Tag Archive for football

Sol Campbell gives Westminster lecture on racism in football

Campbell's decision to tell his life story put his complaints about racism in football in context for this football-illiterate observer, writes Henry Hill.

Migrant footballers score 80% of goals at the World Cup

England might not have made it past the group stages, but players based in England have nevertheless scored one in five of the World Cup goals, placing our Premier League ahead of Germany and Spain in the World Cup goals table.

This World Cup, cry God for Harry, St George… and Belgium?

In this migrant-majority World Cup, eleven of the Belgian squad live and work in England. With our own team out of the hunt, has the time come to cheer for Belgium, asks Sunder Katwala.

VIDEO: Highlights from Beyond Wembley: What can bring Bradford together?

What then can we learn about the possibilities of sport, and other areas of common interest, to be a positive force for inclusion and integration? This was the central question at British Future’s Beyond Wembley: What can bring Bradford together? debate held on 26th February at the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford.

Bradford’s cup run must stimulate more city pride

"Bradford needs more than just one cup final. It needs more winners. People are desperate; people want change.” These words, articulated by one member of the audience at British Future’s Beyond Wembley: What can bring Bradford together? event, struck a chord with many.

VIDEO: Jonny, Croydon

"Sport is one of the ways in which I think you can most see our identity," says Jonny Cope from Croydon when asked about what it means to be British. Even when England is losing in a major football tournament, he still enjoys seeing the flags on the cars, seeing big TV screens airing the match across the country and chatting about the game over a pint with strangers.

Photo: Massimo Ankor

Can the Balotelli generation change Italy?

Mario Balotelli will not change how Italians think about nationality overnight but he does show how the symbolism of sport helps us to talk about who we are, says Sunder Katwala.

Photo: Andrew M Howe

Tribalism can be a positive way of uniting communities, says author Anthony Clavane

Author Anthony Clavane spoke to British Future about Leeds, identity and the positive and negative aspects of tribalism in football.

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Why “We are Leeds” was a source of Jewish pride

Sport has much to tell us about who we are and can be a celebration of our diversity, says author and playwright Anthony Clavane, author of Promised Land, ahead of a British Future debate at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.

Photo by George M Groutas

Capello Failed The Integration Test

By Sunder Katwala What a disappointment Fabio Capello turned out to be. The England football manager has resigned – protesting at his authority being undermined by being his overruled in his desire to allow an England captain to face court charges over alleged racial abuse without relinquishing the armband. The problem was never that Fabio was foreign. Rather, he failed the integration test.