Afghanistan wins the World Cup

Afghanistan has won the 2008 Homeless World Cup! How bloody brilliant is that?!

Playing in Melbourne, they beat Russia 5-4.

In a thrilling match in front of 50,000 spectators packed into Federation Square throughout the day, the Afghanistan and Russian teams battled it out for the sixth Homeless World Cup Trophy.

Russia opened the scoring, but Afghanistan responded quickly and at the end of the first seven-minute half were ahead 3-2. The two teams traded goal for goal in the second term, with Afghanistan holding the lead. Despite some intense last-second attacks by the determined Russians, the Afghan defence held up to take victory.

The Homeless World Cup is an annual, international football tournament, uniting teams of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever. It has triggered and supports grass roots football projects in over 60 nations working with over 25,000 homeless and excluded people throughout the year.

What a way to start Eid.

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2 Responses to “Afghanistan wins the World Cup”

  1. Marianne Says:

    Worst call I’ve made all year? Visiting our Aussie office in Melbourne this Sunday and NOT realising that while I was there Afghanistan was playing Russia in the finals of the Homeless World Cup. Oh yes, I did indeed kick myself. Hard.

  2. harryrud Says:

    That is really gutting. Ah well eh, good to hear from you anyway, and thanks for the offer of RnR in NZ – when I’m on a UN salary I’d like to take you up on that!

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