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Football Remembers the 1914 Christmas Truce in Kosovo

Players from Kosovo Forces (KFOR) played a game in Kosovo to represent the Christmas Truce match.

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British Ambassador Ian Cliff, German Ambassador to Kosovo Angelika Viets, Deputy Commander KFOR Brigaider General A. Waldner
British Ambassador Ian Cliff, German Ambassador to Kosovo Angelika Viets, Deputy Commander KFOR Brigaider General A. Waldner

On Friday 12 December 14, at Pristina Sports Centre in Kosovo, players from KFOR played a game of football to represent the Christmas Truce match, played in 1914 between German and Allied troops.

The game, organised by the British Embassy, saw representatives take to the field from over 15 of the nations that participated in the First World War. One hundred years on we saw these nations face each other again, this time in a friendly football match. The match carried a message of reconciliation which still has relevance for the Balkans.

Football Remembers the 1914 Christmas Truce

The game was opened from pupils of elementary school “Elena Gjika” and the British and German Ambassadors, as well as senior KFOR officers, were present. The score at the end of the match was, fittingly, a 5-5 draw!

Published 15 December 2014