Social inclusion, Communities

Let's play football, cook and share !


Who is behind this?

Marius Tudor

Center of Resources for Social Inclusion CRIS


Who is joining forces?

ERGO Network


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Imagine an European Roma football team formed by Roma MEPs, doctors, university teachers, ministries, architects, engineers, scientists, artists and famous Roma football players, traveling across Europe, playing football, cooking and sharing positive stories together with journalists and locals in Europe, inspiring communication and mutual understanding between Roma and non Roma European citizens, promoting tolerance and equality for minorities in Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, France, Czech Republic, Italy, UK and Romania

Why does Europe need your idea?

We are addressing discrimination against Roma.Collective guilt, vigilante justice, and the scapegoating of entire ethnic groups have no place in an open European society. As someone who is proud to be of Romani decent and has worked for social justice for 10 years, I fear that reactions to the negative news inflamed by irresponsible media, easily provoke widespread violence in the days ahead. Innocent people will pay the price for this careless spreading of myths and prejudice.

What is your impact?

We are aiming to break down negative stereotypes and build friendships and understanding between Roma and non-Roma in Europe. We are aiming to promote positive stories and role models of successful Roma, in European media.We are aiming to provide a positive alternative to the bad image of Roma in Europe.

How do you get there?

We will bring together Roma famous positive examples in a European Football team. We will travel for 8 months in 8 European Countries, in a traditional painted and remodeled Roma bus. The bus will have a special kitchen place incorporated. In each country we will meet at least 10 journalists and 100 locals. We will play football together in each of the location's football arena, we will cook and eat traditional Roma food and we will share our football team members positive stories with the journalists and locals in every country through story telling and video projection.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We are doing it for a equal and tolerant Europe. We are doing it for Europe's most repressed people. Its 12 million Roma gain popular currency again. We are doing it for at least 80 journalists and 800 hundred locals in 8 European Countries, trying to create positive attitude towards Roma, promoting tolerance and mutual understanding among people of Europe.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The most surprising is the European Roma football team made by Roma elites, personalities, the painted and remodeled bus, traveling for 8 months across 8 countries in Europe, used to share the stories, history, to cook and share traditional Roma food with journalists and locals. Football, again, is a great tool to connect people of all backgrounds. Just imagine Roma players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Andreea Pirlo playing football with journalists and locals in France or Italy.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

1. buying a bus: 10000 euro, remodeling the bus: 10000 euro, travel and accommodation: 15000, food: 5000 euro, personnel costs: 10000 euro

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Please tell us what Roma personalities you would like to meet? We know many, do you know any?



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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