30 Teams; 13 Nations; 1 Week
2013 Group 1 Winners of the Kim Kallstrom Trophy Costa Rica with Kim Kallstrom
July 18, 2014
The finals of the Kim Källström Trophy for Special Olympics have taken place bringing the fourth Kim Källström Trophy to a close for another year.
2014 Winners of Group 5 division - SO Latvia 2
Great Football Action
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN: The fourth ‘Kim Källström Trophy’ for Special Olympics which kicked off in Gothenburg on July 13th has come to a close for another year. It was a week of great football action and close games. The Special Olympics European 7-a-side football tournament is officially part of The Gothia Cup, the World Youth Cup and it ran until July 17th.
The Kim Källström Trophy gives Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to be included in the world’s largest youth football tournament which is held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Kim Källström Trophy is the brainchild of top Swedish national player and Spartak Moscow midfielder Kim Källström and is possible through the generous co-operation of the Gothia Cup, Special Olympics Sweden and Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
In every group there is a final and a bronze game. In Group 1 the Special Olympics Russia men's team from St. Petersburg faced Special Olympics Denmark and won 2-0. Kim Källström proactively took the initiative to provide an opportunity for young people with an intellectual disability to be part of the Gothia Cup, The World Youth Cup, by including a Special Olympics category.
2014 results are as follows:
Group 1: SO Russia 1
Group 2: SO Denmark 2
Group 3: Fässbergs IF
Group 4: SO Netherlands
Group 5: SO Latvia 2
Group 6: Rånäs 4H
For full match results visit here.
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Swedish player from Ranas 4H team, which won 1st in their Group 6 division. Female soccer was a significant focus for this year's Kim Kallstrom Trophy for a second year
30 Teams; 13 Nations; 1 Week
2014 has been the biggest year yet of the Kim Källström Trophy with 30 male and female Special Olympics teams competing from 13 countries: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Iceland, Latvia, Belgium, France, Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland and Costa Rica - last year's Group 1 winners. 2014 was the second year that female teams competed.
Kim Källström often speaks of his grandmother as the source for his inspiration and vision: “She worked with children and youths with intellectual disabilities for a long time. My wish is that as many people as possible will get the opportunity to be part of the fellowship and joy that football creates”, he said. “Taking part in the world’s largest football tournament, The Gothia Cup, will be a memory for life for the athletes of Special Olympics and it will increase respect and understanding of people with intellectual disabilities.” - Kim Källström.
Watch 2013 highlights here:
Players from Special Olympics Belgium in action
Strong Message of Inclusion
Mary Davis, Regional President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia: “As the world’s largest sports organisation dedicated to transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sport Special Olympics is proud to be centrally involved in the Gothia Cup and the Kim Källström Trophy. We are truly grateful to Kim Källström for his drive and vision which makes the Kim Källström Trophy so transformative and powerful. The message of inclusion and opportunity that this Tournament brings is hugely important for people with and without an intellectual disability. With a record 30 Special Olympics teams from all over Europe Eurasia competing for the Kim Källström Trophy this year, we not only saw great soccer action on the pitch but off it it was a week of endless fun and countless new friendships too,” concluded Mary Davis, Regional President Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
Players from Special Olympics Finland in action
40 Years of The Gothia Cup
This year was the 40th anniversary of The Gothia Cup. Since it began The World Youth Cup has welcomed teams from more than 140 nations and over 1 million young football players between the ages of 11 and 19 years have taken part making it not only the biggest but also the most international youth tournament in the world.
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