• Manchester City manager backs Proactiva’s refugee rescue in Mediterranean
• Since 2015, Barcelona-based NGO has rescued thousands of refugees at sea
The Barcelona-based refugee rescue organisation Proactiva Open Arms, which since 2015 has rescued thousands of migrants and refugees stranded at sea as they make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Europe from North Africa and the Middle East, has enlisted the help of Pep Guardiola, the new manager of Manchester City football club and former manager of Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, in the NGO’s efforts to raise awareness about the ongoing refugee crisis and the group’s emergency rescue work in the Mediterranean.
In a brief YouTube video just released, footage of Guardiola aboard one of the Proactiva rescue boats in the Mediterranean is interwoven with raw footage of the rescue teams working to save the refugees and migrants stranded at sea, with voice-overs in Spanish and Catalan from Manchester City manager saying that he’s known a lot of teams, but there’s one he knows that is “the bravest team in the world,” referring to Proactiva and its work.
Guardiola, who as a player with FC Barcelona was part of legendary manager Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team” that won the club’s first European Cup in 1992, became Barcelona manager in 2008, led the team over the next four years to win multiple Spanish and European league titles, and was named FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2011. Prior to joining Manchester City earlier this year, Guardiola managed Bayern Munich for three years, during which the German Bundesliga team won seven trophies, including the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Cup.
In October, Guardiola appeared in a brief promo video inviting Spaniards to see Astral, the award-winning documentary about Proactiva, featuring dramatic footage shot by well-known Spanish journalist Jordi Évole and the team of the La Sexta television’s Salvados program aboard a Proactiva ship this summer and shown nationwide in mid-October, with proceeds going to support the work of Proactiva with refugees in the eastern Mediterranean.
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