Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Homeless World Cup: Scotland's Success Brings New Challenges

Heard about the Scotland team going to a World Cup and turning in a series of high scoring, winning performances?

No?

You might not have because there's little coverage over here but this footballing anachronism is happening right now in Paris.

With the first group stage of the 2011 Homeless World Cup now complete Scotland's men can reflect on a job well done.

Wins yesterday over Romania and Germany rounded off Scotland's business in Group G. And they finished with only one defeat.

Unfortunately that penalty shoot-out loss to Indonesia, the match finished 8-8, robbed us of first place in the group.

That means we enter the secondary group stage - 48 teams and one week of matches requires a creative format - in Group C.

Joining us are Brazil, Croatia, Philippines, Poland and Portugal.

Poland and reigning champions Brazil are the two first round group winners in Group C. That guide to form suggests a daunting task for Scotland in their first game - we're up against the Poles in our only match today.

A bit of history in that fixture - the Poles, a real humdinger of a Polish side, were one of the great successes of the Edinburgh Homeless World Cup back in 2005.

Another first or second place finish in the secondary group stage will take Scotland into the quarter finals, nudging ever closer to the Homeless World Cup final.

Probably best if we don't get ahead of ourselves though, just try and fling a healthy dose of positive vibes across the channel.

> In the Women's Homeless Cup Scotland have endured a tough start to their debut tournament.

But they did manage their first ever win yesterday beating Paraguay 10-5. The women are in action against Holland today.

> Follow the action and find out more about how a one week football tournament in Paris can change lives around the world on the Homeless World Cup website