“Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot” examines the much tarnished reputation of FIFA, the governing body of world football, and just how they justify the exclusion of some ‘nations’ from their organisation while welcoming others. For two years, Steve Menary traced the incredible journeys of the teams that FIFA refuse to recognise – either for reasons of political expediency, or because FIFA just believed they could not compete with the likes of Montserrat on the world stage. Intrigued by just why anyone would want to play for such no hoper ‘nations’, he became drawn into a scene which surprised him in its positive approach to both the beautiful game and nationalism, and eventually resulted in the FIFI (Federation of International Football Independents) ‘Wild Cup’, featuring teams from officially non-existent countries such as Zanzibar, Greenland, Tibet and Northern Cyprus, being successfully staged in Germany prior to the FIFA World Cup in 2006. Along the way, he discovered the dentist from Greenland who risked his career to play for his ‘country’, the pitch battle amongst kit manufacturers to sponsor the Tibetan national football team and why the Gibraltan ‘national’ football team might just force an end to centuries of dispute over the rock between Britain and Spain.
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