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Insider: World Cup icon Lilian Thuram says soccer doesn't protect Black players against racism. Now he's on a mission to start an organization that will.

April 29, 2021

France's winning team at the 1998 World Cup is one of the greatest in the history of soccer.

Led by captain Didier Deschamps, Les Bleus boasted a roster that included Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, and a young Thierry Henry.

While all of the above have since put their talents to good use in the world of football management, Lilian Thuram, another of France's biggest stars from the tournament, has instead chosen a different career path post retirement – fighting against racism.

 

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Rewriting history—to include all of it this time

September 28, 2020

Ninety-nine years after a mob of poor white people killed 150 to 300 African Americans and destroyed the “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Okla., the city again made headlines when President Trump announced he would kick off his re-election campaign there on Juneteenth — the day that marks the final end of slavery in the U.S.

Although the rally was subsequently rescheduled for Saturday, Trump’s actions brought renewed attention to the 1921 massacre in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, a tragedy that generally has been overlooked in American history classes. This oversight, said...

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Forbes: "The Importance Of Sports Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic Continues To Be Emphasized"

May 19, 2020

Sports have traditionally served as a global unifier. Race, religion, politics, socioeconomic status and gender are all thrown out the window when supporters band together to celebrate (or commiserate) the result of a competition.

As Nelson Mandela once said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”

Lilian Thuram battling Cristiano Ronaldo for a head ball during the 2006 World Cup.

Harvard Gazette: "Making soccer everyone’s game"

June 6, 2018

Lilian Thuram became a Parisian at age 9 in 1981, moving to France’s capital from his native Guadeloupe. It was also the year he “became black,” the former international soccer player said through a translator, because that was when he realized “being black was seen negatively.”

As the World Cup nears, organizers are bracing for possible incidents of racism at the competition’s 12 Russian stadiums. In the months leading up to one of the world’s most watched sporting events, the host nation has seen a rise in racist and anti-gay chants at soccer games, according to a recent...

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Real Madrid signs up to Athens Principles

February 3, 2018
"The club is adding its name to an ambitious project through which we hope to continue making a contribution to achieve a more supportive society", stated Florentino Pérez at the ceremony held to sign up to the initiative, which promotes the right to take part in sporting activities.