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Power of Football!

How the former Chelsea star and Ivory Coast forward used the power of football to end his country's civil war.

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I found this series "Football Rebels" on Al Jazeera really inspiring. This one about Didier Drogba shows how using his fame as a tool for social change Drogba decided to act to save his country by appealing to politicians, warring factions and his own people for peace.

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Oh, awesome. I think big stars, whether it be sports or other forms of entertainment, can really make a difference, especially if their performances unite nations. I wasn't aware of this series, but as a big football fan, especially of the esthetic and cultural side of it, I'm very happy you shared it!

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Glad you liked it, Arjan! I love the series.

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On the football note and how it links to social change, it's also worth checking out The Forbidden Team - a documentary that portrays the political struggles of Tibet via football. A group of social entrepreneurs from a Danish management school KaosPilots decided to facilitate the first ever match of the Tibetan Football Team and bring them to Denmark to play against Greenland. You can watch a snippet of it here and the whole documentary here

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