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May 13, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Spain

FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves shows love for Special Olympics

By Maureen Rabbitt

Brazilian football star and FC Barcelona defender, Dani Alves, has shared his passion for the game with Special Olympics footballers in Barcelona just days before the annual Special Olympics European Football Week kicks off. “It is important for me to support Special Olympics. We are all equal on the playing field. We can all change our lives through the joy of football,” Alves said.

Special Olympics European Football Week takes place this year from May 17th to 25th with more than 55,000 Special Olympics athletes participating in 420 events across 50 European countries. Supported by UEFA since the year 2000, the week focuses on bringing the wider football community together to promote more opportunities in soccer for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Always a vocal advocate for equal opportunity and respect in football, Dani Alves has been an Ambassador for Special Olympics since 2011. 

About Maureen Rabbitt: I am Communications & Brand Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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