Scotland welcomes the world's filthiest soccer players
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 01:28
Players and teams in Scotland look to bog themselves down as they vie for the ultimate in soccer success - the Swamp Soccer World Cup. Elly Park reports.
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There is much talk about the difficult playing conditions in Brazil, but it's a walk in the park compared to what these guys are up against.
Blairmore in Scotland is host to the filthiest tournament you are ever likely to see; the Swamp Soccer World Cup.
The players require real guts, coordination, determination and a very good washing powder, but compared to a normal game of soccer, here it's the pitch that's the star -- that takes about a day to prepare.
And for the players there is only one thing to bare in mind.
SOUNBDITE:Team Captain, Douglas Bowman, saying (English)
"No skill involved whatsoever, it doesn't matter how you play on grass, when you get onto that mud it's completely different - it's just every man, woman for yourself and just go for it."
The sport is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon.
Said to have originated in the swamps of Finland, where athletes reportedly found it to be an excellent means of training for cross country skiing, swamp soccer tournaments are now held across the globe in countries including Brazil, The Netherands, China and, later this year, India.
This tournament ended with the victory of "Team AKA" from Scotland who played the dirtiest of all.
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