195 countries, 7.6 Billion people and 6,500 spoken languages. The World is so diverse, and each Nation is different than the last, the only thing we have in common is that we’re all part of the Human Race. Finding things that unite the World as one are hard to come by but Football comes pretty damn close and has proved itself as a true Global Unifier.
The prime example of this can be seen in the French Football team. France has had a dark history with Race and Discrimination going all the way back to 1315, but we aren’t going to delve into that, let’s stick to Football. The French National team comprises of players from over 13 different ethnic origins ranging from Ivory Coast to Germany.
🇫🇷 All Together As One For France 🙌 pic.twitter.com/chvrJpSSJ9
— SPORF (@Sporf) July 17, 2018
It wasn’t any of these 13 Nations that won the World Cup; it was France that one it. There is one thing that we have to observe here, a lot of these players were immigrants and the likes of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba are first-generation immigrants i.e. Their parents immigrated to France. Frenchmen whose parents immigrated to France from Mali and Guinea became such big players and irrespective of their color and origin. This is bound to unite the Country and be more accepting of French citizens with different ethnic backgrounds.
Racism and Discrimination are ugly realities of our World and bringing Football into the conversation may not be ideal, but it exists even there.
Romelu Lukaku: “When things were going well, I was reading newspapers articles and they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker”
“When things weren’t going well, they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker of Congolese descent” pic.twitter.com/3tohzmQSuZ
— Azania Afrika (@SAYoungLion) July 19, 2018
Romelu Lukaku is probably one of the most improved strikers in the Modern-game. For most players, a bad run of games for your country can be accounted to bad form, injury concerns or even tactical adjustment. In Lukaku’s case, the fact that he is a player of Congolese descent seems to come up pretty often.
Racial discrimination exists and cannot be solved overnight. But I think the fact that Kylian Mbappe the French player and not Kylian Mbappe of Algerian Player is remembered, We’re on the right track.