The vast contribution that Europe has made to Australian Football is the subject being celebrated by Optus Sport over the next 100 days, coming to a climax on June 13th with the kick-off for the UEFA Euro Tournament. It’s in the form of a new series produced by the sports channel group called Football Belongs which celebrates stories of immigrants and the traditions they’ve brought with them to our beautiful country via dancing, festivals, food, music, and wine.
The feature-length series will be 13 parts long and will deliver more than 100 interviews with an array of important Australians and legends-of-the-game. The question-and-answer session list includes two FIFA World Cup coaches from this country, Ange Postecoglou and Rale Rasic, along with motivator extraordinaire Frank Arok.
Legendary Socceroos like Adrian Alston, John Aloisi, Mark Bresciano, Mark Schwarzer, Milan Ikanovic, Ray Richards, Tony Popovic, Zeljko Kalac, and others will also share how they’ve experienced our country’s unique mix of cultures from various migrant communities mixing with our own.
And finally, popular media personalities like television presenter George Donkian and comedians Nick Gainnopoulos and Santo Cilauro will weigh in about how Football has shaped their lives.
There’s no way to say it other than Australian Football has been woven with thread imported from Europe, and Football Belongs strives to capture the culture and passion of people for whom The Beautiful Game became a way to put roots down in what would go on to become a second home, says Richard Bayliss, Director of Sport at Optus.
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