Special Olympics teams from Costa Rica, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden and Russia topped their division at the world’s largest football tournament this year.
24 Special Olympics teams from 12 countries traveled to Gothenburg Sweden from as far as Costa Rica to Uzbekistan to compete in the Kim Källström Trophy
which took place from July 14 – 20. The teams competed in six different divisions
according to their ability levels. The World Youth Cup
For the third time the Kim Källström Trophy has formed part of The Gothia Cup
, allowing Special Olympics athletes to be included in the world’s largest youth football tournament held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden, open for both boys and girls of ages 11 to 19 years.
The Swedish national team player and Russian top club Spartak Moscow player, Kim Kallstrom, took the initiative himself to provide young people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to be part of the Gothia Cup by including the Special Olympics category.
The Gothia Cup represents the largest football tournament in 2013 with a total of 37.000 players from 75 nations taking part in more than 4.000 games played across six days from 14 till 20 July.