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Mexican captain Lizeth Rodriguez deserved the fourth FIFPro Fair Play Award at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow for a rather remarkable change.

FIFPro and the Homeless World Cup each day present a Fair Play Award for exceptional sportsmanship. It is chosen by match officials who note players who display particular sportsmanship and enthusiasm.

Lizeth made herself known for switching teams: she is the goalkeeper and captain of Mexico. But as the Mexicans, the title defenders, were beating Greece heavily, she proposed to transfer to the Greek team, and let the Greek keeper, Styliani Mavridou take her place in the Mexican goal.

Speaking after picking up her award, Rodriguez said: “I’m very happy to receive the award. It’s not something I ever imagined I would win. It’s not about me though, it’s about both sides: Greece and Mexico. We had good fun swapping teams.”

“It’s been a fantastic tournament so far, much more than I could’ve ever have dreamt. I didn’t think I’d ever play in such a tournament.”

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Presenting the award were FIFPro’s Tony Higgins and famous Scottish guitarist Raymond Meade, from Ocean Colour Scene. He said: “This individual award means that players are encouraged and rewarded for playing in the spirit of the game, which is great to see.”

Lizeth was the fourth female player to receive the award. The first three awards were won by Jodie Coombs (England), Melissa Baade (the Netherlands) and Styliani Mavridou, the Greek goalkeeper who was involved in the swap with Lizeth.

Click here to read their stories:

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Jodie Coombs, trophy presented by former Scotland player Andy Walker

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Styliani Mavridou, trophy presented by former Scotland player Jackie McNamara

and The true story behind Stella

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Melissa Baade, trophy presented by former Scottish player Fraser Wishart

and The future is bright for Melissa Baade