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The teams in Gothia Special Olympics Trophy spent their last evening in Gothenburg together. They met in Prioritet Serneke Arena for some beach volleyball and company.
SC Nagaland scored the equalizer in the last second of the game against Åhus and could celebrate their first point in the tournament. But for the girls in the team from India, which all come from poor and tough conditions, the trip to Gothenburg itself feels like a victory.
”This is a life time experience and I’m very happy to be here”, says Meren who scored the goal that meant 2-2.
During Gothia Cup a lot of enthusiasts are doing a fantastic job in the background. Two of those are Sukanya and Manida, Thai expats living in Sweden who support the team Thai Spirit FC in any way they can. “The support we get from the people here are fantastic”, says Guy, one of the players in Thai Spirit FC.
The group stage is almost over and in some classes the playoffs already have started. A lot is at stake, both for the teams trying to reach a top position in their group and for the teams that now begin their playoff games.
With 32 Swedish teams with boys born in 2004, the SEF Trophy is a tournament to develop young talent into future professional players. A way forward for Swedish elite football.
Sweden and Norway have a historical rivalry. Maybe most associated with winter sports where both countries have been very successful. But today the opportunity to get the bragging rights over their neighbours were abundant at Inlag in Kungsbacka, where around 30 games between Swedish and Norwegian sides took place.
Heden got a celebrity visit on Wednesday by Elin Rubensson and Julia Roddar from the Swedish national team. The two players was challenged in different ways and met fans for autographs and pictures.
A story about making new friends and exciting new experiences. The South African team The Kusasa Stars are followed by a film crew making a documentary of the journey from Franschhoek in South Africa.
German Andreas Kolland has, since his 1997 Gothia Cup debut, been here with at least one team every year. In total he has, with his KFV Segeberg, participated with just under 200 teams and won the tournament no less than six times.
– I am very proud, he says.
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