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The Ball

Sincerest thanks from the Spirit of Football team go to the many people and organisations who have supported (and continue to support) The Ball in ways too numerous to mention. We’d never have got even this far without your encouragement and invaluable support.

Many thanks…

Please don’t be upset if we’ve forgotten to add you to this list — we’re working on including everyone we can think of. In no particular order then, we’d like to thank the following:

  • Our partners and families — you know who you are!
  • Sir Tom “Tommy” Thomas
  • FashionUK Logo
  • Marian Buckley
  • Dominic Search
  • Tim “The Boy” Noble
  • Gershon Portnoi
  • Opera Hostel, Erfurt
  • The University of Erfurt
  • Sven Soederberg
  • Roots of Liberty Life
  • Johannes Arnold
  • Robert Heinz
  • Christiane Claus
  • Robin Hüdepohl
  • Paul Raufeisen
  • Jessica Komes
  • Will Prochaska at Alive and Kicking
  • Amanda and Celene at The Prince Albert
  • Dan Magness
  • Dan Wood
  • Mark Newholm
  • Rob “The Phantom Fouler” Davis
  • Piers Gibbon
  • Rose Ades
  • Mike Prudence
  • Gina Fucci
  • Joe Cogan
  • Sami McCabe and Keegan Wilson at Ubiquity Communications
  • Zakir Adam
  • Ben Edwards
  • Paul Wareing
  • Ian Hawkey
  • Nicole Matuska
  • Kevin Augello
  • Paul Colbert
  • Karen Lamb
  • Geoff Baker
  • Bob Stein
  • Ashton Applewhite
  • Florian Weinzierl
  • Barbara Biggi from Inter Milan
  • Julio Caesar from Inter Milan
  • Andrea Butti from Inter Milan
  • Luigi Crippa from Inter Milan
  • Luigi: Inter and Chelsea Fan who sat with us in the San Siro
  • Paolo Gornati from Special Olympics Italy
  • Giovanni from the Ostelo dela Giovente Hostel Milan
  • Genoa Youth Club and the youths there
  • Ambassador Haitham Rashid Wihaib
  • The concierge from the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco
  • Friendly staff at the casino in Monaco allowing us to film there
  • Chris and Maddie Lunch
  • Anthony Lunch
  • Una & Paulo, Jack & Caitlin
  • BarcaTV for allowing us on the pitch at the Camp Nou
  • Stuart & Aina
  • The anonymous person in Vilanova i la Geltru who handed in Christian’s bag
  • Julian Cautherley of Africa10
  • Victor Buhler of Africa10
  • Alice, Phil & family in Bel Air
  • Zoe Stenger
  • Hotel Barcelona, Chefchaouen
  • Café Clock, Fez
  • Lisa Matuska
  • Zaki H
  • Pressing Lavage, Casablanca
  • Wydad Casablanca
  • Abdelmajid Shaita
  • Sidi Moumen Cultural Center
  • L’Heure Joyeuse: Dancing Shantytowns
  • Special Olympics Senegal
  • Mademba Mbaké
  • Leopold and The Mayor of Gorée
  • Francois, our guide to Gorée
  • The Mayor of Dakar
  • The staff of the Mali Embassy in Senegal
  • The staff of the Ivory Coast Embassy in Senegal
  • The Senegalese Ministry of Sport
  • The Senegalese Football Federation
  • The football team of Compagnie Sucriere du Senegal
  • Bashir, Basile and the staff at DHL Senegal
  • Talibou Dabo and Estel & Aminata Mbaye schools
  • Charles Takouet
  • Anand Chandrasekaran
  • Twitter
  • Dipdive
  • BBC World Service
  • FourFourTwo magazine
  • Thüringer Allgemeine
  • Special Olympics Mali
  • Djelika, Kadi, Kasim and the staff at DHL Mali
  • Ensemble Instrumental
  • Carrefour des Jeunes, Bamako
  • Mr. Morike Traore
  • Mr. Mama Garba Tapo
  • Salif Moulin Diallo
  • Sanne Mohamed Topan
  • The staff at the Burkina Faso Embassy in Mali
  • Arthur, Sanna & Vlinder De Leeuw
  • Joe Mutua
  • Joseph Karanga
  • Moses Kinyanjui
  • Wario Donne

The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in 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.