UPF Italy, by Francesca Radaelli: Soccer players representing more than 15 nationalities, including refugees newly arrived in Italy, competed for the UPF Peace Cup.
Real Monza was the winning team, beating Centro Mamma Rita (CMR 50), Oratorio San Francesco from the town of Muggiò, and CPIA Monza e Brianza.
The event, organized by UPF-Monza, took place at the Sada Stadium in the northern Italian city of Monza on Saturday, June 27, 2015.
The event started with the games of the Three-Teams Freedom Cup, in which the teams Sudamerica, UPF-Italy and Tibet competed. UPF-Italy was the winning team, defeating Sudamerica 6 to 0, and then Tibet 4 to 0. Sudamerica came in second place, defeating Tibet 2 to 1.
For the Tibetan players the afternoon in Monza was first of all an opportunity for meeting other people, especially fellow Tibetan emigres. “We came here from all over [the region of] Lombardy,” said one player, “and some of us even from far away as Verona, almost one hundred miles from here. For all of us, the Peace Cup is a rendezvous we can’t miss!”
The UPF-Italy team comprised a winning mix of many nations. Peruvian-Italians played together with Chinese-Italians and German-Italians, seemingly understanding each other quite well, at least on the soccer field. Being real sportsmen, at the end of the tournament they didn’t waste words: “We are satisfied with our game; we were expecting a good result.”
After the Three-Teams Tournament, the Peace Cup competition started with a match between Oratorio San Francesco and Real Monza, followed by one between CMR 50 and CPIA Monza e Brianza. The final result was: Real Monza (7 points), CMR 50 (6 points), CPIA Monza (2 points) and Oratorio San Francesco (1 point).
“Sport has the power to change the world and bring people together,” said Carlo Chierico, the president of UPF-Monza, during the awards ceremony.” This is a phrase by Nelson Mandela, and we have demonstrated its truth once again this year. That’s why I want to dedicate a thought to the founder of the Universal Peace Federation, Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who passed away in 2012. It was he who founded the first Peace Cup.” Read More