Darfur United’s team training for a match in the Ostersund Arena. This was the first time that these guys, coming from several refugee camps in Darfur, could play on a grass field.
Ostersund, Jamtland, Sweden, view of the lake Storsjon. CONifa (confederation of independent football associations) selected 12
teams who gathered here to play the first edition of the independent world football cup, involving football team of non-officially
recognized regions from all over the world.
Nagorno Karabakh’s players watching the match from the bench. Nagorno Karabakh is a landlocked region in south caucasus.
Most of the region is governed by Nagorno Karabakh Republic, a de facto independent but unrecognized state. The territory is
internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
Former President of Occitania’s team Nicolas Desachy is seen in the changing room of the Arena during a match. Occitania is an
historical region located in the south west of France, also comprending Monaco and a small part of northern Italy and Spain. The
occitan language, dated back to the middle age, is one of the more ancient languages in Europe, and all the romance languages
descend from it.
Ellan Vannin is the football team representing the Isle of Man, situated between Scotland and Ireland. The isle is a self governering
British Crown Dependency but its not a political part of UK, nor Europe.
An Occitan player injuried during a match.
Aramean Suroye’s goalkeeper, Rimon Bagdo. The Arameans were a north west semitic people, originally from Mesopotamian
region, nowadays corresponding to the area between Tigris and Euphrates rivers (southern Turkey, eastern Syria and a part of
Irak). They never had an unified nations.
Ostersund Arena, view from the media area in the late afternoon. Summertime in the north of Sweden is a 24 hours daylight.
Winning team of Countea di Nissa celebrating their victory. The region, located in the south of France, comprends the area
surrounding the city of Nice, once being a county of the Republic of Genova, then part of the Savoy duchy, finally assigned to
France after the proclamation of the italian unity.
South Ossetia’s players seen during a match. South Ossetia is a disputed region and a partially recognized state in the south caucasus.
It declared independence from Georgia in 1990. The georgian government responded by abolishing the Republic provoking the
south ossetian war in 1991.
Darfur United’s team training for a match in the Ostersund Arena.
Occitania captain, Vivian Dors.
Ellan Vannin former President, Malcolm Blackburn. Ellan Vannin is the football team representing the Isle of Man, situated between
Scotland and Ireland. The isle is a Self governering British Crown Dependency but its not a political part of UK, nor Europe.
Tamil Eelam players during the opening ceremony. Tamil Eelam is a proposed independent State situated in the north east of Sri
Lanka. The part of northern and eastern Sri Lanka were formally under the control of the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and run as
a de facto State for most of the 2000’s.
Rotislav Soldatenko, South Ossetia’s goalkeeper. South Ossetia is a disputed region and a partially recognized state in the south
caucasus. It declared independence from Georgia in 1990. The georgian government responded by abolishing the Republic
provoking the south ossetian war in 1991.
Manx Cat, mascotte of the Ellan Vannin team. Ellan Vallin is the football team representing the Isle of Man, situated between
Scotland and Ireland. The isle is a self governering British Crown Dependency but its not a political part of UK, nor Europe. The
manx cat born in the isle of Man with a naturally occurring mutation, that shortens their tail.
Former president of Darfur United during a visit to the village of Brake, a sudanese community 60 km far from Ostersund.
The village invited Darfur United team to celebrate together with music and sudanese food.
Ellan Vannin players interviewed by a local tv.
Players celebrating at the lake.
Didier Amiel, trainer of the Occitan Team, gives free classes of Occitan language to the football players at the Hotel.
Ellan Vannin team celebrating together with a Darfur United player. The two teams made a twinship during the tournament.
Headquarter of CONifa in Ostersund.
A player of Countea di Nissa celebrating the final victory
Former president of the Occitan Team Nicolas Desachy taking a picture of the Team while wearing the traditional occitan hat.
Ellan Vannin players celebrating a score.
Occitan trainer together with the Abkhazian team. Abkhazia is a disputed territory located on the eastarn coast of the black sea.
Abkhazia, with South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh and Transistria are post soviet “frozen conflict zones”.
A player of South Ossetian team.
.A swedish landscape in the Scandic hotel, in Ostersund.
Players taking a selfie in the bus while going back to the hotel.
South Ossetian players enjoying the swedish night life.
Former president of the Aramean Suroye during the opening ceremony in Ostersund.
Players relaxing at the hotel after a match.
Padania Football team having breakfast at the hotel. The term Padania is the alternative name for the “Po Valley”, a major plan in
the nord of Italy. The first use of the concept in socio-economics term dates from 1975, when the communist president of Emilia
Romagna Guido Fanti proposed a Union composed of Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria.
Swedish guys celebrate the national graduating day. Every year in june all the students gather in front of the city hall celebrating the
end of the school, wearing the tradional dress.
Players of the Isle of Man team celebrating the second place. The flag represents the three leg icon called Iskelion. Local residents of
the isle of Man explain that the legs in the flag turn anti-clockwise so that they don’t kneel to the British.
A player celebrating a victory at the lake.
Ismail Abdraman Ibrahim, player of the Darfur United.
Players celebrating a victory on the rooftop of the hotel.
Presidents are seen in a restaurant in Ostersund.
Kurdish players dancing in Ostersund. Contemporary use of the word Kurdistan refers to large part of eastern Turkey, northern Irak,
north western Iran and north eastern Syria, inhabited mainly by kurds.
I kick, therefore I am.