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GP footballers win world championship

By Nigel Praities

A football team of British medical doctors – captained by a GP – have been crowned world champions at the World Medical Football Championship.

The British Medical Football team won the title 3-1 against the Brazilian medical side at the championships in South Korea.

The side were captained to victory by Dr Paul Fourie, a GP in Blackburn, after beating medical teams from South Korea, Spain and Lithuania.

Also representing general practice were goalie Dr John Zak, a GP in Clitheroe, Lancashire, and club secretary Dr Arif Kazi, a GP in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

The teams played in the Jamsil Stadium, Seoul, the venue of 1988 Olympics and bettered their performance last year in Lithuania, when they came third in the competition.

Dr Fourie said: 'It was an amazing experience. To play against Brazil, in the Jamsil Olympic Stadium and in a World Cup final and come out on top just isn't British.

'We celebrated with some champagne provided by our WAGs supporters who had travelled out with us. We now have to put another star on our shirts,' he said.

The British Medical Football Team support a range of charities, including the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation and WMFF Charity Action Kolkata.

Better than Brazil: the British Medical Football Team has won the World Medical Football Championship Better than Brazil: the British Medical Football Team has won the World Medical Football Championship

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