Michel Platini as a player he was one the greatest but as president of FIFA his career got mired in controversy and scandals. His story is one about politics, globalisation and corruption.
On this day in 2016, Iceland’s football men lost to France at the European Championship. It ended an amazing run for the team which had not yet reached such heights. This is a story of a small nation in a bigger Europe.
On this day in the year 2000, the final of the first European Championship co-hosted by two countries was played. The idea to host such an event together is an example of the 1990s momentum in European cooperation. Euro2020, now postponed till 2021, is co-hosted by 12 European cities. This is the story of crossing borders.
Nadia Nadim’s life has been shaped by migration: escaping from war-torn Afghanistan to Denmark as a young girl. Her story is one migration.
Petra Landers has had many triumphs in football, but thinks the governing bodies have not given women’s football the right support. Her story is one about diversity, equality and education.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a big personality with a high public profile. His story is one about identity, migration and cultural background.
Jean-Marc Bosman was an obscure player for Liege, wanting a transfer to Dunkerque. His club refused, but the European Court of Justice ruled that trade was restrained in this way. Now players could negotiate free transfers as they chose. His story is one of legal change, commercialisation and globalisation.