Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Italy Wins Homeless World Cup

After 114 matches over five days the Homeless World Cup said goodbye to Edinburgh in front of a packed Ross Bandstand on Sunday night.

The five days of competition saw an incredible 625 goals scored in front of around 60,000 fans.

Italy lived up to their number one ranking when they edged Poland in the final by three goals to two. Italy had also kicked the event off on Wednesday morning when they lost to Ireland.

It would remain the Italians only defeat.

Scotland sent the crowd wild with a series of heroic performances before settling for fourth place. In Gary Lipscombe the Scottish fans found a new hero.

Namibia lit up the event with a series of amazing displays. For many Ataka Jansen was the star of the event - although Portugal's Nuno Carlotta certainly pushed him all the way.

England captured the Big Issue Scotland Trophy with a convincing display against the Portuguese. The Welsh Dragons won the City of Edinburgh Trophy after edging South Africa in a close encounter.

There was Scottish success in the INSP Network Trophy when the Czech Republic pipped France in the decider. The Czech's had local hero 'Shandy' (Andy McIntyre) as one of their players.

The United States captured the Fair Play Award - after capturing the hearts of everyone who saw them during the week. And Australia were voted best new team after their impressive debut saw them secure eigth place.

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