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Homeless World Cup underway as fans flock to Cardiff

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Published on July 28, 2019 - Duration: 02:16s
Almost 50 countries take part in the Homeless World Cup football tournament
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Homeless World Cup underway as fans flock to Cardiff

SHOWS: CARDIFF, WALES, UK (JULY 27, 2019) (HOMELESS WORLD CUP 2019 VNR - ACCESS ALL) 1.

HOMELESS WORLD CUP PLAYERS STEPPING OUT ONTO THE PITCH WITH FLAGS 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WELSH ACTOR, MICHAEL SHEEN, SAYING: "You have crossed oceans with your dreams of football, your dreams of representing your proud nations, your dreams of a better tomorrow.

And here this week together we will build upon those dreams, and we will make them real.

What we build together this week can change lives." 3.

WALES EQUALISING AGAINST DENMARK TO MAKE IT 6-6 AT THE END OF NORMAL TIME 4.

WELSH SUPPORTERS CELEBRATING 5.

WALES MISSING A PENALTY IN THE SHOOTOUT TO HAND DENMARK VICTORY 6.

FRANCE SCORING THE OPENING GOAL FROM LONG RANGE IN THEIR 5-4 WIN OVER HUNGARY 7.

SOUTH KOREA SCORING THE OPENING GOAL WITH A GREAT RUN AND SHOT IN THEIR 4-4 DRAW WITH SWEDEN (SWEDEN GO ON TO WIN ON PENALTIES) 8.

ZIMBABWE SCORING AN AUDACIOUS CHIP IN THEIR 7-3 DEFEAT BY CHILE 9.

CLOSE UP OF THE ZIMBABWEAN PLAYER 10.

FANS APPLAUDING THE GOAL 11.

SWEDEN'S WOMEN'S TEAM SCORE A LONG RANGE GOAL IN THEIR 5-1 DEFEAT BY HUNGARY 12.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HOMELESS WORLD CUP FOUNDER, MEL YOUNG, SAYING: (STARTS OFF) "And finally can I just say to the players, we can actually show and demonstrate to the world that we are human beings with dignity and respect and we play football in a way that it should be played.

And we show the world about the way humanity should be, and you do this.

You are absolutely brilliant, you are the heroes." 13.

MEXICAN PLAYER SPORTINGLY TIES THE SHOELACE OF THE SWISS GOALKEEPER DURING MEXICO'S 10-2 VICTORY STORY: Football's Homeless World Cup began in Cardiff, UK, on Saturday (July 27) amid great fanfare in the Welsh capital with over 500 players from nearly 50 different nations set to take part in the week-long event.

In the 17th edition of the tournament, Welsh actor Michael Sheen gave a rousing speech at the Bute Park venue alongside founder Mel Young as the players put on a spectacle.

In the opening round of matches, Wales' men's team scored a late equaliser to draw 6-6 with Denmark in the pick of the opening group-stage matches, only to lose on penalties.

Elsewhere, France edged out Hungary 5-4 in their first match, while Mexico thumped Switzerland 10-2.

Hungary's women's team fared better than their male counterparts, thrashing Sweden 5-1.

In the men's tournament, 44 teams make up eight groups with the top three from each progressing to the knockout rounds.

The 16-team women's event consists of two groups of eight with the top four advancing to the next phase.

The organisers, the Homeless World Cup Foundation charity, says that the aim of the annual tournament is to use football to inspire people who are homeless to change their own lives through the power of football, and to change public perceptions of homelessness and the issues around it.

The tournament runs from July 27 to August 3.

(Production: Elliot Richardson)

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