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.
Day 1 Stage 1
Cambodia 7 South Korea 5
Day 2 Stage 1
Cambodia 5 Germany 3
Cambodia 4 Italy 5
Day 3 Stage 1
Cambodia 1 Mexico 9
Cambodia 2 Romania 10
Day 4 Stage 2
Cambodia 4 Finland 2
Day 5 Stage 2
Cambodia 0 Scotland 6
Cambodia 0 Hungary 5
Day 6 Stage 2
Cambodia 5 South Korea 1
Day 7 Globe Trophy
Cambodia 6 Czech Republic 5
Cambodia 6 Israel 0
Day 8 Globe Trophy Final
Cambodia 3 Germany 5
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Getting the Cambodian team to the Homeless World Cup is a huge task and we couldn't make it happen without the help and support of sponsors such as Smart Axiata, Collingwood Rotary, our partners Build your Future Today, Act Change Educate, Global Development Group and in particular Cambodian Children's Fund, whose Founder Scott Neeson has been incredible. His presence not just at our Press Conference but on the ground in Norway had a massive impact on the players and the HFCA team as a whole. A big thank you also to CCF's Josh Lowry for his help behind the scenes on social media.
Huge thank you to our HFCA Board of Management who do great work behind the scenes. Special mention must go to Sue and Stewart Easton, Rita Di Pietro, Bruce Shaw and the Tang family. Plus Kevin Milstein and so many others. Sincere apologies if we missed anyone.
A huge thank you to Mel Young and all the Homeless World Cup team for putting on yet another fantastic event, that once again changed many lives and is an inspiration to us all. Thanks so much to the local organisers the Salvation Army and to the wonderful city and people of Oslo for such an amazing welcome. Our players loved their time in Norway, it is an experience they will never forget.
Thanks also to everyone who followed us on our Facebook page, watching our games live and sharing our news.