Christian travelled to more than 50 countries following his passion for street theatre, programme–making and storytelling. He has worked in Asia, Australasia, Polynesia and America. His travels included an audience with the Dalai Lama, experiencing the reunification of Germany, escaping unharmed from the Thai maﬁa and living with tribal people in the rainforests of Sumatra.
Convinced of the unique power that football has to connect people throughout the world, Phil co–founded Spirit of Football. When he’s not restoring furniture, Phil can be found developing musicianship on drums, playing acoustic guitar and singing. Phil is also skilled in circus arts, including juggling, acrobatics and sleight–of–hand magic.
Andrew has football running through his veins. He played for New Zealand, the University of Notre Dame in the US and Rot–Weiss Erfurt in Germany. In 2002, he attended the the first FIFA World Cup in Asia. In 2005, he interned with the German World Cup Organising Committee, graduated with a Master of Public Policy from the Erfurt School of Public Policy and founded Spirit of Football e.V.
Richard was a key figure in the history of The Ball. After the 1998 France World Cup, he suggested that Phil and Christian meet him in Afghanistan in 2002 and that they all travel to Korea & Japan from there. He has worked in Humanitarian Emergency Response for over 15 years for Concern Worldwide, the Norwegian Refugee Council and predominantly for CARE International. Countries have included North Korea, Burundi, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Senegal and most recently Yemen, many of which The Ball has also visited.
Born and raised in the green heart of Germany, Sven's journeys have taken him throughout Europe. "Football is more than a 1:0, it is a common layer of global society." Sven is a "groundhopper" -- everywhere he goes, he visits the local stadium. He graduated in Media, Business and Journalism and finished his Masters in European Studies in 2012. After working as an online editor he travelled to New Zealand. Now back in Erfurt, Germany he is working for the non–profit association Spirit of Football e.V.