May 24, 2016

Nothing brings people together like a game of a footie. One of my favourite films, Joyeux Noël, tells the story of how British and German soldiers in the First World War called a truce on Christmas day to kick-about a ball in no-man’s land. A few years after the film came out, I bought Jason a photograph of young boys playing football on a dirt field in Sierra Leone shot by Canadian photojournalist, Dominic Nahr. Both the film and the photograph speak to me about optimism and hope. There’s something in the universal appeal of football, that people all around the world love and play the game –– and that all it takes is a bunch of kids with a couple of sticks and plastic ball –– that makes the sport so accessible, so exciting, and so beautiful to me.

ITALY. Sicily. Palermo. Soccer in the Street. 1950.



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