Cuba 3 Britain 2,
So Ended a football match on 11th December 2001 between a team of veterans of the Cuban national squad and a British Ambassador's eleven. The match was commemorating the first ever 'international' football match on Cuban soil on December 11th 1911 between a local team Hatuey and a team of British sailors called Rovers. It was also celebrating a new collaboration aimed at developing Cuban football, one of the few sports which
Later in December a decorated double decker bus was due to arrive from
The new British ambassador Paul Hare is involved in the project and is keen to develop a two way exchange - British football coaches in return for Cuban baseball coaches.
Luis Fernandez, President of the Cuban Football Association, (who scored the winning goal) commented that
In November the Cuban squad retained its world championship crown, winning 5-3 in the final against, most sweetly, the
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