UN Soccer Match Pits Ambassadors Against Journalists

Footballer are not the only stars in the game as diplomats and journalists showcased their skills and enthralled spectators during a match.

Updated: July 03, 2014 11:47 IST
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, poses for pictures with youth soccer players at UN headquarters in New York.

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New York: It wasn't quite the World Cup, but the world was definitely represented when U.N. ambassadors took to the soccer field against U.N. correspondents — with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon making the ceremonial kickoff.

The match in a park on New York's Upper East Side on Wednesday afternoon ended with about 10 minutes left to play when a torrential thunderstorm drenched the teams and the spectators.

The ambassadors, with help from a few diplomats and U.N. officials, were winning, 3-2.

Tunisia's Ambassador Mohamed Khaled Khiari scored their first goal, Peru's Ambassador Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra the second and Italy's U.N. spokesman Giovanni Davoli the third.

After Italy's disappointing ouster in the first round of the World Cup in Brazil, Davoli said his winning goal "was a pretty nice thing."

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