SOT, Arturo Elias Ayub, CEO of the Telmex Foundation: «Welcome to Mexico» The 16th Homeless World Cup kicked off with a celebratory opening ceremony in Mexico City on Tuesday. More than 450 players from 42 countries will participate in the sporting event, which is designed to empower people experiencing homelessness to build skills and relationships. President of the Homeless World Cup Mel... Еще Young congratulated the players on transforming their lives through football and called them «real heroes.» «The journey you've been on has been difficult and sometimes impossible but you have proved everyone wrong and now you are here, representing your country. You are the heroes and I salute you,» he said. The first men's match was between Mexico and Italy, with Mexico winning 7-0. Mexico were also the victors in the first women's match, winning 12-0 against Greece.