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Team Rambo conquer Swamp Soccer World Championship


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A team of players dressed like Rambo have won the Swamp Soccer World Championship in Scotland.

Team Rambo, kitted out as the action hero, battled mud and stiff competition to pick up the trophy, in the Scottish town of Strachur, Argyll.

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The third annual championship included 42 teams and 100 matches over a three day period with entrants travelling from as far as Switzerland and Russia to take part in the mud-drenched event.

Team Rambo blew their opposition away in the early rounds and beat last year's defending champions, The Fuddy Muckers, 5-4 in an explosive penalty shoot out in the semi-final before overcoming The Angry Beavers in the final.

Captain David Butt said: "After three gruelling days in the swamp it was awesome to emerge with the trophy!"

The game, which originated in Finland, is contested by two teams of six on a muddy field not much bigger than a five-a-side football pitch.

Teams can be all male, female or mixed with countless substitutions allowed during the 24-minute game, which is contested over two halves.

Organiser of the Strahcur tournament, Stewart Miller, said the event was a first for Scotland.

He said: "As a nation we have never hosted a World Cup, and we missed out on the European Championships this year.

"But the Swamp Soccer World Championship has the same sporting spirit, competitive instincts and filthy tackles - but with the addition of masses of sludge, muck and swampy mess."

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