This month, Manchester United and Spain midfielder Juan Mata revealed his support for Common Goal – a collective fund run by Berlin-based streetfootballworld, which represents a group of 120 charities in 80 countries. Mata had appealed for 10 other players to follow suit and Hummels, the defender who was part of the Germany squad which won the 2014 World Cup, is the first to come forward.
“As soon as I heard of Common Goal I knew this was a chance for football to improve our world, and I wanted to be part of it,” he said. “I feel we could be doing more to connect the increasing revenues in football to some kind of deeper purpose. This is what struck me about Common Goal. Through the 1% pledge, we’re building a bridge between football and its social impact around the world.
“I believe that Common Goal can make a real and lasting impact. I’m putting the call out to all my fellow footballers: join Juan and me and help to take the game to the next level.”
Mata said: “I don’t actually know Mats personally, so I was pleasantly surprised when he contacted me to talk Common Goal. He really gets what we’re trying to achieve and is the perfect team-mate to have on board at this early stage. The fact that a World Cup holder – at the peak of his career with one of the biggest clubs on the planet – has chosen to make the pledge shows the power and magic of what we’re doing.
“The reception to Common Goal has been amazing so far and I have no doubt Mats’ involvement will inspire more players to join.”
All proceeds will be pooled into the collective fund that will go towards a series of projects run by streetfootballworld, who use football as a tool to tackle social issues ranging from gender equality in India to peacebuilding in Colombia to refugee integration in Germany.
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