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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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:
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).
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)
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.