Homeless World Cup

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The Final Whistle

26 September; Author: World Cup Willy

They think it’s all over … it is now! There’s no people on the pitch, there’s no Geoff Hurst hattrick and Kenneth Wolstenholme isn’t commentating. But The Homeless World Cup 2010 is now finished.

Brazil ran out winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments with wins over Chile and Mexico, respectively, in front of a stadium packed with players, spectators and media. And earlier in the day Slovenia, Philippenes, Ukraine, Argentina and Austria all won their own competitions … celebrations all round!

The day finished wet, so the trophies were presented in a local school gym – a bit of a dampener at the end of the week, but football and the promise of bright futures for the players was the biggest winner. The prize giving ceremony finished with a party for the players, officials and organisers – hundreds of people mingling, taking photographs, exchanging email addresses and swapping shirts – hundreds of people together because of homelessness and football.

I don’t know exactly what is going to happen from here on, but watching the guys and girls over the last week, I think it’s going to be something good. The plan from The Homeless World Cup is just that … and it seems like there’s every opportunity it could happen. I’m hoping to be able to keep in touch with some of the guys here in Rio, so I’ll be able to see exactly what happens over the coming months and years.

Well done, everyone! Fantastic efforts this week!

Photos courtesy of The Homeless World Cup and Nicolae Stoian/Photographers for Hope

Brazil Men CelebrateBrazil Women CelebratePacked Stadium on Finals Day


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What is this all about?

This is all about creating new futures for people ... through football. It's simple! And more than 500 people from across the world will have the opportunity by taking part in the 2010 Homeless World Cup. The event raises awareness of homelessness globally and drives people to change their lives with new health, jobs, homes, families and more. If you'd like to sponsor me, please click here.

Who am I?

I'm Wil, a football fan ... and now a volunteer at the 2010 Homeless World Cup. I've taken on the challenge of volunteering for the 2010 Homeless World Cup to combine my passion for football with a desire to help others. I'll be getting my hands dirty at the event, helping in a whole range of ways (lugging around equipment, directing teams, talking to the press, compiling results, writing blogs and more). It's a fantastic opportunity to get involved and to make a difference to so many other people's lives.