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AZRAQ, Jordan – THE BALL Visits the Spirit of Football Project in Azraq Refugee Camp

May 20th 2018 The Ball traveled to Jordan and was able once more to prove its positive radiance and potential as social connector within the framework of a special project, financed by the German Foreign Ministry and supported by World Vision, Care International and UNHCR. After being officially greeted in Jordan’s capital Amman on Saturday, […]

ISTANBUL – Tour de Bosporus

Wednesday, 16th May 2018 Today the Spirit team went on a grand tour of Istanbul. Together with Felix Schmidt and his colleagues of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation we visited Mevlüt Uysal, the Lord Mayor of Istanbul. We were invited like royalty into the Town Hall, together with the German Consul General, Georg Birgelen. After receiving the Lord […]

ISTANBUL – Meeting Point of Cultures

Tuesday, May 15th 2018 Migration being as old as humanity itself, the history of the world may also be seen as a history of migrations. In not many places this is more obvious than in Istanbul. The colourful metropolis on the Bosporus is a melting pot of peoples from all over the world. The most […]

MOUNT OLYMPUS – Greek Wedding and Mountain Climbing

Sunday, May 13th 2018 The past days showed that the „The Ball“ never ever stops. After a successful workshop, we left Thessaloniki in the direction of Mount Olympus. At its foot we enjoyed a dinner with a view onto the sea. During the ensuing walk on the beach, we happened upon a Greek wedding, whose […]

THESSALONIKI – „As long as there are people who stand up for each other…”

Saturday, May 12th 2018 Discrimination and respect: two themes that play a big role in almost all of the workshops on our journey. For myself, talks on this have hardly ever been as touching as during the last few days, when we carried through a workshop with the members of the Refugee Team of ARSIS […]

SOFIA – CSKA: A Club Turns 70

Saturday, 5th May 2018 there are times in your life, when you think: “What’s that all about?” And you muse to yourself: Nothing can surprise me anymore. And then an army helicopter comes flying around the corner, except that in this case it wasn’t a corner but the Vasil Levski Stadium, filled with 20,000 spectators. […]

KOSOVO – Crossing the Border into the “Republika e Kosoves”

30th April 2018 Since we cannot enter Kosovo directly via Serbia, we have to take an hour’s detour via Macedonia. At the border we stand in a long queue of cars and wait, and wait… We realize what it means to be outside the EU and far from the advantages of the Schengen agreement. The […]

NIS – PASCH School, Partner for the Future

Monday 30th April 2018 Today we had another project with a PASCH-School, the Bora Stanković in Niš, supported by the Goethe-Institute in Belgrade. Theme of the the day was “discrimination”. We talked about racism and the strained relationship between Serbia and Kosovo. This has deteriorated since Kosovo separated from the Republic of Serbia in 2000 and […]

PANČEVO – Where is the Spirit Van?! Shock in the Afternoon!

Friday, 27th April 2018 In order to improve and develop our work, we evaluate our workshops in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Foundation. The very cool workshop-day with the school in Pančevo was coming to an end, and Anna, one of our Spirit teamers, went to get the evaluation forms from the car. She looked […]

PANČEVO – PASCH-School Project

Friday, 27th April 2018 Project with students from the secondary school “Uroš Predić” in Pančevo, a small town near Belgrade. Uroš Predić takes part in the German PASCH-programme. PASCH stands for the initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future”. It already consists of a network of more than 1,800 schools, where teaching the German language has […]

The Ball 2014 left England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.