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June 30, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
With Spain's 1-0 victory over Germany on Sunday, Euro 2008 officially came to a close, meaning you have two years before you need to once again pretend that you care about soccer, when the 2010 World Cup kicks-off. But maybe you've become hooked on The Beautiful Game, and can't bear the thought of waiting that long for some international futbol action. Lucky for you, the Homeless World Cup is right around the corner.
The Homeless World Cup is an annual, international football tournament, uniting teams of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever.
They play "street soccer," which consists of two, seven-minute halves (need to allow the necessary time for panhandling). This year, the event is being held in December, in Melbourne, Australia. And since I know you're wondering, yes, Scotland is ranked No. 1 in the world
after the 2007 Homeless Cup.
Want to play in the tournament and represent your country proudly? All you need to do is: be at least 16 years old and have been homeless at some point after Jan. 12, 2007 (in accordance with the national definition of homelessness, which, I'd assume, is "without a home"). But if you've played in a tournament before, you're not allowed -- no ringers, please.
(Coach Kramer says, "Now, I don't care where you're from, or how you got here, or what happened to your homes. But you will have to be physically fit.")
Sadly, it appears as though the U.S. team tryouts have come and gone, but there's always next year, in Milan of all places.