European football teams are increasingly more representative of their diverse populations
With a convincing victory on the grandest stage of them all, France has established itself as a footballing powerhouse. The overwhelming diversity within the French squad was evident for all to see. The German team that won the previous World Cup was also the most diverse in its history. France’s success was touted as a victory for European multiculturalism. But the debate about the provenance of the French team’s victory—many members of the French squad were of African descent—and the shock retirement of German footballer Mesut Özil from the national team, has brought forth the issue of racism and the rising tide of right-wing nationalism in Europe.
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