The current arrival of refugees into Germany has sparked a mix of responses, from welcoming parties in cities like Hamburg, to outbreaks of neo-Nazi-led violence in other locations. The country’s football clubs, however, are uniting in a show of solidarity.
Clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 recently invited refugees to their games while banners have been cropping up all over the Bundesliga and lower leagues.
Last summer, a team featuring only refugees entered Germany’s league system. Welcome United, part of fourth division club SV Babelsberg, is made up of refugees from countries including Serbia, Somalia, Syria, Nigeria and Macedonia, and was founded by Babelsburg fans, who sponsored the team and club kits.
Closer to home, this mural is on display at Bohemians’ Dalymount Park.