On this day at the Euro2020, an inclusive Dutch team would have played in Amsterdam. Something of a contrast with the Dutch team who lost to France 24 years ago on this date during the Euro1996. An opportunity to use football as a lens into changes in Dutch society, the role of footballers and a look ahead.
Helmut Rahn was known as “the cannon from Essen”. He is famed for scoring the winning goal in West-Germany’s victory in the 1954 “Miracle of Bern”, but struggled with fame. His story is one of fame and legacy.
Football Lives is a dedicated collection for educators created by the Football Makes History team. Starting from 20 stories we will publish a new one almost every day, and we will reach over 100 life stories to reflect the history of Europe with a focus on migration, diversity, politics and identity.
Megan Rapinoe was the “face of women’s football” as the captain of the dominant US team during the 2019 World Cup. Her story in one was equality and education.
Odd Frantzen was a working-class boy from Bergen and the forgotten hero of the bronze team who beat the Nazi’s. His story is one about identity and education.
Arpad Weisz was a great player and even a better coach, sadly his life ended in Auschwitz. His story is one about identity, migration and education.
Lev Yashin is maybe the best goalkeeper football has ever seen. His world was shaped by the Soviet Union. His story is one about identity and ideology.
Carolina Morace caused a sensation as the first woman ever to coach a men’s professional team. Her story is one about identity and fighting against the odds.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a big personality with a high public profile. His story is one about identity, migration and cultural background.
Matthias Sindelar was an Austrian sporting hero but also a political one. His death led to many myths. His story is one about Politics and myth creation.