La Coupe du Monde à l’Alliance Française de Chicago
In recognition of the World Cup, the global soccer tournament held every four years, the Alliance is launching a series of programs and events that will examine the importance of soccer in contemporary society – both in France and around the world.
Conversations will address how sports impacts our identities individually and collectively, and its power to inspire and unite diverse groups of people across a variety of borders – geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural.
In partnership with other international organizations in Chicago, our programming will include film screenings, panel discussions, game viewing events and social gatherings. We aim to highlight the participation of numerous Francophone countries in the tournament, including Belgium, Canada, Cameroon, France, Senegal, Morocco, Switzerland, and Tunisia.
World Cup: Live Viewing France v.s. Morocco
WEDNESDAY! COME ONE, COME ALL!
World Cup live viewing of France vs. Morocco
JOIN US FOR AN EXCITING SEMI-FINAL EVENT
Wednesday, December 14th at 1 PM
Now is the time to show your team pride by wearing your jersey and celebrating with others!
BYOE (bring your own everything): Guests are welcome to bring their own refreshments and food but please note that no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium.
DOORS OPEN AT 12:15 P.M.
GAME TIME: 1:00 P.M.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! CLICK HERE TO JOIN US!
December 1 - Cœur de Quartier: Film Screening • Ballon Sur Bitume (Concrete Football)
Join us for a screening of the documentary Ballon sur Bitume (Concrete Football), a celebration of street soccer and its cultural importance in the lives of residents of the French banlieues.
A panel discussion will follow, during which our guest speakers will address themes including the importance of soccer in contemporary society, how sports impacts our identities individually and collectively, and their own personal backgrounds and experiences in the sports world. The focus of the conversation will be on the cultural importance of football in France and around the world, how it brings diverse groups of people together, and the pride of being affiliated with the French team.
Pascal Bedrossian, Former professional soccer player in France and in MLS with Chicago Fire for 13 years
Robert Rixer, Professional soccer player for the Philippines and 2nd tier Australia
Steffen Niemann, Documentary filmmaker of the soccer documentary, The White Puma
David Zaslavsky, member of the AF Chicago Board of Directors (moderator)
EVENT ENDED World Cup: Live Viewing and Panel Discussion
EVENT HAS PASSED
Join us as we kick off our special La Coupe du Monde à l’Alliance Française de Chicago!
In partnership with le Consulat Général de France à Chicago, the Consulate General of Australia, Chicago Sister Cities International Paris and Sydney, French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC), Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce (ANZACC), French in Chicago, and Australians in Chicago.
Before the game starts, we will have a friendly discussion between Didier Chambaron, FIFA Instructor and National Coach for US Soccer, and Robert Rixer, professional soccer player who played in the 2nd tier of Australian soccer (NPL) and later overseas in the Philippines.
This discussion will be moderated by Michele Steele, ESPN National Reporter and Host.
We will also have special performances of the French and Australian national anthems.
Show up and support your team with jerseys and cheers!
Light refreshments will be provided