Limerick, Ireland - Most of the spectators at the University of Limerick soccer pitches had never seen amputee football before. All went away with a powerful respect for the game and the athletes.
England Wins PaddyPower 2-1 over Poland
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The Honorable Kieran O'Donnell, Member of the Irish Parliament summed up the reaction of spectators to the their first look at our game. "I can't believe the speed and high skill level of these players. I never would have expected it."
That skill level was compelling that fans, dignitaries, the media and even the referees quickly forgot they were watching amputee football. English referee John Ford said "After a few minutes you forgot these men were on crutches and just saw very highly skilled football matches."
The tournament had all the ceremony deserved of a major international competition, with pipers leading the teams to the opening ceremonies. (See the PaddyPower Gallery for images of the tournament)
National teams representing Ireland, England, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Poland played four games each over the two-day tournament at the University of Limerick.
By the end of the first day it was apparent that England was a dominating force winning both its preliminary round matches with a total of 12 goals scored with none against.
Poland also displayed superior field strength with 9 goals scored and none against.
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England Wins 2nd
Warsaw, Poland - In a repeat of last year's tournament, England took home top honors in the Amp Fuitbol cup hosted by Poland in warsaw, Sept 7-8. Ukraine took second place again this year and and Poland third.
Amp Futbol Cup in Warsaw
But this time the Ukrainians won by the narrowest of margins, the result of a last-minute goal direct kick.
Mickey Chambers (England), was names Player of the Tournament; Mark Zadebskiego (Poland), best goal keeper. and itle Yuri Sushch (Ukraine), was the top goal scorer. Germany was awarded the Fair Play.
Poland defeated Ireland 3-0 in the semi-finals while England bested Germany 7-0.
Though they'd already played three matches in two days, the English and Polish teams demonstrated the value of their endurance training playing hard throughout the 50-minute final. In the end, England took the PaddyPower Crown 2-1.
England's Mickey Chambers won the Golden Boot award as top scorer with 7. John de Haan, Netherlands, was named Best Keeper and Sean Kelly Player of the Tournament - all named by the refereeing crew. Belgium was voted most Sportsmanlike Team of the Tournament.
The 4th Cup of African Nations Amputee Football (CANAF) will be held in Narobi, Kenya, Nov. 22 - 30, 2013.
More Nations Begin Playing Amputee Football
Amputee Football may be the fastest growing sport on the planet. Rising from just 8 teams in 2005, our sport now has 24 official members, with more requesting membership every week.
Italy, Columbia, India, and the Republic of Georgia have all recently inquired about membership and playing opportunities.
The world game is rapidly expanding for those of us in "alternative configurations."
For information on our game and how to become part of our competitive world, email World Amputee Football Federation.
Lions over Grenadiers on Haiti's
4th Annual Amputee Football Tournament
From the amputee Football Association of Haiti.
Four Haitian amputee football clubs participated in the island nation's recent 4th Annual Tournament of Amputee Football.
In the opening rounds the Grenadier Amps Football Club dropped PHAHR FC 2-0. Lion Football Club of Amputee bested Oiseaux Celeste 8-1.
In the second grouip round Grenadier again bested FC PHAHR, this time by a score of 3-0. The lions win its group by forfeit when Oiseaux Celeste failed to take the field at the apaproriate time.
The grand final was attended by officials the tournament sponsor CBM and by more than a thousand spectators who came to cheer their team and appreciate the potential of our disabled athletes.
In the final match between and the Lions defeated the Grenadiers 3-1.
The Coach of the Club Lion considered himself lucky to have won this victory.
Cesar Jacques Frantz Anderson, coach of the Lions Club, said "I am happy to have the win against Club Grenadier who has already beaten us in the finals in 2011 and in 2012."
"We worked hard and made many sacrifices to get to beat the Grenadiers. With this win we now have two trophies each."
Club Lion celebrates it's 2nd Gold in four Haitian Tournaments
Club Grenadier takes it's second silver in four years.