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Romani people official football team

The Romani people official football team is a national football team representing the Romani people.

Romani people
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFederación Romaní de fútbol
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachAndrea Luigi Mazza
Top scorerJ. Oivido, I. Irhas, S. Horvath (2 goals each)
First international
 Ambazonia 1–3 Romani people 
(Montreuil, France; 9 June 2007)
Biggest win
 Ambazonia 1–3 Romani people 
(Montreuil, France; 9 June 2007)  Székely Land 2–4 Romani people 
(Debrecen, Hungary; 19 June 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Ellan Vannin 3–1 Romani people 
(Debrecen, Hungary; 17 June 2015)
 Padania 2–0 Romani people 
(Milan, Italy; 16 May 2016)
ConIFA European Football Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2015)
Best result5th (2015)

AffiliationEdit

It is not affiliated to any FIFA confederation, so it cannot play in any of their tournaments. It is, however, affiliated to ConIFA, and play in the ConIFA European Football Cup.

HistoryEdit

They played in the 2015 edition, where they finished 5th out of 6, above the hosts Székely Land. They showed good form and skill, and they narrowly lost to Ellan Vannin and Padania. Since January 2016 the third football team of Milan – Brera Calcio – ,whose chairman is Alessandro Aleotti, is managing the Romani People national team as a tool to fight the ongoing discrimination of the Romani People across Europe.

Brera Calcio is launching a new project which aims to use football as a way for changing the perception and growing the awareness of Romani People. The football club is working in collaboration with the international activist Dijana Pavlovic, a Romani actress with a Serbian passport living in Milan. Staff at Brera Calcio is selecting the players from this certain ethnicity in 18 European countries, who will proudly wear the T-shirts of “National” being the largest ethnic minority in Europe. The team is coached by Brera Calcio coach Andrea Mazza[1] and they will compete at the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup[2][3]

International matchesEdit

Date Location Venue Competition Opponent Score (1)
9 June 2007 Montreuil, France Unknown Friendly   Ambazonia 3–1
17 June 2015 Debrecen, Hungary Stadion Oláh Gábor Út 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup - Group Stage   Padania 2–3
18 June 2015 Debrecen, Hungary Stadion Oláh Gábor Út 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup - Group Stage   Ellan Vannin 1–3
19 June 2015 Debrecen, Hungary Stadion Oláh Gábor Út 2015 ConIFA European Football Cup - 5th/6th place game   Székely Land 4–2
(1) In the Score column, the Romani People's score is shown first.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Romani People". CONIFA. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ "Stateless populations find an international stage at the 2016 ConIFA World Cup". Fusion. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  3. ^ "ROMANI PEOPLE FOOTBALL TEAM AI MONDIALI CONIFA". 24orenews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-12-18.