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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Tackling Skills - HWC Opening ceremony
Fans enjoy the opening ceremony
The Homeless World Cup kicked off in Edinburgh on 18 July - and you'll be able to catch all the latest action from the tournament right here.

Four graduates from the BBC Tackling Skills project will be reporting on all the games throughout the week-long tournament, which will see 32 countries and over 250 people taking part.

Here's a selection of the reports from the opening ceremony in the Scottish capital.

By Aaron Wall

Current champions Italy carried the Homeless World Cup at the opening ceremony. The atmosphere was electrifying and the crowds on the way were extremely supportive of the all twenty seven teams taking part.

All the players were in a party mood, with the England team dancing to Is this the way to Amarillo and singing their national anthem as they paraded through they city.

The teams arrived at Princes Gardens, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and were treated to a rousing performance by band El Presidente.

The teams then gathered on the pitch where founder Mel Young addressed the crowd and introduced the teams to a watching crowd which must have been in the region of 1,000.

By Sean McCann

After setting off from St Giles' church and heading down the famous Edinburgh mound, the England team were singing and chanting, creating an electric atmosphere for all around them.

You couldn't help but feel confident about everything, not just the football. It gave you such a feeling of unity, as the crowd you felt part of the team, a worldwide team against poverty.

As we walked into the purpose built stadium all of the teams were dancing, shaking hands and wishing each other good luck.

Founder of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young said:" Football is about everyone, its for everyone and we are proving that with this tournament."

Young then got all the teams to cheer for the five African teams refused entry to the UK by the British Government.

By James Clarke

The setting was marvellous as twenty seven teams had their coloured flags and glistening smiles ready to march on behalf of their countries.

As each player started to think about the job ahead, individual countries took this opportunity to make their voices against poverty heard at maximum volume.

No more training for the 27 countries who have made the journey to the streets of Edinburgh yet passionate football definitely lies ahead.

There have been 5,000 people involved in trails for this tournament with only eight people selected per country.

Each team raised their flags high with team names carried on billboards. However, you couldn't help but notice the absence of the five African nations barred entry by the UK government.

But representatives from those teams present, chanted for the missing countries constantly. Even a representative of the UN was spotted in the crowd with his young family cheering the teams on.

His role at the HWC is to develop sport, but going on today's opening ceremony, it was made clear big steps have already been taken.

By Adam Hassan

After a series of preliminary rounds, the Homeless World Cup 2005 kicked off with an amazing opening ceremony here in Scotland.

Twenty seven countries from around the world took to the streets of Edinburgh, each with their own distinctive theme of chanting but equal in every other way.

Starting at the famous Royal Mile, all the teams lined up and began their journey to bring the world cup home.

The occasion was colourful and bright, with flags proudly waved with a firm embracement of passion, passers by stood to watch and people in their cars beeped their horns.

The march finally came to an end at the Princes Street Garden Stadium where all the matches will now be held.

All the teams gathered on the pitch to be addressed by the founder of the tournament, Mel Young who wished everyone good luck.

After this, the band El Presidente performed a few numbers to a live and vibrant crowd. Every person represented a unity of nations and equality.

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