Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scotland's team at the 2011 Cerebral Palsy World Cup are doing the nation proud.

The Scottish team finished second in Group B, after a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Canada in their final group game.

The win came on the back of a 10-0 trashing of Finland two days earlier, as the team bounced back from an opening 5-0 loss to Ukraine in some style.

Here's some highlights of the game in the CPISRA Daily new broadcast from the tournament where it was picked as the 'Match of the Day':

The 2011 CPISRA World Championships are being held from June 17th to July 1st in the Netherlands and they act as the qualifiers for next year's Paralympics in London. With England already crashing out, it looks like Scotland should be at the Paralympics in 2012.

CP football was founded in 1978 and has been part of the Paralympics since 1984, with the World Cup being held every four years. The 2007 finals were held in Brazil, with Russia beating Iran 2-1 in the final and Scotland coming a very respectable 6th.

Matches are 7-a-side, with two thirty minute halves and those competing are affected by non-progressive brain damage such as cerebral palsy, severe head trauma and strokes. There are four different classifications of disability within the criteria and there are restrictions and rules on how many players from each criteria can be on the pitch at any given time.

The Scots now face Brazil in the quarter finals and that in itself will be a daunting task.

The Brazilians drew their first match 2-2 against the host Holland, but then came roaring back with two 10-0 thumpings of Australia and Spain.

You can follow all of the Scotland team's fortunes on the official tournament website.

Good luck to the guys on Saturday. Bring home the World Cup for Scotland.


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