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Greenland: The world's most beautiful football season?

Published 1614 GMT (0014 HKT) August 18, 2017
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One of the world's most unusual football seasons takes place in Greenland where the weather and travel conditions mean teams can only get together for one week every year. Chris Scott / CNN
Icebergs float just off shore and calve often creating mini tsunamis that crash onto the beach a few meters from the pitch. Chris Scott / CNN
The tournament is made up of eight teams from all across Greenland. Chris Scott / CNN
It snows for nine months of the year in Greenland meaning players can only play outside during the summer. Chris Scott / CNN
This is the 47th year of the Greenlandic football championships and only the second year the tournament has been played on artificial turf. Chris Scott / CNN
Before the artificial turfs were built two years ago, Greenlandic football was played on pitches of sand and rock. Chris Scott / CNN
Injuries were expected and broken bones were common after each game. Players would have to wear several layers of clothes to protect themselves from scratches and cuts. Chris Scott / CNN
Even today, some players wear gloves and leggings on the artificial pitches. A hangover from the dirt pitches they grew up on. Chris Scott / CNN
This year's final was between B-67 from Nuuk who had won the tournament the previous six out of seven years, and their city rivals IT-79. Chris Scott / CNN
B-67 fans showing support for their team. To get to the game from Nuuk would take a two hour plane ride or an 18-hour sea voyage. Chris Scott / CNN
IT-79 center back Stephen Boller celebrates equalizing in the 95th minute to make the score 1-1 and forcing extra time. Chris Scott / CNN
Johan Frederik Zeeb showing off his home town's new artificial pitch on Disko Island. He won the championship with G-44 in 2013. Chris Scott / CNN
G-44 fans support their hometown team in the bronze medal game. Chris Scott / CNN
After extra-time the final between B-67 and IT-79 was tied at 2-2. Which meant penalties. Chris Scott / CNN
This year's final was a repeat of 2015. B-67 won on that occasion. Chris Scott / CNN
B-67 goalkeeper Looqi Svane confronts the linesman after having been deemed to move before a penalty was struck. IT-79 scored the retake. Chris Scott / CNN
IT-79 captain Kaasannguaq Zeeb coolly slots home his penalty. Chris Scott / CNN
Peri Fleischer was the man who made history, scoring the winning penalty to secure IT-79's first ever title. Chris Scott / CNN
IT-79 captain Zeeb is given celebratory bumps by his teammates. Chris Scott / CNN
The Greenlandic Championship trophy. Chris Scott / CNN
IT-79 captain Zeeb is presented the trophy. Chris Scott / CNN
IT-79's Zeeb lifts the trophy above his head to celebrate the club's first ever title. Chris Scott / CNN
With the tournament over the players will now have to wait 10 months to be able to play outside again. Chris Scott / CNN