And the winner is…the Ukraine

The championship we are talking about is the 2009 Homeless World Cup.This great 8-day event in Milan culminated with the Ukraine topping Portugal 5-4. Congratulations to all of the players involved, the organizers, and the volunteers. The next Homeless World Cup will be taking place in Brazil in 2010.

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Sept. 13, 2009

Today Ukraine defeated Portugal 5-4 in the final of the Milan 2009  Homeless World Cup, 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.

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 change. 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 colour 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.

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