November 17th, 2010

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  • san

Amputee Football World Cup

We've had mentions of the Homeless World Cup, and Blind Soccer.
Now, here is further proof that football has no fucking limits and is the most amazing sport ever.

I was flipping through a sports magazine that came with a newspaper and found this article, and thought it was too amazing not to share. It was an older issue (June/July 2010 World Cup special), and I had to re-type the [short] article, so please pardon any typos.

Ladies and gentlemen...

Amputee Football World Cup



They may lack limbs but competitors at the Amputee Football World Cup will have plenty of heart.


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Source: Sport&Style (The Age newspaper)
Words: Nina Karnikowski


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Is that amazing, or is that amazing?

I did a bit of research (though information was a little scattered and jumbled up) - the 2010 Amputee World Cup is the second one ever, and it was won by Uzbekistan, after they defeated Argentina 3 - 1. The first Amputee World Cup was held in 2007, in Turkey, and Ukbekistan were also the champions.


(Uzbekistan Amputee football national team - thanks cherry_heering!)

The Argentina Independent has a great article here about it. It states that Amputee Football was first created by a fellow by the name of Don Bennett, about 30 years ago. In the 2010 tournament, 16 nations competed.

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Edit:
Many thanks to alans530 for the corrections as below:

"The 2010 edition was not the second Amputee World Cup ever played -- the series goes back to the 1980s, took a break in the early 1990s while the Soviet Union broke up and resumed again in 1998.

The 2010 Amputee Football World Cup was the second won by Uzbekistan (they also won the previous championship in 2007). Finding reliable information online concerning the pre-1998 tournaments is difficult. This article (in Russian) lists the major tournaments from 1998 to 2009:

http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/365450

Since 1998, Brazil and Russia have each won four Amputee World Cups, Uzbekistan two.

Beginning in 2005, it was decided to hold the Amputee World Cup every other year, so the 2006 and 2008 tournaments listed in the cited article are European championships, both won by Russia. Due to organizational distress, the 2009 Amputee World Cup was postponed until 2010 and is the recently-completed Argentine tournament. The next Amputee World Cup will be played in Japan in 2012."

(Thank you! :))

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FIFA.com also have a few mentions on its website (though it doesn't look like there is anything recent, unfortunately), and they have the rules of the game here, but I'm going to copy and paste the rules from the actual World Amputee Football website because they actually have a bit of dry humour with theirs. Note that I intentionally left in any grammar or spelling mistakes.

"Amputee football is basically the same as the two-legged version, with some minor adaptations":
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(Heh heh, "Kick ball. Score goal." I love it.)



A 2007 article on FIFA.com also mentions the first-ever All-African Amputee Football Championship, which took place in Sierra Leone (and supported by FIFA). Ghana were champions of that tournament. Read the article here.
The All-African Championship is an annual event, with Liberia winning the 2008 tournament. The Guardian reports here. The 2009 tournament appeared to have been canceled due to lack of funding, and I couldn't find information on a 2010 tournament (hoping that's only because my google skills suck).

Other sources:
The official World Amputee Football Federation website is WorldAmputeeFootball.com
AfricaFeed.com have a short article.
Picturetank also has some great photos (photos by Magali Delporte)
Edit:
ESPN also did a story on it (thanks epouvante!)
This YouTube video shows parts of the match between Great Britain and Haiti at the Amputee World Cup in 2010, and this video gives some more information on the Liberain war (both vids thanks to chinra!)

Simply awesome, inspiring stuff.
If anyone has anything to add to this, please feel free to share! :)

Thank you for your time.
[Dune] Jessica

FIFA REPORT CARD ON THE BIDDING COUNTRIES

FIFA evaluates US ability to host 2022 World Cup
(AP) – 5 hours ago

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA says the United States bid needs stronger guarantees of federal government support and Qatar's desert heat could put players' health at risk at a 2022 World Cup.

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  • c0rrine

the not so friendly friendly

Ok I know many of you were much too busy watching the Oman vs Belarus friendly to pay attention to this game so I've decided to make a post to catch you up!!!!

If anyone has been wondering why I have been MIA lately it's because I've been taking a really extensive video edting course and boy, it's been consuming all my time!!!!! I hope you'll forgive me for my neglectfulness and I'll promise not to have kids anytime soon. Ok here is my video editing debut please go easy on me:




90 matches between these two sides have been played. 34 have gone to Argentina, 33 have gone to Brazil, 23 have ended in draws, and 33 pictures from today's game are under the cut.



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  • furyyy

rio's preaching session to the little ones....


With an impressive combination of wit and wisdom, Rio Ferdinand delivered a sermon on the drawbacks of drinking on Tuesday. 
 
It was quite a speech from the England captain, one that was directed primarily at Andy Carroll but one that a few other members of Fabio Capello's squad would do well to acknowledge. 

 
Rio Ferdinand

Harry Redknapp complained previously that alcohol has become a major problem for the modern English millionaire footballer and Ferdinand echoed the Tottenham manager's concerns.

At a time when the game has never been faster and more physically demanding, and a time when the highest paid stars of the Barclays Premier League have never been under more scrutiny, Ferdinand said alcohol should be enjoyed only in moderation.

As Capello has been quick to recognise, Carroll has not exactly grasped that yet. He keeps finding trouble and much of it is seemingly related to his passion, as Ferdinand put it, for getting 'smashed'. One pint never appears to be enough. Carroll, as many a late night reveller in Newcastle can testify, is more of a double figures man. 
 

That, of course, is a worry when the 21-year-old appears to have so much talent. When Capello considers him 'the most interesting player who can play forward' and possibly the solution for which England have long been looking. He might just be the perfect partner for Wayne Rooney, even if he will make his international debut as a lone striker this evening when England meet France at Wembley.  

Having been in a few scrapes of his own, Ferdinand speaks from experience. On Tuesday he was asked to recall his first major drinking session with his team-mates and his response was one to which Carroll will certainly be able to relate. 'If I could remember it, it wouldn't have been a good session,' he said as he held court in one of the four dressing rooms at Wembley. 'So no.'

But once the laughter had subsided Ferdinand did have a serious point to make, and much of it centred around the need to recognise their responsibilities as players.

 

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