As the FIFA World Cup drew to a close, another soccer tournament kicked off in Brazil. The Medical World Cup was held in Natal, one of the host cities for that “other World Cup”. Australia was once again represented by the “Docceroos”. Mosmann was proud to be their underwear sponsor, providingour Score underwear for each player in the team.
We’ve been in touch with the lads to get their updates on the tournament, which has been a source of great jealousy here at Mosmann HQ.
The team flew into Rio de Janeiro ahead of the championships to prepare by sightseeing. Our inside man, Andrew Phillips, describes Rio as a place of great contrasts, as it is run-down yet boasts amazing views. In addition, the wealthy residents living virtually alongside the poverty stricken Favellas. Only tall walls and razor wire or electric fences separate the haves from the have-nots. Despite being poor, the inhabitants of the Favellas do have million dollar views.
The team was lucky enough to catch the FIFA World Cup quarter final between eventual champions Germany and France live at Maracana stadium with 75,000 other fans – truly jealousy-inspiring stuff.
The opening ceremony places the Docceroos in a tough group D alongside Great Britain, Sweden and Belarus. Game 1 the next day is against their fierce rival, Great Britan – the team have to steel themselves for a very physical, no holds barred match. The team also attends the sports medicine conference associated with the tournament, where they give presentations on men’s health issues. Something we look forward to working with the Docceroos on in future!
Game 1 was a tough day for the Docceroos – Great Britain came out swinging to take an early 3-0 lead. Our boys managed several close misses and some crossbar strikes, but no bulges in the onion bag.The whistle blows with Great Britain taking the honours 5-0. Not the start we had hoped for, but at least the boys got a couple of sneaky photos in their undies!
The second game is against Belarus, newcomers to the tournament. The team starts to find some form, and cruise to a comfortable 6-0 victory. Their new striker, Brendan Mulcahy, was in prime for with 4 goals – putting him squarely into the running for the golden boot award.
The third day dawns with plenty of challenges ahead. The fatigue of 3 games in 3 days is both a mental as well as psychological barrier. Their opponents, Sweden, are no slouches either. It’s a must-win game – the Docceroos needing to win by 3 to progress to the next stage. The first half is all Australia – an early penalty is calmly put away by Brendan for his 5th goal of the tournament. This is followed by 3 more goals and by halftime we are up 4-1. The Swedes rally in the second half, but are held at bay until the last 3 minutes of the match. Then a wonder strike from 25 metres out and against the run of play glances past our keeper’s desperately outstretched gloves. It’s a heartbreaking end to our team’s finals hopes. Consolation drinks are definitely in order!
The team now goes to the second tier, to battle the other teams that didn’t make it to the quarter finals. Despite not making it through, the lads are clearly having a great time. Seeing the quality of life and the medical system is what the trip is really about, and we’re hoping that they come back with inspiration and motivation to keep doing the great work that they call their day job. And word on the street is that they are going to be getting a lot more cheeky shots in their undies!