Weekend! This means that editor Axel Falk is back with another 'Trequartista'. Lean back and enjoy this exhillerating piece of art from the man himself. Before you go out for drinks or despair over the fact that there's no more Bundesliga, enlighten yourself by reading 'Trequartista'.
Football. It's a sport we all love, a sport we all adore. If you ever doubt that, consider your own emotions when your favourite team wins or loses and then reconsider yourself a passionate fan of the so popular sport. Football amazes, it disappoints, it enlightens, it enriches, it's awful and it's very depressing. Emotions are very important in football and it is what has made the sport so big. However, there's another brilliant thing going on that has made us feel so in love with the simple sport, without us actuallty realizing it.
In the nineties, before the World Cup in France, the country was on the verge of going full racist. Many were judgmental and often angry at the swift change in society when immigrants from Africa arrived. Many of these immigrants had sons who went on to do the only thing there was in order to get accepted or to forget what they had seen; play football. The people of France were never too fond of the fact that the local teams had African immigrants playing for them, neither were they happy with the fact that many of these were really good at it.
Then came 1998, then came the World Cup. France won it with a team full of African immigrants. Were there any complaints afterwards? No. A team of immigrants united a nation on the brink of a racial civil war, and football united the French. In this day and age, it's more relevant than ever to accept immigrants and to care for them, care for their needs and make sure that the horrors of their home won't be relived in their new home. As every country in Europe, France is sceptical and France might even have a bigger reason than most, due to the recent terrorist attacks. This is what makes the Euros so very important for the future of France and Europe. Many teams have players who recently or some time ago fled from the horrors of Syria and the Middle East. Many teams have players who probably started playing football because they wanted to get accepted by society or because they needed to get their mind off things. Football makes us forget the difficulties and problems for a short while. Football unites.
So during the Euros, enjoy all what if offers and remember my words: Football unites. Let's create a united Europe through the power of football.
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