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Homeless Football Game Ends in Win for Italy

Ljubljana, 27 May - The main square in Ljubljana was turned into a football pitch on Saturday for a special game featuring teams of homeless people from Italy and Slovenia. A crowd of several hundred saw the Italians overpower Slovenia 5:1 (2:1) in the qualifier for the football World Cup for the homeless that will be taking place in Denmark in July.

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PM Janez Jansa's girlfriend Urska Bacovnik looks on during the game.
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All teams involved in the spectacle pose for photo.
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Prime Minister Janez Jansa (with the ball) gets ready to kick as signer Magnifico (in the red) and Economy Minister Andrej Vizjak make off the ball contact.
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Prime Minister Janez Jansa (right) and Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic battle for the ball.
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The teams of politicians (blue) and stars (red) pose before taking to the pitch for the charity game.
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The game between the Slovenian and Italian homeless teams was followed by a charity match featuring Slovenian politicians and stars. Education Minister Milan Zver (left) and former skier Jure Kosir (right) shake hands while PM Janez Jansa (first on the right from Zver) and Economy Minister Andrej Vizjak (next to Jansa) look on.
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The crowd on hand for the game included some famous names: PM Janez Jansa's girlfriend Urska Bacovnik (left) and Jansa (right).
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The crowd on hand for the game included some famous names. From left to right: Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic (front row), PM Janez Jansa's girlfriend Urska Bacovnik (middle row) and Jansa (middle row).
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The Slovenian and Italian homeless football teams pose for a joint photo ahead of their game.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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A sizeable crowd gathered for the spectacle at Preseren Square in the heart of Ljubljana.
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Coach of the Slovenian homeless football team Ales Ceh dishes out instructions ahead of the game with Italy.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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