Football Uniting Continents, Countries, Cultures and Lives
Football is a great game invented back in England in XIX century and in less then 50 years it’s popularity became world wide. Despite the multitude of changes of this sport which came in time, i believe that football is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle, way of being and understand the life and through it, it’s a place where different people bonds despite the continent, country, culture or religion.
This is a true story that’s started in 1992 in London, where two friend made a bet around a routine Fifa World Cup Qualification game between England National Football Team and their counter part from Republic of Moldova. Tony Hawks made a bet with his friend Arthur Smith, starting prom the premise that if some one is good in football it’s not necessary good at tennis. So the trick of all this bet was that Haws will bit at tennis entire National Football Team of Moldova. So here we have one person with no clue about Moldova, involved in a bet of his life and the outcome of all this was fixed that the looser should sing naked in the middle of the London, National Anthem of Republic of Moldova.
Tony Hawks write a book about his adventures Playing Moldovans at Tennis and then shoot a movie after this in 2012. First information which he gathered in United Kingdom Universities from few Moldovan students, who gave him the first details about South-Easter State just recently declared independence after the collapse of Soviet Union. The hospitality and kindness of the people, the cultural differences east-west, the mistrust and hesitation regarding a simple bet, beating the obstacles and football players on tennis one by one are just a few glimpses of this story.
If it catch your curiosity and attention you can find the links for the book and movie here.
After all his experiences in Republic of Moldova, Tony Hawks get to understand better the realities of this plays, its people and their customs. Few years latter the witter together with some local friends and from England established a Children Care Center for kids with different types of deficiencies and all who need a professional care. On 19th of September 2014 it was extended and renamed after the authors name(Tony Howks Centru), reaching a capacity of 600 beds.
Sharing means Caring and this kind of examples there are often happening nowadays. If people involved in football will continue to help to improve the lives of communities, countries and people around the world, promoting good habits, ideas and progress it’s not a strange thing that it’s popularity grows day by day.
As a result of his support of the children with disadvantages from Republic of Moldova, Tony Howks was awarded on the 12th of June 2017 with the Title: Member of British Empire during the 2017 Birthday Honours Ceremony.