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Copa90 is founded on a principal that football is more than just a business, and the stories that connect us to this game should be told by its most loyal stake holders, the fans.  After over 3 years and more than 1,000 videos, we are dedicated to telling the football stories that matter most to you.  It is for that very reason that we decided it was time search the world to make Eli’s dream job a reality for 6 new lucky finalists.
 
In July we opened up the In Search Of competition and your response was overwhelming.  After receiving thousands of videos from around the world, we narrowed the search down to 18 lucky contestants.  Now that we have traveled across 6 continents; You, the CopaFam, have voted in the tens of thousands to pick your winners, and here they are:
 
Prez – USA:
 
I’m a guy from a small town on the outskirts of the biggest city in the world, Queens (ayyee!). Though football has always been a part of my the culture of my family it wasn’t an active part of my life until I was old enough to appreciate it (you can bring a horse to water, amiright?).

I remember the first time I laid eyes on Zizou in the 98 world cup, the first time I heard the swell of hymns of active support, and my life was completely changed forever. From that moment on I couldn’t get enough.
 
Jessica – Brazil:
 
From photos, to videos and testimonial of relatives: I have an arsenal of records showing my instant connection to the rounder ball. I just naturally adored it. And when I got older enough to start to grasp the concepts of what we call football, my passion evolved into love, the eternal kind.

In my life, football is not restricted to a 90 minutes game. I devour it by reading books, magazines and articles (and writing some), by listening to podcasts from worldwide and, since a couple of years ago, by spending a lot of time to watch football channels on youtube. I came across Copa90 due to a FifaPlaya video, but the short documentaries and the devotion to the fans that made me stay.

As I had fallen in love almost at first sight with Copa90, it seemed pretty natural to apply to “In Search Of”. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity as I could deeply related to the purpose of the channel. And I f****** love football.

It is a great joy to be among the three finalists. Nevertheless, my ambition goes beyond that. I hope I can show you guys why I would be a great voice to represent South America’s passion fever for the most loved game in the world.

I grew up with the football. For one year I lived with my family in Turkey & for one year in Germany changed every year until I was 5 years old.

When I came in the kindergarten I was not able to speak german properly. I just knew “ja” (yes), “nein” (no) and that simple stuff.
My passion for football developed with my language. After I learned to walk and was able to run as a child, I was always kicking the ball against the wall while screaming “PAHCEEEE”.

My parents and ma grandparents thought that I would have an handicap or something like that because they never knew what I wanted to say. One day my father was watching a Fenerbahce match on TV and when I saw it, I ran straight to the TV and started shouting “PAHCEEEE! PAHCEEEE!”. That was the moment when my family knew that I was already in love with this team & this sport. Luckily it hasn’t changed.
 
Abu – Kenya:
 
I’m the guy who shows up late to the football party with a train carriage full of beer and a plane freight full of snacks. So everyone has no choice but to cheer at my arrival. I found my place in the society via football without knocking on the door twice.

It’s the perfect icebreaker in any situation and due to that, it’s the only tool that I’ve used to become a social-outspoken-introvert, who shows his true-self in the light of the game. I’m on the road to pay much attention on Kenya’s and African football as a whole and bring new angles of stories/storytelling in fields never before covered.

It’s gonna be awesome!
 
Ahmad – Malaysia:
 
I’m 21 years old and I’ve been a fan of the beautiful game since I was at the tender age of 7. First game I went to was a local game between my hometown team Negeri Sembilan vs Perak which we won 5-0!

That was arguably the moment that made it all for me. I love the feeling of goose bumps you get when you enter the stadium and see the stadium lights shining above your eyes, damn that raises the hair at the back of my neck. My favorite team is Selangor FA the most decorated team in the Malaysian league, never missed a home game i might add, I’m a football addict. There’s nothing that could cure this addiction, in fact football has cured me instead.
 
Tatiyana – Australia:
 
I am Assyrian. I don’t have a country to call my own. My parents fled Iraq in the late 80’s. Even though that is our ancestral homeland – Assyrians are a persecuted minority in that part of the world. They were living illegally in Iran when they had me. So right from the minute I was born, I was somewhere I didn’t belong.

We moved to New Zealand when I was four. Even at a young age, it was huge culture shock. Football was something I used to see my dad play and watch, and then I would see the kids play at school. It was the first comparison I was able to draw between my home life and my school life. I made the connection and built the bridge between the two. It worked. So when I moved to Australia as a teen, I did the same thing. Football is my superhero, always has my back.* I know I’m not the only one with a unique story – Those stories deserve to be heard, and I’d like to be the one to help tell them.

*Has broken my heart on occasion.
 
Meti – Germany:
 
I grew up with the football. For one year I lived with my family in Turkey & for one year in Germany changed every year until I was 5 years old. When I came in the kindergarten I was not able to speak german properly. I just knew “ja” (yes), “nein” (no) and that simple stuff.

My passion for football developed with my language. After I learned to walk and was able to run as a child, I was always kicking the ball against the wall while screaming “PAHCEEEE”. My parents and ma grandparents thought that I would have an handicap or something like that because they never knew what I wanted to say. One day my father was watching a Fenerbahce match on TV and when I saw it, I ran straight to the TV and started shouting “PAHCEEEE! PAHCEEEE!”. That was the moment when my family knew that I was already in love with this team & this sport. Luckily it hasn’t changed.

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