The excitement was palpable on Sunday as 10,000 fans defied the Scottish weather and cheered on teams from around the world as the 14th Homeless World Cup kicked off in Glasgow!
The buzz was tangible as teams laughed, danced and sang their way into the centre of Glasgow, announced from Argentina to Zimbabwe as the decibel level soared.
Homeless World Cup President Mel Young, Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport & the Islands and member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Pollock, along with leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Frank McAveety presented the trophies for the men’s and women’s tournaments before singer/songwriter Rod Paterson’s voice rose in a rendition of A Man’s A Man For A’ That.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon sent a message of support read by Iain Whyte, ambassador for the tournament, then Mel declared the tournament open!
Meanwhile, Street Soccer United kicked off their Homeless World Cup campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Brazil on Sunday afternoon.
Comprising of refugees living in Scotland, the team consists of players from countries such as Iran, Somalia, Senegal, and Eritrea.
Brazil’s influential Luis Hernandez opened the scoring, before Street Soccer United equalised through the clinical boot of striker Kevin.
Brazil upped the pace, however, and took full advantage in the second half. Hernandez was once again involved, scoring and setting up another as they went on to seal a 4-1 win.