Barcelona plays Middle East 'peace' football
30 November 2005, BARCELONA – Spain hosted a historic football match on Tuesday evening when Israeli and Palestinian footballers played on the same side against Barcelona.
30 November 2005
BARCELONA – Spain hosted a historic football match on Tuesday evening when Israeli and Palestinian footballers played on the same side against Barcelona.
The match, held at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium, was aimed at promoting peace in the Middle East and was held the day after the end of the EuroMed summit in the Catalan capital.
Lluis Bassat, the secretary of institutional relations for Catalonia's Generalitat, came up with the idea, which was suggested to Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres a few months ago.
Around 30,000 spectators turned out on a cold night to see the match which started with a photo of the Israeli-Palestinian team, who all wore a white strip.
A peace song was also performed in three languages by the song's Israeli author David Broza, Palestinian musician Said Murad and Catalan Pep Sala, all playing the guitar.
Scottish actor Sean Connery also strode onto the pitch to take an honorary kick.
Other personalities such as Peres and foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos also watched the events.
Although Barcelona won the match 2-1, top players like Ronaldinho didn't seem out to give their opponents too hard a time and when Israeli player Abas Asuan scored a goal the Barcelona fans applauded as if it had been their goal.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news