Sunday, September 26, 2010

Homeless World Cup champions: Brazil

One last post on the Cup to tell you how it all turned out.  The Brazilian men's team came out champions -- and so did the Brazilian women's team!

Here is a repost of the article (and photos) that can be found on the official Homeless World Cup website.

Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup Champions: BRAZIL

Brazil demolished Chile 6-0 to record an historic double victory on home soil, following the women's team's defeat of Mexico earlier today.

Following an emotionally charged Women's final, hundreds of spectators made their way over to Pitch One for the most eagerly anticipated Final in the history of the Homeless World Cup.

Undoubtedly the two best teams of the men's tournament, Brazil versus Chile had fast become the final the people wanted to see.

The emotional playing of the anthems was followed by rapturous applause in a carnival atmosphere, as the Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup got under way.

As the first specks of rain fell to the pitch at the Copacabana Beach the Brazillians set about their task.

Following a nervy opening period, it was Brazil who took the lead.

Chile midfielder Jonathan Viveros lost possesion cheaply allowing Maximiliano to square the ball to a team mate to open the scoring.

As Brazil began to boss the game, they extended their lead when goalkeeper Renildo drove the ball into the centre forward's feet, who smartly laid off for Maximiliano to plunder a second goal.

The game lacked the frenetic energy of their encounter on the opening day and Chile appeared shell-shocked as the hosts further extended their lead before half-time, a placed finish by right-sided forward Jhon Lennon.


Chile kept the Brazillians waiting before the second half began as coach Juan Erazo and Nicolas Paraud gave final words of inspiration to the players, before referee "Shoes" Mohono asserted their need to rejoin the field of play for the second half to commence.

Chile rallied and attempted to up their tempo but failed to seriously trouble the Brazillian goalkeeper, Renildo. With their best play coming through Jose Moralez, the Chileans pressed but a regimented Brazil allowed few opportunities and when they did the Chileans found the Brazillian stopper in fine form, one reflex save in particular drawing praise from the home crowd and moans of frustration from the Chilean players.

Brazil out the game beyond Chile with two quick goals. The first a well placed shot to make it four, before Chilean keeper Andy Berrios scythed down an oncoming Brazilian player to concede a penalty.

It was left to Maximiliano to convert, taking a touch before sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, giving Brazil a 5-0 lead.

Brazil settled the game when Paulinho skipped past his marker on the right hand side and rifled a rising shot beyond the Chilean keeper.

Seconds later the final whistle was blown as ecstatic Brazillian pandemonium ensued on the pitch and in the stands.

Dejected Chileans players dropped to the floor, as the Brazillian coaching team and victorious women's side joined their celebrations.


Report by Simon Mobey and Callum Macdonald; Photos by Wil Corker

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Thanks for all the posts on the homeless world cup!! I really truly enjoyed them! I really hope to be able to volunteer for something like that one day! Volunteering here, is also few and far between! Glad you all got to participate!