People in the New World, the Americas and Australia, are fairly used to multiculturalism.  The majority of the populations in almost all our countries (Bolivia may be the exception) are immigrants from foreign lands.  We are a big mixture and proud of it.

Watching the World Cup, as is most of the world, I couldn’t help but notice that nationality stereotypes have been thrown out the window and many old world teams are more and more multicultural.

Almost all the teams have players who could play for another country.  The photo here is of the French team with many visible minorities.

There are five players on the US team also eligible to play for Germany: Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Timmy Chandler and Julian Green, as well as a Norwegian, and an Icelander.

But then the German team, itself, has players who could also play for Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, Poland, and Ghana.  In fact, while Jerome Boateng plays for Germany, his half-brother, Kevin-Prince Boateng plays for Ghana.

Even the Swiss team was led by players originating in the Balkans (Xhaka, Shaqiri), even Côte d’Ivoire (Djourou).  We could go on and on.

Soccer shows us that Europe is catching up with the rest of the world.  Almost every successful team has a mixture of players that more resembles Toronto than their own country 30 years ago.  But then most of the players weren’t even born 30 years ago.

Sports teams are a great way of demonstrating how people of different backgrounds can work together as a team. And there is no bigger stage than the World Cup.  Expect the same kinds of profiles in the Olympics.

We better learn the lesson about working well with folks who are not in our own tribes.  In the future with the kind of easy mobility available to us and the desire to migrate to better opportunities, few countries will be homogeneous for long.

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