Tuesday, September 15, 2009
UKRAINE CROWNED MILAN 2009 HOMELESS WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS
Ukraine defeated Portugal over the weekend by a score of 5-4 in the final of the Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup. This is the annual international football tournament that gives people who are homeless the opportunity to change their own lives. 48 nations, 500 players from all 5 continents of the world were united in the Arena Civica, Milan, Italy for the 7th Homeless World Cup from 6-13 September 2009.
Mel Young, President, Homeless World Cup, closing the competition said: "Congratulations to the players. Your spirit of fair play, courage and determination is a true example to the human race. This is what the united nations can look like. People standing together creating real significant change in their lives. A ball can change the world."
Milan officials handed over to Brazil for the Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup in a high energy display of samba and color with the Brazilians promising to deliver the best tournament ever next year.
77% of players involved in the Homeless World Cup experience a significant life change; no-longer using drugs and alcohol, moving into homes, jobs, education, training, repairing relationships and becoming coaches or players with semi-pro teams. 94% claim to have a renewed motivation for life.
You can get all of the results and more information on the HWC website.