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World Cup for unrecognised states kicks off in Abkhazia

County of Nice will not defend title but Kurdistan, Székely Land and Chagos Islands among 12 non-Fifa members taking part

For most football fans, the big event this weekend is the Champions League final. But in Sukhumi, capital of the breakaway region of Abkhazia, attention will be on teams from 12 unrecognised countries – ranging from de facto independent states to autonomous regions with faint hopes of future autonomy – taking part in the World Cup for unrecognised states.

In the opening match on Sunday afternoon, Kurdistan will take on Székely Land, a Hungarian-speaking part of Romania. Other participants in the tournament include Somaliland and the Chagos Islands. None of the participants are UN members states.

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