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Football: The world's most powerful unifier

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The football pitch is a timeless escape for people trapped in embattled surroundings or torturous circumstances.

This seemingly insignificant stretch of grass offers the individual the stage to openly express themselves and evade the pressure of socioeconomics, poverty, racism, discrimination and violence.

This release, no matter how ephemeral, gifts the player a sense of serenity, which can aid alleviation on a therapeutic level.

The setting whether it be in the midst of the intimidating roar of the Türk Telekom Arena or on a third world pitch ravaged by the adverse effects of civil war.

The unmistaken simplicity of the beautiful game still attains its allure and even if only for 90 minutes it unifies 22 people, temporarily eliminating indifferences socially, religiously or racially. 

At first glance the notion of this appears to convey quixotic ideals in what is evidently inauspicious states of affairs but underneath obstacles like this one players have risen to the top of the game in spite of the problematic start they had been afforded early in their lives.

One tale that incontrovertibly shows this is the one of Chelsea FC's Samuel Eto'o. Born in Cameroonian city Douala as one of six children, Samuel along with his brothers weren't blessed with one of the basic essentials of the sport, a football and so using their imagination and utilising what materials they had, the siblings managed to make one of out of a plastic bag. With this they proceeded to play football barefooted for nothing but the love of the game. 

Tirelessly practicing on perfecting his craft from a very early age paid off when Eto'o received the honour of representing the Cameroon national team at just 15-years-old.

However, the youngster was unaware that this match was being watched by former Real Madrid defensive midfielder Pirri, and the Spaniard knew that with this performance he had witnessed someone of immense potential. This was evidence enough for him to convince Real Madrid to sign Samuel Eto'o. 

In 2008, Eto'o was quoted as saying: "I've always said that football is free. I don't know of anything else in the world you can get such an emotional jolt from, to go so quickly from anger to bliss in two minutes.

"Soccer is the only weapon--I take that back-- it is the most important thing in the world, only surpassed by politics. But where politics stops, football begins. Two countries could be at war, but when the game begins they put down their guns."

For some, football is their only hope of survival and shockingly it can be a matter of life and death because if the pursuit of this dream fails, the threat of extreme poverty and starvation loom large. This tragic reality is a sobering thought when looked at from this perspective. 

The game as an art form can be misinterpreted by people who don't understand the true beauty of the game of football. Simplified acts of a kick about between young friends can help bond and install team work to the complexities of the professional game tactically.

Its reminds us why we love this sport and exactly why it's called the beautiful game. 

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