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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 May 2007, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
War versus peace in football game
By Sean Coughlan
BBC News education reporter

War and peace
War and peace are battling for the Tolstoy Cup
War and peace are playing against each other in a football match.

This isn't a cryptic reference to any forthcoming European cup games - or the friction at the end of the premiership season.

Peace Studies FC, with a team from a department at Bradford University is taking on War Studies FC, a department from King's College London.

This symbolic encounter, being played this week, is for a competition appropriately called the Tolstoy Cup.

The match will be decided on Sunday - in the second leg of a tie, with Peace Studies already ahead with a precious away goal lead, after beating War Studies 1-0 in the first leg in London.

War of two halves

"There was no love lost on the pitch in the first leg and there is only one goal in it, so we expect War to come right back at us for the return leg," said the player manager for the Peace team, PhD student Adam Baird.

There was no love lost on the pitch
Adam Baird, Peace Studies player manager

The Peace Studies team is fittingly international - drawing players from Japan, Angola, Germany and Brazil. It also includes a female player.

The Peace Studies department, founded in 1973, is claimed as the largest such academic centre for peace studies in the world, with 400 students from 40 countries.

The War Studies department at King's College is highly-rated for teaching and research, and students study aspects of war and conflict, international relations and politics.

War Studies captain and history of warfare MA student, Paul Ramsay, was philosophical about defeat at the hands of peace.

"Despite going into battle with less preparation than the women's auxiliary balloon corps the lads applied themselves and worked as a team against a well prepared Peace Studies side in a game we could have and should have won."

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