a football club brings together migrants and refugees


An Italian football club is made up exclusively of refugees and migrants. Sant’Ambroeus FC is unanimous in its Milan district.

Football against racism. For this small Milan football club, it is not a glossy advertisement featuring wealthy world-famous footballers, but the very essence of its existence and the main idea behind its founding.

Saint Ambroeus is the first football team made up of refugees and migrants from outside the European Union to be affiliated with the Italian Football Federation in northern Italy.

« We are a multi-ethnic, working-class football team and we try to be both a social and football point of reference in the city of Milan.« , explains Daniele Raduazzo, the club’s sporting director. « We use football as a means of integration, social, exchange and knowledge and, in addition, a very valid means to fight against racism.« 

A club founded in 2016

The club was founded 5 years ago with the aim of offering migrants and refugees a chance to make friends and integrate into society, but its leaders are still fighting against the Italian laws that regulate their stay in the country.

« If on the one hand the Italian Federation has been very enthusiastic about our affiliation, on the other hand we have to face laws which go beyond the football federation; these laws have shaped the Italian state’s approach to migration over the past 30 years and they are repressive and liberticidal laws« , assures the president of St Ambroeus, Davide Salvadori.

Malians, Moroccans, Senegalese, Guineans, Cameroonians …

Issa Doumbia, player of St. Ambroeus, relishes his happiness to share his passion with footballers from all walks of life.

 » Here we have black and white people, white people with black people. There are people from Mali, Senegal, Guinea or Cameroon, there are many countries, a Moroccan too. We all play together. « 

This football club occupies an important place throughout the city of Milan: migrants and refugees now play on the same team as the locals and they can also take Italian lessons to strengthen their integration process. This is not just a commercial, but the very essence of football.

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