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Football: The People’s Game

Together with former England international Eniola Aluko, street pro legend and social entrepreneur Rocky Hehakaija and football historians David Goldblatt and Simon Kuper, we address football’s uncomfortable relationship with nationalism and racism before recognizing its potential to bring people closer together.
Football is by far the most popular sport in Europe and in the world. It has the power to push entire populations to euphoric moods, but it also has a questionable way of magnifying divides through its tribal tendencies.

Considering its massive cultural impact, we explore the beloved team sport’s impact on identity and belonging in a rapidly changing world, while asking what kind of football world will emerge from these current coronatimes. What have the last months taught us about the social role of football for communities and people across the continent?

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