On the eve of the Rio Olympics Philosophy Football have produced a T-shirt design based on the original poster of the 1936 Barcelona People's Olympics. In 1936 the Spanish Republican government refused to send a team to the Berlin Olympics which they correctly feared would be used to sanitise and propagandise the Nazi regime. Instead they organised a 'People's Olympics' in Barcelona which 6,000 athletes joined from across the world. The day before the opening ceremony Franco launched his murderous attack on the Republic to start the Spanish Civil War. The Barcelona Games were cancelled, the athletes were forced to leave though some chose not to return home but to join the International Brigades in their battle for Spain's land and freedom.
Philosophy Football's 80th anniversary shirt for the 'Barcelona Games' celebrate sport, then and now, as resistance.
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