A BALL CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING !
Katowice Internationals World Cup came back again this year for its III Edition under the slogan“A Ball Can Change Everything”, taking place the days 2-3 of October in the pitch next to Stadium Śląski Chorzów. This event aims to promote social inclusion and diversity through sport and multicultural interaction in Silesia and Poland. Those are the values of our Foundation in the everyday life working, and that is what we put it practice in this two days.
The whole draw of the tournament was composed by 20 different national teams from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Every team was composed by internationals living not only in Katowice and Silesia, but also in some cities like Kraków or Gdánsk. There is only a strong requirement which is being born in the country you are playing for, so we have a truly and respectful competition.
The first day started with a parade of the 20 national teams to present themselves to the supporters. The pitch was divided in 4 different pitches where all the matches were being played at the same time, to make the show more exciting. Soon enough we could see some teams already getting as favourites for the Cup after some astonishing matches.
Therefore, in the first group Ukraine and Angola got the top positions. The second group was dominated by Uzbekistan and Brasil playing great football. The third group’s Egypt and Yemen. Finally, in the last group, Portugal and Morocco playing very exciting matches were promoted to following round. The next day, the official matches for the quarter finals were Ukraine vs Egypt, Colombia vs Portugal , Angola vs Yemen and Brasil vs Morocco. There was a huge expectation for these games as there were some of the best teams facing each other already on the pitch.
And in the end the big final for this Edition: Portugal against Egypt . Two different football and cultures claiming to be the best teams of the competition. It was the last match of the competition, and the stands got crowded to watch the exciting game coming up. We could listen to the anthems of the countries before the beginning, and there was a great atmosphere among all the supporters, making this event an amazing party for all people.
Football here is secondary, the most important was the communion existing among all players and all people, and that is the victory of all of us. But we enjoyed an intense and truly football match. Egypt started strong and lead the score first. Portugal though, stayed focused and playing as a team like they were doing during the whole competition. Both teams showed a great image, but eventually Egypt kept the advantage in the score and raised the cup as champions of the Katowice Internationals World Cup 2020.
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