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Glorious mud: photos from Finland's swamp soccer championships

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Players in action during the Swamp Soccer Championships 2012 in Hyrynsalmi, Finland. All pictures taken on on July 14, 2012 and made available to NBCNews.com on July 16.

Johanna Kannasmaa / EPA

Johanna Kannasmaa / EPA

Johanna Kannasmaa / EPA

A match between Telinekataja (in orange) and last year's winners FC Lerssi (in white).

Johanna Kannasmaa / EPA

The manager of one of the losing teams wallows in the mud.

Over 300 teams and 5,000 players competed in the annual Swamp Soccer Championships in Hyrynsalmi, Finland over the weekend. 

Read more about Finland's impressive collection of bizarre sporting events, which also include wife-carrying and cellphone-throwing contests, and take a look through some more muddy images on PhotoBlog.