By half time, the score was 6 to 1 with the imams in the lead. The pastors were sweating.
For anyone who had watched the World Cup this summer, the soccer game between Berlin’s Muslim and Protestant leaders seemed pretty tame. There were no penalty cards or injuries and only a brief clash when the pastors’s 6-foot-3-inch tall goalkeeper and an imam forward locked over the ball.
After a moment of tension, the men grinned and gave each other a quick hug.
The balls passed quickly and crisply between the imams throughout the game. The pastors were reduced to watching.
At the far end of the field, the afternoon moved slowly as most of the action took place near the pastors’ goal.
“I wasn’t bored, just under-challenged,” said the imam goalkeeper, Yasin.