13 JULY 2018 / DIALOGUES: Football will Save the World

On Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 19:30 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) held the ninth event of the series DIALOGUES under the title “Football will save the world”. In the sportive spirit of the 21st World Cup Final, DIALOGUES took it outdoors, within the Great Lawn area of the Stavros Niarchos Park and with a focus on the king of Sports, football.

For what reasons and in which ways does football unite or divide us, why does it excite and thrill us or lead some of us to extremes? Football players and veterans along with coaches, sports reporters and experts uncovered the various aspects and layers of football and the reasons behind the magic feeling it evokes into the hearts and minds of the fans around the world. Is football an international game which helps people escape from reality, a catalyst for different cultures and starting point for historical change or does it serve other interests and may even spark enmity within society? What are the chances that Sportsmanship can help people come together towards achieving a higher purpose?

Speakers in the panel discussion were the following:

Edmilson, World Cup Champion with the Brazilian National Team in 2002 and European Champion with FC Barcelona in 2006
Jordi Cardoner, First Vice-President, FC Barcelona
Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President, Stavros Niarchos Foundation 
Antonis Antoniadis, Veteran Football Player 
Antonis Karpetopoulos, Sports Journalist
Alexander Kitroeff, Historian
Chrysa Kourobilia, Referee

The discussion was moderated by journalist Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

Listen to the extracted audio below: