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IFA Intercultural World United Football Team Win Prestigious Corrymeela FC 20th Anniversary Blanchflower International Tournament in Belfast.

The Irish Football Association’s Intercultural World United Football Team out shone established teams from Germany, Scotland and Northern Ireland to win the prestigious Corrymeela FC 20th Anniversary Blanchflower International Tournament in Belfast at the Danny Blanchflower Stadium in East Belfast at the weekend.

Averaging over 3 goals per game, World United, who boasted a wealth of talented Players from Northern Ireland,Portugal, Zimbabwe, France, Ivory Coast and Poland, played scintillating football to entertain the Spectators in the glorious sunshine in both the group stages on Saturday and the final stages on Sunday.
World United completed the tournament winning all 5 games they played including two highly entertaining 4-3 victories in the group stages against German side FC Gries and the talented West Belfast outfit St Theresa’s Football Club. It was the hosts who suffered most at the skillful feet of World United’s Players on the final day as they comprehensively defeated Corrymeela’s 2nd Eleven 5 goals to 1 in the Semi Final and then overcame Corrymeela’s first Eleven 3 goals to one in a close run Final with live wire Striker Johnny Small scoring 2 goals and target man Andy Rea scoring a spectacular free kick with a left foot drive into the top corner.
IFA Head of Community Relations, Michael Boyd, who was Caretaker Manager for World United praised Corrymeela for organising a superb tournament:

“Corrymeela Football Club has a clear commitment to the promotion of positive Community Relations through football and it was an honour for our World United football team to take part in this prestigious football tournament which celebrates the 20th Anniversary of this great club who value friendship, respect and diversity as central to their club ethos. Our World United team shares this ethos with Corrymeela supporting both cross community and intercultural development, with local Players from Northern Ireland playing alongside Players from a diverse wealth of Nationalities, all united in friendship and respect through football”.