Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to be transferred for £1 million and was the first high-level footballer to “come out” as a gay man.
Robert Enke was a successful goalkeeper who sadly took his own life. His story is one of depression and mental health.
John Blankenstein was a respected referee, and is remembered for being an activist for LGBT rights. His story is one about social equality and exclusion.
Mario Balotelli was bound to be a major star, but he faced a turbulent career as a young player. Racist abuse and many controversies are etched in his career. His story is one of racism, diversity and a reminder that Football has some way to go still.
Raheem Sterling has come from a period of negativity to speak out as a role model against Racism. His story is one of development, diversity and a reminder that Football has some way to go still.
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.
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.