History was Made!

Dragan Sutanovac13 April 2009 - Belgrade, Serbia

For the first time in 18 years, after the disintegration of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, CISM brought together soldiers of all six countries of the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia on the sports field in their former capital - Belgrade.

This initiative was started only 3 years ago, when the CISM Secretary General Colonel van Meurs came up with the idea of uniting soldiers who have been facing each other on the battle field just few years ago. Though it took time and a lot of effort, step by step as the project evolved, every year more countries participated in these activities, till, in 2009, CISM fully succeeded in the Sport for Peace initiative. All six countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia – participated in the CISM-FIFA Futsal Cup, organized by the Serbian Armed Forces in Belgrade, from 13-18 April 2009, and kindly sponsored by FIFA (International Association of Football Federations).

Slovenia - Croatia
Serbia, the host country, and especially their Minister of Defence, Mr. Dragan Sutanovac, were extremely delighted to see soldiers of six countries, in their military uniforms and with their respective flags, marching onto the field during the opening ceremony. The teams, standing side by side, were greeted by the Serbian authorities and received a warm welcome from the CISM Secretary General, Colonel Michel van Meurs.

It must be underlined that the CISM-FIFA Futsal tournament was characterized by a very positive and special atmosphere.  Before each game, the teams shook hands, exchanged gifts and posed for group photographs.  Although every team was eager to win, good sportsmanship and respect were always the leading idea. This is what only sport can do - bring soldiers together in friendship spirit.

Colonel Michel van Meurs
Indeed, the CISM motto "Friendship through sport" became a reality in practice. The main objective of the project was achieved, as it is genuinely contributing to strengthening multilateral relations and the stabilization of peace in the region.

This CISM-FIFA Futsal Cup is an important step in history of this region and it is a great success of CISM.

Congratulations to Croatia for winning the first cup of the CISM-FIFA Futsal tournament.  The next year this “Sport for Peace” event will be organized by Croatia in Zagreb.

Qualifications

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Macedonia 6-6
SerbiaSlovenia 3-3
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia 1-3
SerbiaMontenegro 1-0
Macedonia - Croatia 2-3
Slovenia - Montenegro 5-2

Finals

5/6 place:  Bosnia and Herzegovina - Montenegro 1-3
3/4 place:  SerbiaMacedonia  5-1
1Slovenia - Croatia/2 place:  Slovenia - Croatia  1-6

Standings

1. Croatia
2. Slovenia
3. Serbia
4. Macedonia
5. Montenegro
6. Bosnia and Herzegovina





Calendar_2013
WORLD MILITARY CHAMPIONSHIPS
26jun 04jul 46th Sailing WMC
Bergen, Norway
29jun 07jul 35th Judo WMC
Astana, Kazakhstan
02-14 1st CISM World Football Trophy
BAku, Azerbaijan
08-17 49th Naval Pentathlon WMC
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26aug
01sep
46th Orienteering WMC
Eksjo, Sweden
02-06 23rd Cycling WMC
Leopoldsburg/Beringen, Belgium
09-16 CISM Para-Sport Project Pilot Event
Track&Field Competition
Warendorf, Germany
14-21

22nd Taekwondo WMC
Fort Bliss, Tx,
USA

14-25

37th Parachuting WMC
Qionglai, China

09-18 60th Military Pentathlon WMC
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23

45th World Military Marathon
Paramaribo, Suriname

INSTITUTIONAL EVENTS

13-17

68th CISM General Assembly & Congress/CISM Board of Directors Meeting (2/2013)
Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia

CONTINENTAL / REGIONAL SPORT EVENTS
20-24
25-31
02-06 Eurocup BeachVolleyball
Warendorf, Germany
03-08 Nienaber Memorial MilPentathlon
Munich, Germany
24-28 CISM Shooting Rifle Cup of the German Armed Forces
Sonthofen, Germany
27jun-01Jul

1st Open Regional Life Saving Championship
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

09-16

1st Open Integrative CISM Military European Championships in Track & Field
Warendorf, Germany


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