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A special team for soccer diversity in Germany

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 27 August 2014) The former East German footballer Marcus Urban and his association are trying to put together a team of gay and friendly football. Objective: To play a match against a Bundesliga team, to encourage gay footballers not to hide.

Team Diversity website
Marcus Urban: Website | Facebook page

How many gay professional footballers in Germany? © Verein für Sport und Gesellschaft in Vielfalt .
How many gay professional footballers in Germany? © Verein für Sport und Gesellschaft in Vielfalt .

Team Diversity, a soccer rainbow sky

Marcus Urban, 43, is now a spokesman for the Association of Diversity in Sport and Society (Verein für Sport und Gesellschaft in Vielfalt), who brought the project.
operation is to create the diversity team (Team Vielfalt) with gay or bisexual footballers but also with straight players displaying a friendly support.

Once complete, the team will play a variety charity match with a team from the German league (Bundesliga). Or, says Marcus Urban citing names, with other prestigious French team (Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux, Lyon), English (Manchester United) or Spanish (FC Barcelona).

11 fielders, two shirts were sold, including a homo and hetero. One is midfielder (remember that Marcus Urban evolved at this position of the 1980s and 1990s), the other center-back.
holders name will be revealed only when the task will be complete in diversity. Meanwhile, each office holder is represented by a white jersey (see illustration above).

St. Pauli, second division club, supports the initiative and promised to offer the jerseys to players  of the Diversity Team.

Marcus Urban is given one year to complete his team and find himself an opponent of prestige.

Marcus Urban: coming out late but active

The footballer Marcus Urban spent most of his career at FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt, the club of the former East Germany, where he developed into the second division as a midfielder in 1980 and after reunification during the next decade.

He came out of the closet in November 2007, well after hanging up his boots. The following year, he published a biography entitled The hidden player, or the history of gay footballer Marcus Urban (Versteckspieler. Die Geschichte des schwulen Fußballers Marcus Urban). This book had a great impact in Germany and earned Marcus Urban the role as appointed adviser for diversity in cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Weimar, according to Wikipedia .

Marcus Urban also handles project "Football against homophobia" in the Magnus-Hirschfeld Foundation (Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld).

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via The Daily Mail from 26 August 2014)

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