THE MULTICULTURAL EPIC OF THE EURO 2024 SELECTIONS

THE MULTICULTURAL EPIC OF THE EURO 2024 SELECTIONS
THE MULTICULTURAL EPIC OF THE EURO 2024 SELECTIONS

(SenePlus) – With Euro 2024 in full swing in Germany just nine days before the grand final, the multicultural aspect of the various national teams competing deserves to be highlighted. Indeed, as Jean-Baptiste Placca points out in his July 6 editorial for RFI, “the face that the teams offer says a lot about what football brings to each society, as well as their history, and even their spirit of openness.”

Several football stars currently playing in this Euro perfectly illustrate this multicultural aspect, whether it is Jamal Musiala with Germany, Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry or Nico Williams with Spain. By celebrating their performances, we are in reality celebrating “Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Cameroon, DR Congo, Togo, Mali”, as Placca rightly points out. Football should therefore refrain from distinguishing athletes according to their personal history.

This diversity within the selections has not always been the norm, however. As the editorialist recalls, “in the past, diversity in the selections was limited to a few nationals of the former colonies”. The Netherlands or England then mainly fielded players from their former colonial territories. But in recent decades, the colonial link has given way to an even greater diversity, with players from recent African immigration in many European countries, unrelated to their colonial history.

Thus, as Jean-Baptiste Placca pertinently concludes, “all this makes a beautiful mix, which can sometimes displease, but is also, often, wonderful”. Euro 2024 offers a new eloquent illustration of this multicultural richness carried by modern football.

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