Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Jose Mourinho will all feature in DAZN’s landmark new interview series, The Making Of, which will see the three icons of modern football relive the games that helped define them.Taking an immersive dive into the moments that made them, each superstar reflects on some of their most memorable matches during the nine-part series – which is released on August 9 – revealing unique insights, recalling the emotion of each occasion and, ultimately, the impact it had on their lives.Among the nine transformational games focused on in The Making Of are Ronaldo’s mythic appearance for Sporting against Manchester United in 2003, while Mourinho dissects his legendary Champions League last-16 victory over the Red Devils in 2004, which saw him sprint down the touchline of Old Trafford in elation as he celebrated with his players. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Brazil hero Neymar’s rise to global prominence comes under close inspection as the forward looks back on his amazing display for Santos against Flamengo in 2011, in which he scored that year’s Puskas Award-winning goal with an outrageous solo effort.The deeply personal reflections of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho are complemented by the illuminating testimonies of others who shared a pitch with them on those fateful nights.World Cup-winner Roberto Carlos, former Manchester United defender John O’Shea and ex Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar feature, as well as Barcelona midfielder Rafinha and current Portugal boss Fernando Santos.The journalists who covered the historic games and the fans who were in the stadium to witness the individual triumphs of Ronaldo, Neymar and Mourinho also deliver their verdicts.Directed by Dan Riley and produced by Ian Henderson, The Making Of combines archive footage with exclusive interviews and user-generated content, with each star coming face-to-face with full-size projections of the matches which thrust them onto new levels of notoriety. It is DAZN’s first global series, following Being Mario Gotze, the documentary series Canelo vs. Rocky, MotoGP documentary In Our Blood and most recently, 40 Days and ABOUT: The story behind the upset of the era, a behind-the-scenes examination of the historic Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr heavyweight title fight.”Football is a sport full of inspiring stories, powered by super-human emotion, sacrifice and ecstasy,” said Grant Best, SVP of Original Programming & Content Development at DAZN.”Our access to these global football icons enabled us to intimately spend time re-living what they feel are some of the greatest moments in their football history, from their perspective, which is incredibly powerful, moving and enlightening.”Our original content aims to engage fans and bring them closer to the sports they love, which The Making Of captures beautifully.”The DAZN Originals series was produced in association with UK-based creative production company Archer’s Mark and will be available to sports fans in the United States and Canada, as well as Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Europe. DAZN subscribers in Japan and Brazil will also be able to tune in.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it and Rwanda have signed tripartite agreements with many African governments on the voluntary return of Rwandan refugees. “The process of convincing all Rwandan refugees to come home is still going on,” the agency says.The UN declared 7 April the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda to remember the mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu Rwandans killed by their Hutu countrymen. The Rwandan Government recently estimated the death toll at 937,000.Among the events scheduled for Wednesday will be a worldwide minute of silence observed in memory of the victims. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser for Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, will represent the UN at ceremonies in the Rwandan capital Kigali, while Mr. Annan will address a special commemorative meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the prevention of genocide in Geneva.In New York, staff from UN Headquarters will march in a circle in front of the UN Secretariat building and observe a minute of silence at the Japanese Garden near the Peace Bell donated by the Government of Japan. The UN General Assembly will also convene a meeting and the UN will host a high-level discussion panel.During the 100-day genocide, refugee camps in neighbouring countries grew to the size of major cities, UNCHR says. There were 200,000 people at Kibumba, in what was then eastern Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and nearly 500,000 refugees in camps in western Tanzania.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) notes that ethnic and regional quotas have been abolished by the Government of National Unity, but the country bears a heavy burden to provide care for hundreds of thousands of children affected by war, genocide and HIV/AIDS. The genocide orphaned some 95,000 children.“The children of Rwanda witnessed unspeakable violence,” says UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “Tens of thousands lost their mothers and fathers. Thousands were victims of horrific brutality and rape. The impact of the tragedy simply cannot be overstated.”Thousands of children, some as young as 7, were forced into military operations and compelled to commit violent acts against their will. Many of them were then jailed for these atrocities.Major gaps exist in the provision of psychosocial care services and peace education, UNICEF says.In the settlement of Buremera, where UNHCR built houses for returnees, as well as for vulnerable local citizens, Deocratien Kadeyi, 66, a Tutsi man who survived by fleeing his village and sleeping under banana leaves for five days, says reconciliation has taken hold in the hearts of Rwandans, nonetheless. “Several years ago we started to forget what happened.”At the Gikongoro Memorial, where the preserved bodies of genocide victims bear mute witness to the horrific ways in which they died, Emmanuel Murangira haltingly tells the story of how he lost 50 members of his extended family.Asked if Rwanda could experience another genocide, he eventually says: “I don’t fear another genocide. The genocide was carried out by people. If they understand it’s a bad thing, they are not going to repeat it.”Photo Gallery: – Collection on peacekeeping in 1994- Exhibit at UN Headquarters