Not very soccer related, but today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square student protests. It is one of the formative political events of my childhood.
I had just reached double digits in age in 1989 and little did I know the world was about to change more drastically than it had in nearly 30 years. The next six months would mark the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the beginning of the unraveling of the Soviet Union.
The above image was seen around the world and is seen as a symbol of freedom from, defiance of, and courage in the face of tyranny. Although, China certainly is not a “free” country in Western eyes.
So I ask you, does soccer have its proverbial Tank Man? If so, who is it?
Also, I encourage you to read this post about the four photographers who took photographs of this incident.
[Photo: Jeff Widener/Associated Press]