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‘I also want to play football’: “I always say that it is a book that mixes football and life”

Alexia Putellas, Megan Rapinoe, Virginia Torrecilla... The soccer players are a reference in the world of sport and this has been captured Mayca J


Alexia Putellas, Megan Rapinoe, Virginia Torrecilla… The soccer players are a reference in the world of sport and this has been captured Mayca Jimenez in the book I also want to play football.

The book goes on sale today. In it, the AS journalist delves into the stories of players who have marked a turning point in women’s football. Mayca Jiménez collects a total of forty stories of pioneering players, who today have become an example of perseverance. I always say that it is a book that mixes football and life stories. There are several stories of overcoming players in different scenarios. In case of illness, for example, as Virginia Torrecilla or the struggle in a macho society as in the case of oshoala in Nigeria, and many more cases of different problems such as racism, homophobia, rejection… In short, they are stories of women in football who are an example of improvement and also, they are football stars and, of course, referents“, details the author.

Mayca Jiménez next to her book.

I also want to play football has an imposing prologue signed by the Atlético de Madrid player, Amanda Sampedro. The illustrations in this edition are by alice caboblanco, which conveys the spirit of each of the book’s protagonists: Lilly Parr, Mia Hamm, Megan Rapinoe, Vero Boquete, Alexia Putellas, Jenni Hermoso, Babett Peter, Amanda Sampedro, Ludmila da Silva, Virginia Torrecilla, Mapi León…

To talk about the engine that drives Mayca Jiménez to start writing the first sentences of this book, she comments: “The idea of ​​the book arises a little with the aim of covering that latent need, in the media, in books, that there is no visibility of references of female soccer players that reach girls and adolescents”.