Part of the Guardian Football Passport series
5 October ~ Liberi Nantes are the first football team in Italy made up of refugees and migrants. Every player has crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Lampedusa. Competing in the Terza Categoria, Italy’s bottom division, they can never get promoted because of the country’s rules on the amount of non-Italian players in a squad. However, that is not their aim. The team were formed by a Lazio fan, Alberto Urbinati, who was annoyed with the persistent racism throughout Italian football. Below, he speaks to the Guardian about why he founded the club.