The Mud Olympics

Swamp soccer: a Finnish piss-up on

the pitch

In the spirit of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, on the mud flats of Brunsbuettel near Hamburg, Germany holds the annual the Wadden Olympics known as 'Wattoluempiade': translated 'mud Olympics'. 16 teams take part in soccer events as well as volleyball, handball and 'Tampentrecken', a sort of tug-of-war over the river Elbe. 

"If it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does." Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer player
Participants in the so-called 'Wattoluempiade'
The Elbe River mud flats off Brunsbuettel close to the North Sea, northern Germany
Goal camouflage

Muddy soccer players dive into the mud after their match

Some 500 people from Germany and Italy enrolled for the muddy fun
You might play better in bare feet