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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

24 October 2014

UEFA – Respect and Fair Play at Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup had a Respect and Fair Play celebration as part of their week long tournament Street Soccer Tournament.

Partner organisation, EUFA launched the Respect campaign as part of their social responsibility programme aimed at strengthening the health and integrity of both football and society as a whole.
This umbrella theme underpins all the elements of UEFA's social responsibility strategy, including the promotion of diversity, peace and reconciliation, football for all, health, respect for the environment and the campaign against discrimination, racism and violence, the integral pillar being Respect.

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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

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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