Zidane magic lights up Hampden Park as it may not be obvious to all that this ground and Real Madrid have a very close relationship

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Although the two are almost 1,500 miles apart, the Scottish venue has a very special place in the hearts of Los Blancos supporters.

The home of Scottish football, Hampden Park has played host to a multitude of cup finals and has been the stage of some stunning European performances. Those of a certain vintage will remember Real Madrid’s incredible final against Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960.

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Pelè and his historical involvement for world peace, international children rights and poverty alleviation

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After retiring from football in 1977, Pelé concentrated on using his fame to work for causes he believed in, ranging from world peace to international children’s rights and poverty alleviation.

In 1994 Pelé was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, a role that recognizes people that wield incredible influence to contribute to world peace and security by promoting international collaboration.

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France’s relationship with sports, specifically football, has always been a bit disjointed as acedemia played their part

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The origin of this dynamic is vastly driven by historic socioeconomic division. Even the success of Just Fontaine and the national team in the late 1950’s did not upend this prejudice. There remained an overriding sentiment that academia should take precedence over sports interests.

This seems ironic given the fact that both the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships were created by the French. Like Jules Rimet and the World Cup, the European Championship itself was proposed by a French gentleman by the name of Henri Delaunay in 1927. The tournament began in 1958, three years following Delaunay’s death in 1955. The trophy still bears his name today. 

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