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Scotland win Homeless World Cup
Captain Paul Smith hoists the Homeless World Cup
Scottish captain Paul Smith lifted the Homeless World Cup
Scotland have won the Homeless World Cup with a 9-3 victory over Poland.

The final of this year's competition took place at a temporary stadium in the main square of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Scottish captain Paul Smith said he was thrilled with the result and described the skill level as "exceptional".

The event, which was first held in 2003, brings together teams from around the globe. About 500 players from 48 countries took part this year.

The event aims to help people recover from homelessness by generating self-confidence, a feeling of belonging and enhanced self-esteem.

Scottish coach David Duke said: "After changing my own life through football and the Homeless World Cup it is just great that I can help others do the same. To take Scotland to victory is just superb."

Scotland players celebrate

A Scottish Executive spokeswoman said it was "fantastic" to see Scotland crowned as world champions.

"It is a great achievement that Scotland has won the Homeless World Cup and we congratulate the team on their victory," she said.

"The Homeless World Cup is an excellent event both in sporting terms and in terms of generating self-confidence, a feeling of belonging and enhanced self-esteem among homeless young people.

"That's why the Scottish government was delighted to be able to award the team 10,000 to enable them to take part in the competition."


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