As July comes to an end and schools all across Europe close for their well deserved summer break, we continue our #onthisday campaign. In June and July our focus was on the history of the European Championships. So what can you expect from us in August?
In this article:
Gil Scott Heron, October 3, 2009 in San Francisco (Photo: Adam Turner).
Recounting some foundations
In August, a month which is usually almost without football, we will see the Champions League and the Europa League coming to an end. The clubs that are still playing in these tournaments have a rich history or even relatively new. We take a brief look at some of the foundations of some of these clubs.
Some of our highlights
As before, we pay close attention to stories that connect football to social and cultural developments on the continent. Some highlight you can except:
- On the 9th of August we will explore the so-called ‘’Deathmatch’’, A football match in the center of conflicting ideologies; between the facts and myths.
- On the 18th of August we look back at the first black professional footballer for Celtic scoring on his debut. Gil Heron is the father of the legendary black civil rights poet and jazz musician Gil Scott Heron.
On the 25th of August in 2007 Valerenga, a team from Norway played with a shirt with Valerenga against racism– pioneering in football’s anti-racist efforts in their context.
Pass the ball around
Our campaign’s content is almost entirely produced by educators. Each day we aim to deliver interesting mini-stories from football’s rich history. These will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The content is aimed to support the educational objectives of the Football Makes History project. If you are reading this and have suggestions or ideas for the months ahead, we are most happy to receive those! Help our team tell the stories that matter.
Dutch sports historian Jurryt van de Vooren wrote a historical overview of other times when Football was stopped like it currently is. The Second World War is our second short piece.
Claudia Krobitzsch is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the German Football Association (DFB). Having worked across Europe as an activist organiser and campaigner fighting racism and discrimination in football with Fare Network, she reflects on who drives changes in football and the role of history.
As the UEFA 2020 European Championships got pushed ahead one year, the team of Football Makes History will provide you with a 365-day #onthisday series of posts to help all fans out there to go back in time, think, and reflect.
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