Such a whirlwind tournament that it was the 2nd annual Veterans World Cup, and, after many games, goals, rains, mudpuddles, penalties-shootouts, and even coin tosses, this year's World Cup championship go to, would you believe it, an Over-45 team ==> THAIcrew-45 !!!
At their advancing age, they played the tournament strategically and according to the rules, took advantage of them any way they can, and found themselves against last year's Runners-up, Scandinavian Vikings, in the Grand Final.
In total darkness, without even a kickoff whistle, THAIcrew-45 won the championship on an Anders missed penalty over the Vikings (had to mention that :). Then, again Anders did not disappoint in another level, and still carried home the Golden Boot for the 2nd year in-a-row.
As always, we brought back a few lessons home, and will look into improving the annual event in 2010. There is already a suggestion to do it right before the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Great idea (thanks Anders :)
Thanks to everyone who took part in it, for your patience and for sticking with what we call our "Vets Spirit".
It was a great day of football, and many memories to carry forward.
I can hear the grumblings over updating the website, so I'll just put up the photos first, and will plan on inking a full-blown write-up at a later time --- within this decade :)
In order of registration, the nations in this years Veterans World Cup were:
And, when the dust settled (or, when the ponds dried up), the following was the final standings (that I was able to record )
(5th) England Sunbelt
(17th) Japan Manow
(6th) Thailand Siam
(10th) Thailand Navy
(3rd) Thailand Cooks
(20th) Thailand Ying.
Picture 1 — The customary beginning-of-the-day Captains Briefing photo with all the Team Captains to start the proceedings
Picture 2 — Japan Manow Ladies.
Picture 3 — Japan Manow Ladies with Eralp the Organizer.
Picture 4 — England Sunbelt, in their traditional white shirts, still in search of the elusive World Cup trophy.
Picture 5 — Germany.
Picture 6 — Thailand Cooks.
Picture 7 — Thailand Navy.
Picture 8 — African Union.
Picture 9 — Thailand Airways.
Picture 10 — THAIcrew-45
Picture 11 — Thailand Yingcharoen.
Picture 12 — Iran.
Picture 13 — Southern Hemisphere.
Picture 14 — Bruce "the Kiwi" from the Southern Hemisphere.
Picture 15 — Thailand Siam.
Picture 16 — Thailand Cooks appear as indomitable as ever, especially with the Formula-1 Trophy Girls on their side.
Picture 17 — A Thailand Cook.
Picture 18 — England Sunbelt.
Picture 19 — All the silverware (and more), raring to go!
Picture 20 — Well . . . . . some like it hot!
Picture 21 — Marcus from Germany.
Picture 22 — The crowd in anticipation for the trophy ceremony.
Picture 23 — Cheers to the Beautiful Game — to football.
Picture 24 — BadCup! to Thailand Yingcharoen's Captain, Sirichai
Picture 25 — Shield! (9th overall) to Germany's Captain, Matthias.
Picture 26 — Plate! (5th overall) to England Sunbelt's player, Adam.
Picture 27 — 4th place the France-45's Captain, Dominique.
Picture 28 — 3rd place to Thailand Cooks's Captain, Somboon.
Picture 29 — A well-deserved Vets Life Time Achievement award to Anatolian Turks's henchman, Beyhan.
Picture 30 — Scandinavian Vikings's Captain Anders cherishing his Vets World Cup Top Scorer trophy for the 2nd year in-a-row with Formula-1 Trophy Girls.
Picture 31 — Scandinavian Vikings picking up there 2nd place trophy, for the 2nd year in-a-row.
Picture 32 — Anders, once again in the limelight, this time with his team's and his own trophies.
Picture 33 — THAIcrew-45 jubilant in winning both the Over-35s and Over-45s World Cups.
Picture 34 — . . . . . and, hugs and kisses.
Picture 35 — . . . . . and, the speech.
Picture 36 — . . . . . and, more hugs and photos.
Picture 37 — . . . . . and, more photos.
Picture 38— . . . . . and, more photos.
Picture 39 — . . . . . and, more photos.
Picture 40 — . . . . . and, yet, even more photos.
Picture 41 — . . . . . and, finally, Scotland gets their hands on a World Cup trophy at last.
Feel free to e-mail to me if you would like to voice your take on the above summary, or would like to obtain the original resolution pictures.