Three Sided Football World Cup in Denmark
The World Cup is an event we truly stand behind, like and support. All the teams from different countries gather together not only to find a winner and to pass the ball to each other but also to find a common, friendly connection over sport.
This laudatory sentences do not refer to the Fifa World Cup that currently takes place in Brazil. It refers to another football World Cup – the Three Sided Football World Cup – that also took place this summer. It is the very first time that a World Cup of this special kind of football was realized. But why is it so special? And why do we like it so much?
The concept and the rules
The game was conceived by the Danish artist and situationist Asger Jorn who was born on the 3rd of March 100 years ago. He based his idea on a variation of the Marxist theory of dialectic materialism: the idea that society is driven forward by the struggle between haves and have-nots. Since then three-sided football has been played occasionally at festivals and embraced by the quirkier end of the anti-globalisation movement. The rules are simple: the teams play on a hexagonal pitch with three goals and the team which conceved the fewest goals wins. That makes it to a game of alliances and betrayal. The game deconstructs the confrontational and bi-polar nature of conventional football as an analogy of class struggle in which the referee stands as a representative of the state and media apparatus, and to present him as a neutral mediator of the continuing class struggle in the political process.
The World Cup 2014 in Denmark
To keep Jorn´s visions alive and to celebrate the variety of football, the World Cup 2014 in Denmark took place from Friday 23rd May until Sunday 25th May in cooperation with the Asger Jorn Museum in Silkeborg. Teams from France, Germany, Poland, England, Lithuania (who decided to represent Uruguay instead of their nation) and of course Denmark sought to win the Cup. Aftert a weekend of a series of qualitative football, the Danish team Silkeborg KFUM was crowned to be the Champion.
According to the participants, there will be definitely another Three-Sided Football World Cup and Germany is likely to become the host for the next Cup in three years.
A video of champagne/the champions