Mixed team Brazil became the first team to win the Homeless World Cup for the third time in the men’s/mixed tournament’s 15-year history, courtesy of a 4–3 win over Mexico in Oslo’s Radhusplassen this evening.
A dominant, possession-based performance that featured a double from Igor saw the Brazilians control the match from the outset and hold off a resurgent Mexico. Brazil has won the tournament twice previously — once in Poznan in 2013 and before that in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 — and now edges ahead of Italy, Chile, Mexico and Scotland in the record books, with each of the countries having won the Homeless World Cup twice.
Mexico Women also marked a record win, running out Women’s Homeless World Cup winners for an unmatched fifth time with a 4–2 win over Chile. The closely contested, physical final saw both team testing their goalkeepers’ reflexes, with goals from Zacapantzi and Valentine helping secure the third consecutive title for the women’s side. Mexico also won the Women’s Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam in 2015 and Glasgow in 2016.
Earlier in the day, Austria picked up the Men’s Salvation Army Plate with a 5–2 victory over Bulgaria, while Denmark won the Men’s City of Oslo Bowl with a 4–2 victory over India.
It was also a successful day for Scotland, with both their men’s and women’s sides lifting the New Balance Shield and Fretex plate respectively. Scotland women came from 4–1 down against the Netherlands to win 5–4, while the Scotsmen ran out 5–1 winners against Grenada.
Supported by actor Michael Sheen, Wales Women were crowned winners of the Cobana Bowl with a comprehensive 6–2 win over the USA.
Words: David Brockett
Image: Daniel Lipinski