World Championships Set
The 2001 Amputee Soccer World Championships will
be held Nov. 5-11 this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
November 5 - 11
tournament is expected to be the showcase for the on-going Battle of the
Giants - Brazil v Russia.
These two teams are by far the dominant
forces in international amputee soccer in both goals scored in
championship play, and fewest goals allowed.
Since the current championship series began in 1998, Russia won
one World Championship (1998) while Brazil won the last two - each by a
single goal over Russia.
Both teams are focusing on the upcoming tournament, sharpening
their skills to a razor's edge.
Russia looks to avenge its harsh
one-goal losses at the hands of the Brazilians in the each of last two
Brazil is under intense pressure to defend
its honor on its own field, in a coutry where soccer is the
passion, in front of a national broadcast and cable TV audience.
Teams scheduled to play in this
year's world championships are Brazil, El Salvador, England, Russia, the
United States, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and, for the first time, Argentina.
Updates and team profiles will be posted as they become available.