Israel and Palestine, mixed teams at the Selis tournament

A special team at the World Trophy in Sardinia: 14 10-year-olds united in the “Social Gol” team with David Suazo

From our correspondent Francesco Velluzzi

Ali brings the number 9 and in a few minutes he makes two of them equally old with Calangianus. The Social Gol team’s great experience at the Manlio Selis tournament last night began with a 3-0 victory. Ali and Adam, Aaron and Amit hug. Israelis and Palestinians. For, as FIFA legends David Suazo said in the opening speech, “we are all equal and the barriers are falling”.

Barriers down

Yesterday fell on an epoch day for 14 children in 2011, 7 Israelis and 7 Palestinians, united for the first time by Social Gol, the house of social projects, designed in Tel Aviv by Yacha Maknouz in 2008. Together. Happy. An inclusive event that they will never forget. “These days spent together are more important than a year of training,” said Arturo Cohen, Milanese, 29, for 10 in Jerusalem, technical director of Social Gol, on which Inter Campus also depends. Cohen is a kind of sporty father to these little smiling, hopefuls, full of dreams and emotions. He was to stay a few years in Jerusalem, he is still there to make a living from football and social life. And Suazo yesterday, before posing with them, brought his message and FIFA’s message: “Here is a little piece of our football history written. Of inclusion, life, happiness, purity, feeling, play. Of children who want it’s funny. It’s a message that Fifa likes. It’s the message that Fifa works for every day, every minute, every second. It’s the deep meaning of football. Peace first and foremost. ”Applause, a few tears, emotions.


At the 25th edition of Selis, the event that Enea Selis treats as a son in Gallura, there are between 2009 Psg and Liverpool, Juve and Toro, Milan and Inter, Atalanta, Rome, Cagliari, but the attention is all for these children who landed after a year and a half of intense work on an idea by Stefano Longo and the marketing of Le Coq Sportif, the main sponsor of the tournament, who wanted this dream to come true. And then Wednesday night, wearing Milan and Inter jerseys, the team landed in Olbia. Transfer Colonna Du Golf to Cugnana, where PSG also resides and where the son of Wanda Nara and Maxi Lopez plays well as center-forward. “For 20 minutes our children watched PSG’s in ecstasy. Premier and Champions follow. They were infidels,” said Arturo. The first in Italy was a party: morning at the pool, training in Geo Village, pasta with tomato sauce and there they went crazy Zero meat. Some can not for religious reasons. Only one request, difficult even for the hotel: new pots, to avoid pollution. “We had a lot of fun in the pool”, says Aron, an Israeli who speaks Italian like his father Yacha, the man who works day and night, with passion animates, because this commitment does not allow you to get rich, to create inclusion and something in the social field.The best moment in this unforgettable holiday? Delivery of the technical sponsorship uniforms.White and orange.And a backpack for everything, clothes and memories.On this special day, they mainly exchanged fives and smiles.A delegation of about twenty people who experience this first trip as something special.

The next challenge

Enea Selis smiles. He knows he has done something special. But it does not stop there: “In 2023 I will have a mixed team of Ukrainians and Russians”. He staged a demonstration that the whole of Europe envied him. With a sore heart. Mario Decandia, the 37-year-old Lura’s servant who was killed in Palma de Mallorca a week ago by a Spanish police car while walking around after work, was his nephew, the son of Aeneas’ sister. Today in the village it becomes civic grief. And all will gather around Aeneas and his family. But the show must continue. And tomorrow the final is celebrated in Selis, the tournament that Enea has dedicated to her father Manlio. So many emotions that make you move. But a unique event. It gives something more every year. Also on the social level.

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