Sheep Battle It out on the 'Pitch' in Colombia to Commemorate the World Cup

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 2, 2014

Shepherds herd a sheep dressed in jersey of Brazil's national soccer team, during a soccer sheep match between Brazil and Colombia in Nobsa, Colombia, Sunday, June 1, 2014. The match was part of the International Poncho Day, celebrated every year in this region of central Colombian where local craftsmen make sheep wool ponchos using ancestral techniques. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)
Javier Galeano/Associated Press

Colombia have done it, they've beaten Brazil! 

It may not be on the pitch of choice for Colombians, but in a match played in Colombian town Nobsa, a group of sheep representing Colombia defeated a group of sheep representing Brazil, 4-3. 

Sheep, yes, sheep (!), lined up opposite each other, with one side wearing yellow and red to represent Colombia and the other wearing Brazil's colours. 

Each of the "players" had names and numbers of a player on each team. 

Per the Associated Press

Some 500 beer-soused spectators cheered on the farmyard footballers, which were trained for two weeks to recognize and kick a foam soccer ball through a rustic goalpost made of wooden logs. 

The hard work was little evidence, though. Sheep are highly social animals, seeking safety from predators in large herds, and their shepherd handlers had to keep pulling on ropes tied to the animals' necks to keep the bleating players scattered and moving so they wouldn't end up munching lazily on what grass remained on the improvised pitch. 

The winning goal came off of the boot, err, hoof, of a mammal wearing James Rodriguez' shirt. 

Javier Galeano/Associated Press

Javier Galeano/Associated Press

[Associated Press, h/t Fox Soccer]