Viva World Cup

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Viva World Cup
Founded2006
Abolished2012
Region International (NF-Board)
Last championsFlag of Kurdistan.svg  Iraqi Kurdistan (2012)
Most successful club(s)Flag of Padania.svg  Padania
(3 titles)
Website www.nf-board.org#!viva/cz1i

The VIVA World Cup was an international association football tournament organized by the New Federation Board, an umbrella association for teams unaffiliated with FIFA, held five times between 2006 and 2012. It is succeeded by the newly organized ConIFA World Football Cup, which was first held in 2014. [1]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

2014 ConIFA World Football Cup

The 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup was the first edition of the ConIFA World Football Cup, an international football tournament for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA organised by ConIFA and a successor of Viva World Cup, last held in 2012. The tournament was hosted by FA Sápmi in the Sápmi region, with all games held in the city of Östersund in Sweden.

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History

Early years

The oldest precedent of the VIVA World Cup was the Alternative Worldwide Cup of 1988, developed in Jordan.

Inauguration

In April 2005, the NF-Board announced that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had been chosen to host the inaugural VIVA World Cup, having successfully hosted the KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup, a tournament to celebrate 50 years of the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation, featuring fellow NF-Board member Sápmi and FIFA-unaffiliated Kosovo. The NF-Board hoped that sixteen teams would take part, drawn from across its membership.

KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup is a held under the auspices of the NF-Board, this tournament celebrated 50 years of the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation.

Kosovo national football team mens national association football team representing Kosovo

The Kosovo national football team represents Kosovo in international men's football. It is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo, the governing body for football in Kosovo.

Controversy

In spring 2005, the new government elected in the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (KTFF) was keen to foster relations with other nations. The NF-Board claim that the government of Ferdi Sabit Soyer insisted on restricting which teams could and could not take part in order to head off potential political arguments. For their part, the KTFF claim that the NF-Board made unreasonable financial demands. [2]

Ferdi Sabit Soyer Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus

Ferdi Sabit Soyer is a former Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and former Leader of Republican Turkish Party (CTP).

The upshot of this was that the NF-Board decided to grant the hosting rights for the tournament to Occitania. In response, the KTFF announced that they would hold their own tournament, the ELF Cup, scheduled for the same time as the VIVA World Cup. Some NF-Board members accepted the invitations to take part in the ELF Cup.

Occitania Nation in Europe

Occitania is the historical region and a nation, in southern Europe where Occitan was historically the main language spoken, and where it is sometimes still used, for the most part as a second language. This cultural area roughly encompasses the southern third of France, as well as part of Spain, Monaco, and smaller parts of Italy. Occitania has been recognized as a linguistic and cultural concept since the Middle Ages, but has never been a legal nor a political entity under this name, although the territory was united in Roman times as the Seven Provinces and in the Early Middle Ages.

ELF Cup

The ELF Cup was an international football tournament organised by the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (KTFF), a member of the NF-Board. It was played only once in 2006. Among the participants were NF-Board teams, and FIFA member teams from the Asian Football Confederation.

Occitania 2006

Occitania announced that the tournament would still be held on 19–25 November 2006, with games played in and around Hyères les Palmiers, near Toulon. The number of entrants was reduced to eight, in anticipation of the ELF Cup (which agreed to pay expenses) drawing NF-Board members away from the VIVA World Cup. A lack of suitable competitors meant that the tournament was to include six teams: Monaco, the Romani, the Sápmi, Southern Cameroons, West Papua, and the Occitania national football teams.

Hyères Commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.

Toulon Prefecture and commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department.

Monaco national football team mens national association football team representing Monaco

The Monaco national football team is a national side that represents Monaco in association football. The team is controlled by the Monegasque Football Federation, the governing body for all football in Monaco. Monaco is not a member of FIFA or UEFA, and therefore cannot enter the FIFA World Cup nor the UEFA European Championship. Monaco was a founding member of the N.F.-Board in 2003, and finished second in the 2006 VIVA World Cup inaugural edition. However, due to political opposition, Monaco severed ties with the organization in 2010.

However, the failure of West Papua and Southern Cameroon to attend the NF-Board General Assembly in September 2006, and logistical problems facing the Romani, threw new doubt on the tournament, which looked as though it might go ahead with just three teams. Four teams - twelve fewer than initially hoped for - were set to take part when Southern Cameroons agreed to send a team; unfortunately, they were unable to take part because of visa problems, resulting in walkovers in all their games. By the end of the week, Sápmi had triumphed, scoring 42 goals in their three games, and lifting the first VIVA World Cup trophy, destroying Monaco 21–1 in the final.

Sápmi 2008

The second VIVA World Cup was played in the Swedish town of Gällivare in Sápmi from 7 to 13 July 2008. The matches were played under the midnight sun. Twelve teams had expressed an interest in participating in the men's tournament; however, only five teams took part, and Padania emerged as winners, beating the Aramean team 2-0. The host, Sápmi, finished in third place.

The women's tournament had only two teams, and the host, Sapmi, beat Kurdistan.

Padania 2009

Padania was the host for the 2009 edition. The tournament was played in some important stadiums in northern Italy. The final was held in Verona on June 27, 2009, and saw Padania retain the title, defeating Kurdistan 2-0.

Gozo 2010

The Gozitans hosted the tournament at the newly refurbished artificial turf ground of 2009-10 Champions Sannat Lions, as well as the 4,000 capacity Gozo Stadium in Xewkija. From May 31 to June 6, teams from Padania, Kurdistan, Provence, Occitania, Two Sicilies and Gozo competed for the Nelson Mandela Trophy. Only two teams, Gozo and Padania, took part in the women's tournament. [3] The Tibet national football team was looking for sponsors to participate to the VIVA World Cup 2010 [4] but failed to come.

Kurdistan 2012

In December 2009, the NF-Board came to an agreement with the Island Games Association that the VIVA World Cup would be held alternately with the Island Games in a deal that would see the IGA assist the NF-Board in its attempts to provide competition for its members and potential members. As a result of this agreement, the fifth VIVA World Cup was awarded to Kurdistan, to take place in 2012. [5] This tournament had the most participating teams of any Non-FIFA tournament. The hosts beat Northern Cyprus in the final (the first time the latter failed to win a non-FIFA tournament in which they took part).

Tournament results

YearHostFinalThird Place Match
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd PlaceScore4th Place
2006
Details
Flag of Occitania (with star).svg  Occitania Sami flag.svg
Sápmi
211Flag of Monaco.svg
Monaco
Flag of Occitania (with star).svg
Occitania
w/o Flag of the Federal Republic of Southern Cameroons.svg
Southern Cameroons
2008
Details
Sami flag.svg  Sápmi Flag of Padania.svg
Padania
20Flag of the Syriac-Aramaic People.svg
Arameans Suryoye
Sami flag.svg
Sápmi
31Flag of Kurdistan.svg
Kurdistan
2009
Details
Flag of Padania.svg  Padania Flag of Padania.svg
Padania
20Flag of Kurdistan.svg
Kurdistan
Sami flag.svg
Sápmi
44
(5–4 pen.)
Provence (alternate flag).svg
Provence
2010
Details
Flag of Gozo.svg  Gozo Flag of Padania.svg
Padania
10Flag of Kurdistan.svg
Kurdistan
Flag of Occitania (with star).svg
Occitania
20Flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816).svg
Two Sicilies
2012
Details
Flag of Kurdistan.svg  Kurdistan Flag of Kurdistan.svg
Kurdistan
21Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg
Northern Cyprus
Flag of Zanzibar.svg
Zanzibar
72Provence (alternate flag).svg
Provence

^ Withdrew before the start of the tournament due to visa problems.

Trophy

An artist's impression of the Nelson Mandela Trophy. Vivaworldcup.jpg
An artist's impression of the Nelson Mandela Trophy.

The VIVA World Cup Trophy was designed by French sculptor Gérard Pigault, and is named The Nelson Mandela Trophy, in honour of the former South African president. [6]

Titles

Participating teams

Team Flag of Occitania (with star).svg
2006
Sami flag.svg
2008
Flag of Padania.svg
2009
Flag of Gozo.svg
2010
Flag of Kurdistan.svg
2012
Years
Flag of the Syriac-Aramaic People.svg  Arameans Suryoye 2nd1
Bandera Darfur.svg  Darfur 9th1
Flag of Gozo.svg  Gozo 6th5th2
Flag of Kurdistan.svg  Iraqi Kurdistan 4th2nd2nd1st4
Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco 2nd1
Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg  Northern Cyprus 2nd1
Flag of Occitania (with star).svg  Occitania 3rd5th3rd5th4
Flag of Padania.svg  Padania 1st1st1st3
Provence (alternate flag).svg  Provence 5th4th6th4th4
Flag of Raetia.svg Raetia 8th1
Sami flag.svg  Sápmi 1st3rd3rd3
Flag of the Federal Republic of Southern Cameroons.svg  Ambazonia 4th1
Bicolor flag of Tamil Eelam.svg  Tamil Eelam 7th1
Flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816).svg  Two Sicilies 4th1
Flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.svg  Western Sahara 6th1
Flag of Zanzibar.svg  Zanzibar 3rd1
Total45669
Legend

Topscorers

YearPlayerGoals
2006 Sami flag.svg Eirik Lamøy
Sami flag.svg Tom Høgli
Sami flag.svg Steffen Nystrøm
6
2008 Flag of Padania.svg Stefano Salandra
Flag of Padania.svg Giordan Ligarotti
4
2009 Sami flag.svg Svein Thomassen
Provence (alternate flag).svg Enais Hammoud
5
2010 Flag of Kurdistan.svg Haider Qaraman 5
2012 Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg Halil Turan
Provence (alternate flag).svg Christophe Copel
6

See also

Notes

  1. NF-Board and VIVA World Cup
  2. Steve Menary (October 2006). "Worlds apart". World Soccer Magazine . p. 105.
  3. Are You Looking Forward to The World Cup?: The Last Defender Football From Another Angle
  4. FOOT - Thierry Marcadé who was one of the 4 Founders of the NFB in 2003, was received on December 31st, 2009 by the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala (India), Headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile
  5. Viva World Cup 2012
  6. "NF-Board Opens Registrations for the 1st Viva World Cup in Northern Cyprus". July 1, 2005.

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