Homeless World Cup

2014 Homeless World Cup kicks off in Chile

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Santiago, Chile is the host city for one of the feel-good events of the year, the Homeless World Cup.

Run by the Homeless World Cup organization, this year’s tournament features 54 teams from around the world, facing off in five-a-side matches in the city center.

With over 350 matches taking place, the event allows people that are homeless or live in extreme poverty to travel across the world to play football.

From HomelessWorldCup.org:

The vision of the Homeless World Cup is to transform lives of homeless people through football. It has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of homeless people since it began.

Santiago is the highlight of 12 months’ work. Over the coming days, 54 teams from around the world will play 350 fast-paced games for 7 trophies, supported by millions of fans.

The United States team has been placed in a group with the Netherlands, Russia, Bulgaria and England. The U.S. also has fielded a women’s team, organized by Street Soccer USA.

Reigning champions Brazil will look to win their third title, while Mexico will try and avenge three straight losses in the finals. Host nation Chile were crowned champions in 2012, and would love to claim another trophy in front of their home fans.

Hat tip: Daniel Agger pays to send Denmark team to Homeless World Cup

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Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has done his good deed for the day. If not the week, the month or this year.

Reports from his homeland of Denmark state that Agger, 29, has helped to send the Danish team to the Homeless World Cup in Chile  next month.

Agger, who returned to his former club Brondby last month after nine seasons in the Premier League with Liverpool, forked out nearly $4,000 to send the squad to South America according to Frits Ahlstrom, of the charity Ombold.

Ahlstrom told Danish channel TV2: “I talked to him and said we still had to find 20,000 krone, and he said without hesitating: ‘I’ll give it to you.’ There is no substitute for class and Daniel has it on and off the field, as a player and as a person.”

Well done to you, Mr. Agger, who sent the following message to the squad: “Hope you have a great trip!”

The Homeless World Cup has been taking place every year since 2003 and the reigning World Champions are Brazil who won the tournament in Poland last summer.

For more information on the tournament, where the U.S. will be sending a team, click here. The 2014 Homeless World Cup takes place from October 19-26 in Santiago, Chile.