Friday, July 27, 2007

'Best Feet Forward' - Drogba and the Ivorian Civil War

As the latest Vanity Fair article on the Ivory Coast and Didier Drogba suggests, football can heal a wounded nation.

Drogba and his compatriots are the subjects of a massive article in the American magazine of culture, fashion, and politics about their latest African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar.

It's the latest in a line of articles depicting Drogba and mates as a soothing tonic to the national problems in the Ivory Coast, which is battling a civil war.

As author Austin Merrill points out in the article, '... victory, per se, wasn't so much the point. You didn't have to look hard to see that there was much more at stake than just a soccer match. On this day, the Beautiful Game had reunited a country. ... To everyone in the stadium, and to millions of others across Ivory Coast, Didier Drogba had just ended his country's civil war.'

Big words for a big player. Take the time to read the article about the healing power of the Beautiful Game. It's well worth your time.

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