The 15th edition of the Homeless World Cup took place from August 29 until September 5, at the iconic Rådhusplassen, The City Hall Square, between Oslo City Hall and Oslo Fjord in Oslo, Norway.
Norway's Homeless World Cup’s partner is the Salvation Army, who hosted the event. As long time partners, the Salvation Army has been responsible for the national street football team since 2005 and has taken a team to eleven tournaments.
Team Cambodia were drawn in Group C for the first stage alongside reigning champions Mexico, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Romania.
The lads got off to a great start with a 7-5 victory over South Korea, followed by an incredible 5-3 win over football giants Germany! A very tight game against an excellent Italy team went down to the last kick of the game and we were unfortunate to lose 5-4.
Next up came a 9-1 thrashing from Mexico and a 10-2 beating by Romania but nevertheless it was a very respectable showing.
Stage 2 pitted us against Finland, Scotland, South Korea and Hungary. An excellent 4-2 win over Finland was followed by a 6-0 defeat to Scotland and a 5-0 defeat to Hungary. A comfortable 5-1 victory over South Korea put Cambodia into the Globe Trophy to play for the spots between 33rd and 40th in the tournament.
The quarter final against Czech Republic was an outstanding performance and resulted in a commanding 6-5 victory and a match against Israel in the semi-final.
An excellent 6-1 win over Israel, gave the team the chance to retain the Mens Globe Trophy but faced a Germany side looking for revenge for their first stage defeat. A close game ended in a 5-3 win for the Germans. Unlucky lads, great effort to finish 34th overall.
Cambodia 7 South Korea 5
Cambodia 5 Germany 3
Cambodia 4 Italy 5
Cambodia 1 Mexico 9
Cambodia 2 Romania 10
Cambodia 4 Finland 2
Cambodia 0 Scotland 6
Cambodia 0 Hungary 5
Cambodia 5 South Korea 1
Cambodia 6 Czech Republic 5
Cambodia 6 Israel 0
Cambodia 3 Germany 5
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It was another successful Homeless World Cup for the Cambodian team!
This week saw the Cambodian team for the Homeless World Cup introduced to the media at our press conference.
We are delighted to announce that Smart Axiata will continue to be the exclusive Telecommunication partner for HFCA till 2020.
"I am very excited about going to the Homeless World Cup. I want to see what the differences are between Norway and Cambodia."
Van Ream is excited to be heading to Norway!
Our players are so excited about their first ever overseas trip. Oslo here we come!
Supporters of HFCA since 2010, Rotary are assisting the Cambodian team for their trip to Norway.
Team Cambodia's exclusive Telecommunications sponsor for the forthcoming Homeless World Cup.
HFCA to send team for 10th year in a row.