Other teams included Kurdistan and FC Umubano. The Kurdistan team consisted of team members from the Komala Party and was supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, a Dutch political party that has internationalism and diversity high in its political program.
The big surprise of the tournament, however, was Chameria. Chameria is an area in northwestern Greece that is historically inhabited by the Cham population. They were expelled during World War II and now live mostly in southern Albania. The coach of the Chameria team, Festim Lato, is very proud that Chameria can join the world cup for unrepresented nations. It’s their first time. Their team usually plays in Albania and they have come to win. They therefore excel in sportsmanship behavior and great ambition. A significant number of traditionally dressed supporters followed the team from Albania and cheer at every goal the Chamerian team make.
The final is played between Chameria and Umubano. Shaqir Haruni, a Chameria player: “Our opponent was physically very strong, yet we won. I’m exhausted, but also very happy that we have won the cup! “
Immediately after the victory, Chameria is sure to join the UNPO Cup next year and proclaims that their team will be even stronger.
(The above article is a translation of a news item which appeared in The Hague media)
The event was widely covered in the media. Some links are below: