Beyond the Double Victory

Homeless World Cup 2016, George Square, Glasgow, Scotland - 14 July 2016

Both Mexican squads went undefeated in Glasgow, with the women claiming their fourth trophy in five years and the men adding a second title to their tally after their first win in Amsterdam in 2015. The women’s squad scored the most goals of the week, with 107 total.

“The players are youngsters who have been selected from all over the country, coming from vulnerable situations such as that of rehabilitation programmes of drug and alcohol abuse, living on the streets,” explained Coach Abraham Miranda. “All have a lot of desire to move forward with their lives. And they have converted their lives and bad habits into clean, healthy habits. For that reason, they have become better people.”

In addition to the cup title, the women’s squad came away with a FIFPro Fair Play Award and the best female player award.

Lizeth Rodriguez earned the fourth FIFPro Fair Play Award. She was wearing the captain’s armband during a game against Greece when, after a lopsided start, the two teams decided to swap goalies to even the competition. Speaking after picking up her award, Rodriguez said: “I’m very happy to receive the award. It’s not something I ever imagined I would win. It’s not about me though, it’s about both sides: Greece and Mexico.”

Team captain Karla Palma was awarded the Best Female Player Award for her phenomenal football skills on the pitch and her commitment and support towards her other teammates. Karla shared insight into her experience in Glasgow: “The truth is it’s been very exciting sharing the same living space as all the people from various countries. More than anything you learn a lot being here with so many different people. You learn to be a better person and believe more in yourself.”

Team Mexico 2016 (Men’s)

Name Role
Abraham Miranda Carlos Coach
Ulises Reza Arreola Coach
Guadalupe Valentin Godoy Sanchez Player
Daniel Guillermo De La Vega Ramirez Player
Christian Mendez Orduño Player
Luis Fernando Amezola Bernal Player
Nestor Guadalupe Zavala Zozaya Player
Geovanni Guerrero Lopez Player
Francisco Fabian Arriaga Gonzalez Player
Adan Josue Gutierrez Vazquez Player

Team Mexico 2016 (Women’s)

Name Role
Heriberto Espejel Cuellar Coach
Anali Zarate Bravo Coach
Jessica Alejandra Camacho Silva Player
Lizette Monserrat Rodriguez Cisneros Player
Joana Rubi Carrera Gomez Player
Judith Arcelia Lozoya Iturrios Player
Karla Teresa Reyes Rivera Player
Nely Ramos Ramirez Player
Alejandra Calderon Lua Player
Karla Ivonne Palma Castillo Player

Street Soccer Mexico A.C. is a private, non-profit organisation that uses sports as a social tool. They run the Mexican Homeless World Cup teams in collaboration with Fundación Telmex. The organisation is aided by national and civic institutions to organise tournaments and training sessions for children and youth living in shelters, recovery homes, or marginalised communities.

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