2010 IBSA World Blind Football Championship

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2010 IBSA World Blind Football Championship
Tournament details
Host country United Kingdom
Dates 14 August – 22 August
Teams 10
Venue(s) Hereford (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil
Runners-up  Spain
Third place  China PR
Fourth place  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 27

The 2010 IBSA World Blind Football Championship is a blind football tournament and the fifth World Blind Football Championship. The competition was staged in the United Kingdom between 14 August and 22 August 2010, and involved ten teams of visually impaired players from around the world competing to be crowned world champion. It was won for the third time by Brazil, who defeated their fellow finalists, Spain, 2-0 to take the title.

The tournament[edit]

The championships, which took place at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, was the first to have been held in the United Kingdom. The draw for the 2010 World Blind Football Championship was held on Monday 12 April 2010 at Wembley Stadium in London and overseen by Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association's Director of Football Development, and George Cohen, who was part of England's winning team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup.[1]

The tournament got under way on the afternoon of Saturday 14 August with the opening match between England and Spain.[2] Brazil won the tournament after beating Spain 2-0 in the final on 22 August.[3] It was the third occasion on which Brazil have won the competition, and their team's striker, Jefferson Goncalves, was named Player of the tournament for what was described by the Hereford Times as an outstanding performance.[4] Host nation England achieved their best result to date, coming fourth overall,[4] but missing out on a medal after losing 5-1 to Brazil in the semi-final,[5] then to China in the third place play off.[6] Feng Ya Wang of China was named Young player of the tournament, while Antonio Martin of Spain won the Golden Boot. Martin's Spanish team-mate, Alfredo Gonzalez, was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Japan was presented with the Fair Play trophy by Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Anna Toon.[4]

Results[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

England 0 - 1 Spain 14 August[7]
Colombia 0 - 0 Japan 15 August[7]
Spain 2 - 0 Colombia 16 August
England 2 - 1 South Korea 16 August[8]
Spain 1 - 0 South Korea 17 August
England 2 - 0 Japan 17 August[9]
Spain 2 - 0 Japan 18 August[10]
Colombia 3 - 1 South Korea 18 August
Japan 0 - 0 South Korea 19 August
England 1 - 0 Colombia 19 August

Group B[edit]

Argentina 0 - 1 France 15 August[7]
Brazil 2 - 0 China 15 August[11]
France 0 - 1 Brazil 16 August
Argentina 3 - 0 Greece 16 August
France 2 - 0 Greece 17 August
Argentina 0 - 1 China 17 August
France 1 - 1 China 18 August
Brazil 3 - 0 Greece 18 August
China 4 - 1 Greece 19 August
Argentina 0 - 0 Brazil 19 August

Knockout stage[edit]

9th place play-off
South Korea 0 - 1 Greece 21 August aet (0 - 1 at full-time)
Semi-finals
Semi-final 1
Spain 1 - 0 China 21 August; aet (1 - 0 at full-time)
Semi-final 2
Brazil 5 - 1 England 21 August[5][12] aet (5 - 1 at full-time)
7th place play-off
Japan 0 - 1 Argentina 21 August aet (0 - 1 at full-time)
5th place play-off
Colombia 0 - 0 France 21 August aet (0 - 0 at full-time) ; / France win 1 - 2 on penalties
3rd place play-off
China 1 - 0 England 22 August[6] aet (1 - 0 at full-time)
Final
Spain 0 - 2 Brazil 22 August[6] aet (0 - 2 at full-time)

Positions[edit]

  1. Brazil
  2. Spain
  3. China
  4. England
  5. France
  6. Columbia
  7. Argentina
  8. Japan
  9. Greece
  10. South Korea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "After the World Cup, the World Blind Football Championship". Independent on Sunday (London: Independent News Ltd). 18 April 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kick off for blind football event in Hereford". BBC News (BBC). 14 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Morgan, Ian (22 August 2010). "Brazil beat Spain 2-0 to win Hereford's IBSA World Blind Football Championship 2010". Hereford Times (Newsquest Media Ltd). Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Morgan, Ian (24 August 2010). "Brazil striker Jefferson Goncalves wins top award at Hereford’s IBSA World Blind Football Championship". Hereford Times (Newsquest Media Ltd). Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "England lose to Brazil in blind football semi-final". BBC Sport (BBC). 21 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "England blind team finish fourth in world championship". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Morgan, Ian (16 August 2010). "England face South Korea at Hereford's IBSA World Blind Championship". Hereford Times (Newsquest Media Ltd). Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "England beat South Korea in Hereford's IBSA World Blind Football Championship". Hereford Times (Newsquest Media Ltd). 17 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Morgan, Ian (18 August 2010). "England win 2-0 against Japan at Hereford's IBSA World Blind Football Championship". Hereford Times (Newsquest Media Ltd). Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "England face Brazil at World Blind Football". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Morgan, Ian (16 August 2010). "Silva helps Brazil to first win in IBSA World Blind Football Championship in Hereford". Hereford Times (Newsquest Media Ltd). Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Brazil beat England in blind football semis". The Independent (London: Independent Newspapers Ltd). 22 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

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