Homeless World Cup 2011
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1st Game: Cambodia vs Belgium
2nd Game: Cambodia vs Sweden
3rd Game: Cambodia vs South Africa
4th game: Cambodia vs Austria
5th Game: Cambodia vs Brazil
6th Game: Cambodia vs Ghana
7th Game: Cambodia vs Palestine
8th Game: Cambodia vs Norway
9th Game: Cambodia vs Germany
10th Game: Cambodia vs Argentina
11th Game: Cambodia vs Sweden
12th Game Cambodia vs Canada
Cambodian Team wins the hearts and minds of Homeless World Cup fans
Team Cambodia took part in the 9th Homeless World Cup in Paris. The
players had an amazing time in one of the most beautiful cities in the
world. The team gave their all on the pitch, winning three games against
Sweden, Canada and Japan. At times we struggled against some of the
European and South American teams whose superior skills and greater
physical size made it difficult to compete but the players gave their
all in every game and you cant ask for more than that.
Off the pitch the fans loved the team because they tried so hard, despite being the youngest group there and having the smallest player in the event, the only and only Sreng Hem. Sreng ended up being our best player. In the first few games he was starting on the bench but the end of the tournament he was the first name on coaches Jimmy Campbell's team sheet.
Cambodia finished 45th out of 48 teams. Thanks to all our sponsors in particular the Homeless World Cup, Smart Mobile, Banzai Cambodia, Collingwood Rotary Club, Paddy Rice Irish Sports Bar and all our staff, volunteers and supporters.
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The 2012 Homeless World Cup is in Mexico City and we look forward to giving another 8 young men an opportunity for a life changing experience with your continued support. Viva la Football!
Cambodian Team meet Cambodian Ambassador to France
After another hard day on the football pitches of the Homeless World Cup we were heading to the Eiffel Tower and our guide Aiden suggested we try to find the Cambodian embassy as he thought it was close to the Homeless World Cup venue. We found a building close to the Eiffel Tower with a Cambodian flag hanging outside and an older gentleman reading the newspaper. We asked if it was the Cambodian embassy and if so could we meet the ambassador. He informed us that he was the Ambassador and this was his private home, not the Embassy! Fortunately Ambassador Uch Kiman had a sense of humour and very kindly invited us into his house which was very impressive by the way and 200 metres from the Eiffel Tower. The Ambassador provided us with drinks and snacks and introduced us to some family members. The players were very happy to meet the Ambassador and his warm welcome was one of the highlights of our time in Paris.
Thank you Ambassador Uch Kiman !
Cambodian Homeless Team Treated To A Feast At The King's Favourite Restaurant In Paris
There are many Cambodians in France due to the close relationship between the two countries but finding them in a city of 8 million people is not easy so it was only on the last day that we had any Cambodian supporters and we struck gold as we met two of the nicest men, Cambodian or otherwise, that I had the pleasure of meeting...anytime...anywhere, any country, time or place: Restauranteur Veng and businessman Boun Long have lived in Paris since the 1970's and they treated the players and staff like long lost family. Veng generously treated the Cambodian Team to a beautiful meal his very own La Moussoun restaurant which is a mere 5 or 6 blocks from the Eiffel Tower. In between courses of great Khmer food we listened to Boun's tales of life as a Cambodian in France and was impressed with how humble he and Veng were despite the fact that both of them had done very well in their adopted home of France.
Boun and Veng - Thank you very much for your generousity and we hope to see you one day again in Paris.
Cambodia team leave for Paris
As I am typing this, the Cambodian Team is on their way to Paris for the 9th Homeless World Cup. Eight players are boarding a plane for the first time, on their first trip outside Cambodia and we believe they will wear the Cambodian jersey with pride and show the world what Cambodian footballers can achieve. We may not win the event but we are confident we can cause some shocks
Thanks to everyone who helped us reach the Homeless World Cup for the
fourth consecutive year. We are particularly grateful to the Homeless
World Cup, Smart Mobile, Paddy Rice Irish Sports Bar, Banzai Cambodia
and Collingwood Rotary Club for their financial support. Thanks to all
our Cambodian partners for the great work they do with all the players
that attend our program. Cambodian Children's Fund, The Happy School,
Centre for Children's Happiness, Riverkids Project and Cambodian Kids
Foundation are amazing organisations and we are proud to be associated
Finally thanks to all our staff in Cambodia and volunteers in Australia and around the world for your great efforts. Jimmy Campbell and Vibol Chao have done some great work with the lads over the last six months preparing them for Paris and HFCA are very fortunate to have them as part of our staff.
To watch 3 minute highlights in six possible languages of every Cambodian game with 3 hours of the game finishing you need to join our facebook page.
Meet the Cambodian Players going to Paris for the 2011 Homeless World Cup in August
Eight young Cambodian men are going on the trip of a lifetime to the 9th annual Homeless World Cup. One of the stars is Sreng Hem. Check him out
Year born: 1994
Year joined HFCA: 2008
Partner Organisation: Centre for Children's Happiness (CCH)
Family Background: Sreng has no parents. His parents have passed away since he was four years old. He lives with his aunt but his aunt doesn’t have ability to take care of him so she sent him to CCH since 2006.
Individual Background: Sreng is studying in grade 9 and covered by CCH. Besides studying, he helps the centre’s work and plays football. He said as possible, he wants to be a professional player.First Name: Brospich
To meet the rest of the Cambodian team click here
Homeless World Cup Web TV Project launched today: Watch Every Game. Every Kick. Every Goal.
The 9th edition of the Homeless World Cup football tournament will
take place in Paris this summer and for the first time every game at the
tournament will be available to an international audience in a robust
video on demand service.
Nearly 400 fast paced matches featuring 64 national teams will be filmed and available to view on www.homelessworldcup.org as the tournament takes place in the heart of the French capital, including every game from the newly expanded Women’s Homeless World Cup.Working in collaboration with Loft Digital, Workcast UK, Squareye and Limelight, the Homeless World Cup will bring all the grit, glory and goals of the Paris tournament in daily highlight packages available online only a few hours after the final whistle. The free-to-view footage will be feature commentary in more than 6 different languages, catering for the tournaments’ global audience.
The Homeless World Cup operates through a network of over 70 national
partners to support grass roots football programmes and social
enterprise development. It works closely with Local Organizing
Committees in host cities to run a world-class, annual, international
football tournament, uniting teams of homeless people from around the
The first Homeless World Cup annual football tournament took place in Graz in 2003 and welcomed 18 nations. Now it’s grown to include 64 teams from 53 countries -including 16 women’s teams, for the ninth edition that will take place between the 21st and the 28th of August at Champ de Mars, Paris, France.
Over 70% of players change their lives for the better: they build their self-esteem; come off drugs and alcohol; move into homes, jobs, education, training; repair relationships; become social entrepreneurs, coaches and players with pro or semi-pro football teams. The Homeless World Cup project involves over 50,000 homeless people throughout the year.
Partners & supporters of the Homeless World Cup include UEFA, United Nations, Fundacion Telmex, Nike, Eric Cantona, Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand. Arsene Wenger, General Manager of Arsenal Football Club is the president of the Local Organizing Committee. Emmanuel Petit and Lilian Thuram, former professional football players are its active ambassadors.
The Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup takes place at the Champs de Mars, Paris, France from 21-28 August 2011.
For more information and to follow the latest developments about the Homeless World Cup Web TV Project please visit our website www.homelessworldcup.org and follow us in facebook and twitter.
HFCA visit Angkor Wat
As part of our preparations for the Homeless World Cup in Paris in August this year myself, Head Coach Jimmy Campbell, Country Manager Vibol Chao and 12 players went to Siem Reap (town beside the famous temples) for three nights. During the six hour journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap we went through the heart of Cambodia, passing through small villages and never ending rice fields....
Check out the full report here
Paris Homeless World Cup 2011 Squad announced
our trip to the Seam Reap Coach Jimmy Campbell selected 8 players who
all going well on the fundraising front go to the 9th Homeless World Cup
in Paris. The event which is being held beside the Eiffel Tower runs
from the 21st to 28th of August and is Cambodia’s fourth time to take
The eight players come from our five partners and are Kim Vanda (Cambodian Kids Foundation), Rin Rouen (Cambodian Kids Foundation), Hem Sreng (Centre for Children's Happiness), Hem Neat (Cambodian Children's Fund), Noun Oudom (Riverkids), Chan Brospick (The Happy School), Yan Pheara (Riverkids), Nhel Chandoeurn (Cambodian Kids Foundation). Read all about the players in our July newletter.
Homeless World Cup trails at Angkor Wat
On Sunday the 17th of April HFCA had trials for all eligible players. The players gave their all to try and impress coach Jimmy Campbell and he had difficult choices to make but finally came up the lucky 12 who will now travel to Seam Reap for three days of further trails and games against local teams to see who will make the cut for the trip of a lifetime to Paris!
The 12 players who were chosen come from our five partner organisation which are Cambodian Kids Foundation, Centre for Children's Happiness, Riverkids Project, Cambodian Children's Fund and the Happy School. The 12 players many of whom will get to see the world famous Angkor Wat for the first time are Yorn Yut, Ghel Chandouen, Kim Vanda, Rin Roeun, Keo Chantha, Hem Sreng, Khun Chan Kanha, Noun Adorm, Yan Pheara, Por Sohak, Hem Neat and Chan Brospich
Smart Mobile join Team Cambodia for the 2011 Homeless World Cup
HFCA are delighted to announce that Smart Mobile have taken our Bronze sponsorship package for the Cambodian Team going to Paris in August for the Homeless World Cup. Smart Mobile are Cambodia's leading provider of mobile phone services and are committed to supporting local NGO's like HFCA.
Smart Mobile's Thomas Hundt said " we are very happy to contribute and to be involved with this project that helps people in the community that are disadvantaged"
Champs de Mars, Paris, France is the stage for the 9th Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup from 21-28 August 2011. 64 national homeless teams united for a world-class, international football tournament to beat homelessness. Watch. Unite. Celebrate. Are you in?
For all the news:
Homeless World Cup News Archive
The Cambodia Daily 14/09/09
The Phnom Post 8/09/09
The Phnom Post (2) 8/09/09
Ramsei Kampuchea News 6-7/09/09
The Cambodia Daily 5-6/09/09
Radio Free Asia 5/09/09
The Phnom Phen Post 05/08/09
The Cambodian Weekly 22-28/02/09
Reasmey Kampuchea 18/02/09
Reasmey Kampuchea 18/02/09