On this day in 2020, Atalanta Bergamo hosted Valencia in a final-16 Champions League match. It was a superspreading event of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Migration from shanty town to global fame and struggle.
From mining to a goal scoring, but ending in misery and suicide.
An electric talent, blessed and cursed with his celebrity.
Retired from football to help others suffering from depression.
Though a legendary goalscorer, he never earned more than £20 per week. His story is about identity and education.
Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to be transferred for £1 million and was the first high-level footballer to “come out” as a gay man.
Robert Enke was a successful goalkeeper who sadly took his own life. His story is one of depression and mental health.
John Blankenstein was a respected referee, and is remembered for being an activist for LGBT rights. His story is one about social equality and exclusion.
Mario Balotelli was bound to be a major star, but he faced a turbulent career as a young player. Racist abuse and many controversies are etched in his career. His story is one of racism, diversity and a reminder that Football has some way to go still.