What’s your nationality: Post-world cup reflections

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France just won the World Cup and it was a full blown street party this past weekend. Horns blowing, people with an extra pep in their step, high-fives in the street, flags proudly waved (also because the final match coincidentally fell on the same weekend as Bastille Day), fists in the air, commraderie and acceptance – we are all France.

So obviously we are not French. 

80% of the team is of African origin

Half of the team is muslim

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What does this mean for the future of national sports? I know the French team is not the only case, many other European countries had a 11 man line up with different colors and faiths joined under FIFA’s mandate to score goals and bring home a trophy.

The current buzz is calling the French team a colonial team, composed of a team with roots in countries that were colonized by France in the past.

Another perspective is the French victory could have social positive social in an ever-dividing world, and help bring us together.

Earlier this year, an illegal Malian immigrant, dubbed “spiderman”, climbed up an apartment façade, saved a small toddler who was dangling from a Paris balcony. Mamoudou Gassama, 22, tried to cross the Mediterranean in March 2014 to reach Italy, but was caught by police. Four years later, Gassama risked his life to save another and was then offered French citizenship and a job as a firefighter.

Ministers said the citizenship process would be expedited, although Gassama can’t legally be granted citizenship right away.

 French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 28, 2018. Thibault Camus/Pool via Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 28, 2018. Thibault Camus/Pool via Reuters

 

I wonder what the future will be like. Will we have nationalities? If so, will we earn them based on our merits? Like you earn a degree? Maybe you can buy it online?  If you are especially talented, perhaps you can be recruited for the national army or a sports team? What if we started training the refugees and migrants in Calais to be good at sports? Or groom them to serve in civil service roles to improve society overall and contribute to public service.  

What do you think?