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TBLISI- From Turkey To Georgia

What a country! And what a difference to Turkey. After weeks of travelling with The Ball through conservative predominantly Muslim countries, The Ball and the SoF team crossed the border from Turkey into Georgia. It’s quite amazing to see that people living so close to one another can be socialized so differently. Instead of mosques […]

Spreading The Human Touch

After the delegation of ball carriers sadly had to say goodbye to Istanbul, it divided into two: The Ball with half of the team continuing towards Jordan and afterwards Lebanon, with the intention of reuniting with the other Spirits in Gaziantep in southern Turkey. Meanwhile, the other 4 members of the divided travel group had […]

BEIRUT – LEBANON – Train-The-Trainers Programme

At the eastern-most point of the Mediterranean Sea, the Lebanese capital of Beirut, also called Paris of the Middle-East, was probably the liveliest place on our journey. A breathtaking week awaited us here. The skyline reminded us of a southern European metropole: street canyons with modern facades mirroring charming older houses characterize a cityscape with […]

JORDAN – The Ball in Wadi Rum, Mujib and by the Dead Sea

Jordan, 18th to 25th May 2018 After a wonderful project week in the Azraq Refugee Camp and emotional goodbyes with our participants, we took the opportunity to drive to Zaatari to visit the biggest refugee camp in Jordan. 30 km away from the Syrian border, around 80,000 people have fled war and chaos in their […]

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. […]

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.