Russia win U19 CP Football World Championships

Gazdanov shines for Russia in the first under-19 CP Football World Championships 20 Aug 2015
Football team celebrating

Russia win the U19 CP Football World Championships in Nottingham, Great Britain.


Soslan Gazdanov sealed the victory for Russia, scoring all three goals that helped his team defeat Brazil 3-2 and capture the inaugural Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships Under 19 on Saturday (15 August) in Nottingham, Great Britain.

Gazdanov broke a 1-1 tie by netting a goal at the 41-minute mark. Two minutes later, he followed up with another score that made it difficult for Brazil to catch up.

Gazdanov opened the gold-medal game with the first score, but Brazil’s Igor Romero evened the game with a shot of his own shortly after. Trailing 3-1 late in the game, Weslley De Souza Mendez tried to rally Team Brazil with a late score for 3-2, but his team could not find the goal in the winding minutes.

England won the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory over Scotland, thanks to Dale Smith’s game winner. Oliver Nugent got things started for England with a goal in the opening minute. Robert Miller found the back of the net to ensure Scotland entered halftime with a 1-1 tie, but it was not enough.

The World Championships were part of the Nottingham 2015 Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) World Games, which were held from 6-16 August.

The tournament included seven teams divided into two groups and featured a round-robin format, with Australia, the Netherlands and Japan also competing.

Complete results of the U19 Football World Championships can be found on the International Federation of CP Football’s (IFCPF) website.