Living Football | Episode 10

19 Jul 2021

"As the first-ever woman leading the administration of FIFA, I thought I had the responsibility to do something about certain ills that affect the beautiful game, and one them is definitely fighting all kind of discrimination, starting with racism." Fatma Samoura, who worked on United Nations projects for 21 years before becoming the first African and first woman to become FIFA Secretary General in its 117-year history, features in the tenth episode of ‘Living Football’, FIFA's new football magazine. She discusses women in leadership roles and the unique power of football to unite the world.

We also travel to the Netherlands, where the legendary Louis van Gaal presented Sarina Wiegman with The Best FIFA Women’s Coach award, and look ahead to the upcoming Olympic Football Tournaments together with Japanese FIFA Women’s World Cup™ winner Homare Sawa and Nigerian Olympic champion Emmanuel Amunike. "It was amazing, I am grateful to have been a part of that team,” said the latter on Nigeria’s Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Atlanta 1996 triumph. “It really positioned Nigerian football. That Olympic medal was one of the highest achievements.”