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why do soccer players walk out with children

Children have appeared with football players at least since the 1990s either as one mascot for each team or one for every player. The was one of the first major events where player escorts appeared with every footballer. In club games children are usually members of youth teams or contest winners. Since 2002 or escorts are selected in a competition hosted by, sponsor of the event. There are various reasons why players walk in with children. These include promoting children rights campaigns, bringing the element of innocence to the game, fulfilling children dreams or making profit of it. On some occasions there can be special escorts. For example,
players walked out with their mothers on and players walked out with dogs to raise awareness to stray dogs problem.

Some famous players like used to be player escort in their childhood. Although I m not a diehard soccer fan, IБve really been enjoying the thrills and drama of the World Cup in. But there are a lot of quirks of the sport I still donБt get: Why are the players always falling down and pretending to be hurt, when they clearly are not? Why is it so hard to figure out how much time is left in the game (stoppage time? what is that? )? These are good questions, but the one that s been intriguing me is this: whatБs the deal with the little kids who hold the playersБ hands as they walk into the stadium before the national anthems and the kickoff? You know what I mean: before each game starts, the players walk onto to the field (no, IБm not going to call it the Б pitch Б sorry) lined up single file, the two teams side-by-side following the referees.

And each player is accompanied by a cute youngster wearing soccer garb. It is certainly quite adorable. But what does it mean? Who are these kids? The tradition of Бmatch mascotsБ, as they are known in the British Premier League, dates back as long as anyone can remember. On club teams, the youngsters are usually members of the teamsБ youth development programs. It makes for a beautiful image as the men of the team symbolically pass along their love of the game to the next generation, and of course itБs a huge thrill and honor for the young athletes! In a sport as hotly contested as world class football, it also helps to have cute little kids around so the athletes donБt let their testosterone-fueled competitiveness get them into pre-game skirmishesБ At this yearБs World Cup, McDonaldБs is sponsoring the program that brought more than 1,400 kids (and their parents! ) from around the world to Brazil to escort the stars of their countries on to the fields of glory (which accounts for why the kids uniforms are in McDonalds colors, not those of their team).

It is yet another beautiful tradition in a beautiful game, and the players seem to get a kick out of it as well. Even English team superstar Wayne Rooney was once a Бmatch mascotБ for his local team, Everton. I hope youБve been having as much fun as I have getting to know more about soccer and about Brazil during this yearБs exciting World Cup.

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