Sick of World Cup hoopla? Think the whole thing has gotten too corporate, too greedy, too rigid, too authoritarian in its organization? Or just don’t have the cash to plop down for a flight to Rio?
Here’s an alternate suggestion: Check out few remaining games in the “Un-World Cup” formally known as the CONIFA World Football Cup.
As the BBC reports, the tournament, which is being held through June 8 in the central Swedish town of Ostersund, features teams from regions not recognized by world football’s governing body, FIFA.
This year’s competition features football luminaries representing off-the-beaten-track places like Abkhazia (a disputed region in the Caucasus nation of Georgia); Kurdistan (northern Iraq); and Darfur (the war-ravaged area of western Sudan). It also features a club called FA Sapmi, which claims to represent the Sami indigenous people whose historic territory spans Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. And don’t forget Padania FA, which comes from the Po Valley region of northern Italy, and parts of Croatia and Slovenia.
Check out the BBC report here.
(photo courtesy Darfur United Web site: http://darfurunited.com/du-2014/)