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British doctors lift medical world cup

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FOOTBALL'S COMING HOME: Medicine's most coveted football prize goes to the UK

It’s coming home… at least for the British doctors who have triumphed in this year’s World Medical Football Cup.

A squad with a 40-year age range won out 2-0 over the Czechs, ending their three-year grip on the Morell Cup. It was the second time the GB team have won it in the competition’s 23-year history.

A second squad made up of 18 UK doctors, also took part in the tournament’s seven-a-side Vogel Cup. A global congress on medicine and health was running at the same time at the event in Prague.

Doctors from across branches of practice took part, and the Morell Cup-winning squad, aged between 25 and 65, was captained by core trainee 1 Jamie Thoroughgood.

London-based foundation doctor 2 Guy Ansah-Palmer was among the Morell Cup’s top-10 scorers, with three goals.

Meanwhile consultant in head, neck and maxillofacial surgery, Chris Avery, was third top scorer in the tournament’s Vogel Cup, after netting five times.

Retired Harrogate-GP Karen Emms, whose son David, an F3 from Leeds was part of the UK squad, attended the tournament, and said the whole competition had been ‘absolutely brilliant’.

She said: ‘We got back from seeing team GB win in the final in time to see the second half of the England v Sweden [World Cup] game, which turned out to be not half as gripping.’

The UK team will next year head to Cancun in Mexico to defend their title at the 2019 tournament.

If you are interested in making the team for the next tournament, please contact Josh Burke @_JoshBurke_ for more details on how to apply.

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