Josip Brekalo refused to advertise LGBTQ organisations because their spirituality is in contrast with his Christian faith and values. The Croatian star player of the German Wolfsburg football club was asked to promote homosexuality by wearing a rainbow armband. Brekalo did not comply with the request.
Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has revealed the traumatic experience he went through when he learnt his father had been kidnapped for the second time. According to him, the news of his father’s kidnap reached him shortly before the Argentina game at the Russia 2018 world cup, leading to him struggling in the game.
As a passionate soccer fan, Jennifer Bryson has been faithfully watching every game she can during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But as a religious freedom expert, she’s found herself wondering how, and why, soccer authorities regulate the many religious expressions on display in the international soccer tournament. “Sport is so relevant to religious freedom because it offers a shared civic space where people from diverse traditions come together and compete towards a common goal,” said Bryson, who is the director of the Religious Freedom Institute’s Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team.
On Sunday, Croatia’s football team will play France in the championship game of the 2018 World Cup, after running victoriously through a string of football powerhouses in the tournament. Here’s one reason Catholics might be rooting for the small Central European country: Croatia is a deeply Catholic country, and the coach of its national team, Zlatko Dalic, is a man of sincere faith.
Robert Lewandowski almost single-handedly took the Polish national team to the World Cup in Russia. Scoring 16 goals, he became the top scorer in the world cup qualifiers. Besides being a great footballer, this Polish international is also a profoundly religious man and is not ashamed of proclaiming his faith in Jesus Christ.
The impact of years of heightened religious tension between Copts and Muslims is evident even from Egypt’s national football team. When cafes across Egypt flood with excited supporters this month to watch the national team take part in a World Cup for the first time since 1990, there will be a sense of frustration among many of the country’s Coptic Christian footballers who claim only Muslims get to play.
Brazil is one of the most religious countries in the world. Brazilian people openly profess their religion and their faith; those living in 2002 will never forget seeing the Brazilian team pray after winning the World Cup. That is why the news that it’s forbidden for the Brazilian football players to pray during the World Cup has shocked everyone.