John Vink Diego Maradona celebrating Argentina victory of World Cup at Azteca stadium. Mexico June 29, 1986. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri Ipanema beach. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 1958. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Nikos Economopoulos Young Kurds. Near Erzurum, Turkey. 1991 © Nikos Economopoulos | Magnum Photos
Marc Riboud Young boy playing football. Turkey. Istanbul. 1986. © Marc Riboud | Magnum Photos
Peter Marlow Football stadium. El Obeid, Sudan.1997. © Peter Marlow | Magnum Photos
Abbas Young girls in Islamic school uniforms play football in their high-school courtyard.Tehran, Iran. 1998. © Abbas | Magnum Photos

Across the world, it’s fair to say that after eating and breathing, football occupies a high place in the global unification table. More than just 22 men kicking a ball around a field, football stirs passions beyond enlightened, rational thought. Governments rise or fall according to results, and even a war was started immediately after one match between El Salvador and Honduras. But football’s greatest asset is its ability to offer the fan a true window to the world crossing racial, political, religious and social divides that blight so much of our lives.

The exhibition features 32 photographs by 28 Magnum photographers and is organized by Institut français in Turkey. The exhibition is taking place at the following locations:

  • Ankara from March 1–30, 2016
  • Adana from April 15–May 15, 2016
  • Istanbul from June 10–October 15, 2016