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Diana Al Shammari

Diana is from California but grew up in Iraq, within a culture in which it was frowned upon for females to play football. This has led her to write about issues within the game that are culturally rooted with the aim to voice these to a wider audience. For inspirational writing and for work on the cultural side of football, please read Diana's brilliant work.

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Diana is from California but grew up in Iraq, within a culture in which it was frowned upon for females to play football. This has led her to write about issues within the game that are culturally rooted with the aim to voice these to a wider audience. For inspirational writing and for work on the cultural side of football, please read Diana's brilliant work.

I fell in love with the beautiful game from a very young age. Despite being born in a Middle Eastern country, in which it was uncommon for to girls to like or play football, but this didn’t stop my passion. For me, football is more than a sport, it’s a way of life.

What is your favourite Copa90 video and why?

Oh man, this is a really difficult question. Can I pick them all? Okay, I love the Derby Days series and probably watched all videos more than once. But one of them stood out for me,

The Belgrade Derby. I’m really into derbies and the Belgrade derby has it all from flares, to tifos, to singing and jumping. The atmosphere seems amazing. I have talked to many Serbians that have experienced it and it definitely lives up to its hype of being arguably the most intense derby in Europe.

What is the best football game you have seen and why?

Another difficult question, best football game I would say the 2005 Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan. Milan had arguably one of the best lineups in Europe, were up 0-3 in the 1st half, everyone thought they were going to win. Then all of the sudden Liverpool, the underdogs, equalize and win on penalties. One of the best comebacks I have ever seen.

What is your favourite football snack?

Pretzel crisps are my all-time favorite. All flavors, I don’t discriminate.

Who is your footballing idol?

Zinedine Zidane is my idol. Ever since I was little, I was always mesmerized by his elegance, class, and breathtaking talent. Watching him play was like art in motion, it doesn’t matter if he scores a goal or not, everyone around him was playing better when he was on the field. For me, he is the best footballer of his generation.

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