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Homeless World Cup gets underway in Brazil

Homeless World Cup gets underway in Brazil
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It was a great atmosphere on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach as the eighth Homeless Football World Cup kicked off.

The competition, aimed at changing lives and raising awareness since 2003, opened with children playing samba tunes in a beachside parade.

The opening match saw Brazil take on Chile and after a tense game, the hosts eventually triumphed 7-6 thanks to a last minute goal from captain Jedeison.

Thousands are expected to watch approximately 1,200 homeless players from 64 countries. Defending champions Ukraine are the favourites to lift the trophy while Palestine, Haiti and South Korea will all be participating for the very first time.

The tournament, which has been hosted by cities like Milan, Melbourne and Copenhagen, will take place until the 19th of September.