a mixed team back home so she is used to playing with and against men.

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23 October 2014

We are all role models now

Peter from Aarhus, the team’s goalkeeper, has a confident presence both on and off the pitch. But his road to the Homeless World Cup has been far from smooth, and it took him more than one try to make the selection of Team Denmark.
 
At just ten years old, Peter became a drug addict. Initially hiding recreational drugs from his strict parents he progressed to using heroin and eventually became homeless.  He went to jail for a period of time, where he continued to use drugs to get away from his emotions in the harsh prison environment. As a result of his addiction, he even came close to death on several occasions.

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23 October 2014

Match Report: Austria vs Namibia

The midday match between Austria and Namibia provided the crowd with plenty of entertainment.
Pitch one saw Namibia take the lead but the Austrian’s were quickly back in the game. In a match that had quick tempo and great pace the Namibian’s scored a couple more goals through some great build up play and movement.

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23 October 2014

The first goal is yourself

"They say that if you want to change the world, start with yourself and the rest of the world will soon follow.  And time and time again I have witnessed how players have managed to transform their own lives and then change other people's lives, as if there is some kind of multiplication effect which continues to gather momentum."  Mel Young

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

by Peter Barr

23 October 2014

Seeing is believing

Overheard at the Homeless World Cup (every year):

"They do not look like homeless people."

"What do homeless people look like?"

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

by Peter Barr

23 October 2014

At any moment...

“Sometimes, when I sit and watch the soccer, I forget just like everyone else that these are homeless people playing for their country. Maybe just a few weeks before, they were homeless and hopeless, and now they're being cheered on by crowds of spectators as if they are sports stars. But we must not forget that homelessness is one of the world's greatest problems and for many people, just like these players, it is not far away.  At any moment, millions of people could find themselves homeless for millions of reasons. Just a few metres away from this stadium, there are homeless people struggling to survive on the streets.”

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

by Peter Barr

23 October 2014

The power of football

French soccer legend – and anti-homelessness campaigner – Eric Cantona has been one of the greatest supporters of the Homeless World Cup. He first got involved in Denmark in 2007, when he “discovered” our ambassador, Michelle da Silva – a Brazilian player who has since represented her country at senior level.  

Cantona said: “Football unites; it inspires and it energises individuals, communities and the world.  Football and the Homeless World Cup has the power to fire up a person to excel as a human being, to change their lives for the better.  It is fantastic that football brings this opportunity to their lives.” (From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)

by Peter Barr

21 October 2014

From a refugee to a footballer

Team Bosnia & Herzegovina are among the 42 nations taking part in this year’s Homeless World Cup in Santiago competing in the twelfth year of the street soccer tournament which started on Sunday, October 19 with the finals taking place on the Sunday, October 26.

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21 October 2014

From Scotland to Chile

Two-time winners of the Homeless World Cup Scotland are currently in Santiago competing in the 2014 edition of the tournament with the finals taking place on the Sunday, October 26. The team is composed entirely of homeless players.

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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.

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