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A European language

As the Champions League rolls round once again, Uefa's man in Brussels argues that football can help nourish a European sense of identity

By Jonathan Hill   February 2008

Football has always offered a microcosm of society. As supporters and citizens, we watch our frustrations and hopes play out in the stadium. As the sport becomes ever more lucrative, we witness the same political and economic dynamics that have always driven our communities. In football too, the riches of a few contrast with the more modest resources of the many, and yet the various protagonists manage to live side by side, unequal but ultimately part of the same family. As for the players and fans, citizens of the football state, their occasional confrontation with bigotry and violence merely reflects…

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