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Stephanie Frappart, in charge of Germany versus Iceland, 2017 (Photo: Sven Mandel, Wikimedia Commons).
Stephanie Frappart was chosen to referee the UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul, between Liverpool and Chelsea. Her story is one of equality, diversity and breaking the mould.
Megan Rapinoe, May 2019 (Photo: Jamie Smed, Wikimedia Commons).
Megan Rapinoe was the “face of women's football” as the captain of the dominant US team during the 2019 World Cup. Her story in one was equality and education.

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Mara Gómez at practice (Photo from Instagram with permission).

Mara Gómez

Pioneering transgender professional football

Otto Nerz, Coach of Germany (Photo: Neil Jensen / Game of the People).

Otto Nerz

Germany’s coach who died in a Soviet camp

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Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri, 2017 (Photo: AFC Ajax).
Nouri is a young local talent who was making his way to the top level when tragedy befell him. He suffered severe brain damage.
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