Living in Sydney, Tatiyana regularly attends her beloved Western Sydney Wanderers. She is fascinated by the cultural elements involved in the game and has a passion for uncovering stories that deserve to be told. If you're looking for stories related to the cultural side of the game, then give Tatiyana a follow.
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Living in Sydney, Tatiyana regularly attends her beloved Western Sydney Wanderers. She is fascinated by the cultural elements involved in the game and has a passion to uncover stories that deserve to be told. If the stories related to the cultural side of the game is what your after, then give Tatiyana a follow.
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.
What is your favourite Copa90 video and why?
Partizan v Red Star Derby Days Ep. It’s such an Iconic Derby – infamous in the footballing community. The video gave such a good insight, I could feel the tension!
What is the best football game you have seen and why?
Oh, this is too tough it’s almost unfair. Like choosing a favourite child or something. It’s a recent one. Australia v South Korea – 2015 Asian Cup Final. Socceroos leading and 30 seconds from full time South Korea equalise. Australia went on to win it in extra time. But going from that much devastation to indescribable joy in a short amount of time can’t have been too good for my health. I’d do it all over again, despite the possibility of cardiac arrest.
What is your favourite football snack?
There’s no time for snacks in the terrace during games. A Beer does the trick.
Who is your footballing idol?
Roberto Carlos. He was the first player I remember obsessing over. Watching him bend that ball was nothing short of magic.