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I Am Not Haile – Haile Gebreselassie

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 28, 2012

My note: Gebre Selassie is a common Christian name across Ethiopia. According to the German phone book registration, there are about 24 Gebre Selassies in Germany.

Like the vast majority of Ethiopian names, the origin of the name, Gebreselassie / Gebre Selassie has an Ethiopian Christian origin.

  • Gebreselassie is a composition of two words; Gebre and Selassie.
  • Gebre means Servant; Criado / Siervo (Spanish)
  • Selassie means Trinity; Trinidad (Spanish)

In the Spanish speaking world “Trinidad Criado” or “Siervo de Díos” are also widely used names.

  • Gebre Egziabher = Servant of God / Siervo de Díos (Spanish)
  • Gebre Mariam = Servant of Mary / Siervo de Maria (Spanish)
  • Haile Selassie = Power of The Trinity / Poder de la Trinidad (Spanish)
  • Haile Mariam = Power of Mary
  • Selassie = Trinity (as in the Holy Trinity)
    Haile = My Power
  • Haile Gebreselassie = My power, Servant of The Trinity

Now, back to Theodor Gebre Selassie:

Gebre Selassie out to establish himself

“I want to assert myself as soon as possible in the Bundesliga, which is one of the best leagues in the world,” said the 25-year-old at his official presentation on Tuesday.

Selassie: “I immediately accepted”

Selassie was a key player in his country’s participation at EURO 2012, nullifying the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo for large periods of their quarter-final tie last Thursday, before the Portuguese struck the winner late on. For Selassie, the chance to play in Germany’s top-flight was too good to resist: “I immediately and happily accepted Bremen’s offer,” said the defender, who will now take a two-week holiday before returning for pre-season training in mid-July.

The son of a Czech teacher and an Ethiopian doctor, Selassie insists his father did not name him after his compatriot and world renowned distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, as was widely reported during the European Championship. “That sounds nice, but it’s not true. Gebre Selassie is the name I was born with.”

 

Source: Bundesliga Germany

 

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Euro 2012: New Racism Row As Czech Republic Star Theodor Gebre Selassie Is Targeted by Russia Fan

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 10, 2012

My note: It is a riddle to me why the skin color is still so important to many ‘white’ folks out there. Theodor Gebre Selassie was born to an Ethiopian father and a Czech mother, the Czech federation didn’t have any problem nominating him for the national side from the Czech champions, FC Slovan Liberec. Theodor was one of the few Czech players who sang the Czech National Anthem properly the other night, and he was one of the best Czech players on the opening match against Russia. Russia, of all the nations — as an Orthodox Christian country, and as the birthplace of her greatest poet of Ethiopian descent, Alexander Pushkin –  is supposed to use a culturally sensitive approach in dealing with Ethiopians and people of African origin.

The European Championship was hit by fresh allegations of racism on Saturday, as it was claimed Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was abused by Russian supporters.

Officials from campaign group Football Against Racism in Europe claimed Gebre Selassie was subjected to racist insults as he went to take a corner during his side’s 4-1 defeat by Russia in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Friday.

Our observer reported descriptions of that nature and it was directed at the Czech Republic’s only black player,” Fare executive director Piara Powar said. “We are trying to get evidence, but it’s not always possible to capture it on film.”

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