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Lichfield and Burntwood players take part in swamp soccer competition

The Lichfield and Burntwood swamp soccer side

The Lichfield and Burntwood swamp soccer side

A group of friends from Lichfield and Burntwood have represented the area in the 2010 Swamp Soccer World Cup.

The players made the trip to Scotland to take part in one of the more unusual tournaments the sport has to offer.

And to make sure they stood out, the group replicated the look of Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama!

Ben Lowe, who was one of those in the team, said:

“I’ve wanted to enter a team for years, just because it looks like a laugh. We didn’t win the tournament, but we came home prouder than the England players from South Africa!

“Despite the 700-mile drive there and back, we had a fantastic weekend.”

Swamp soccer sees teams play in deep mud – and it proved a challenge for the local players.

Ben explained:

“It’s ridiculously hard – genuinely exhausting and you have to keep moving or you’ll get stuck in the mud. You also have to strap your boots to your ankles using gaffer tape, otherwise they’ll come off.

“The football isn’t pretty on the eye, but nobody really cares because you’re playing in a swamp where it’s less about skill and more about passion.”

Click below to see action from one of the team’s games:

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