There are six of them, all playing in the jersey of the popular and successful Real Madrid. Karim Benzema, Ferland Mendy, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurélien Tchouaméni are respectively of Algerian, Senegalese, Angolan and Cameroonian origin. David Alaba has a Nigerian father, Antonio Rüdiger’s mother is Sierra Leonean, and all these players have the distinction of being all born in Europe. Only Camavinga was born far from where he plays football today, but his parents left Angola for France when he was only two years old.
Rüdiger, born in Berlin, international 🇩🇪
Mendy, born in Meulan, int. 🇬🇧
Tchouameni, born in Rouen, int. 🇬🇧
Alaba, born in Vienna, int. 🇦🇹
Camavinga, born in Miconje (🇦🇴) in 2002, in France since 2003, int. 🇬🇧
Benzema, born in Lyon, int. 🇬🇧
Shame, @brand. Who could validate that. https://t.co/ufKJKuI2zc
— Alexandre Aflalo (@aflaalex) June 27, 2022
The very serious Spanish sports daily Brand, specializing in the club from the Spanish capital, devoted a little happy to them on Monday, June 27. In the middle of the photos of the six players appears the title “Africa Power” (the power of Africa), against the background of a map of the continent on which we can distinguish a savannah and some animals typical of a fantasy Africa: camels, giraffes… “Although Real’s major recruiting grounds are Argentina or Brazil, the club has, in recent years, developed a path that is getting stronger with Camavinga, Alaba and Tchouaméni. Today, African blood is present in Madrid,” writes the Spanish media. Except that if these six players have African ancestry, all grew up in Europe and were trained in European clubs…
” Clumsiness “
Just released, this edition of Brand immediately drew very strong criticism on social networks. Some refer to an attempt pour the little clumsy to talk about Real Madrid, others see it as a certain form of ignorance or speak of provocation and racism. Faced with these reactions, the editorial managers of the sports daily attempted, on Tuesday, June 28, to provide some clarification to explain their choice.
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“There was no desire to create controversy or be racist by talking about the African roots of these players. This one may be a clumsiness. It may not be true, because obviously they are not African players, we know that”, admitted journalist Pablo Polo to our colleagues at RMC, “perhaps the front page is false, but I assure you that I am sorry. I apologize if there were people who thought this one was racist. But, honestly, I would like to assure you that the will of Brand was never to be racist. »
Brand wanted to talk about Real differently, as the Spanish journalist clarified. He succeeded in doing so, undoubtedly beyond his expectations. But not necessarily as he had initially wish…