Dina Rahman’s lifelong love for football has taken her from England to Egypt, from Bahrain to Tanzania, and farther. In 2017 she traveled to the mountains. Kilimanjaro has 32 women from 20 countries, ages 15-55, skills ranging from professionals to amateurs, climbing mountains and setting the Guinness World Records for the best soccer game ever. They competed on a volcanic ash pitch of about 18,760 feet. In 2018, she was invited by Prince Ali to Jordan to play a football match in the Dead Sea, the lowest point in the world at 1,412 feet above sea level.
These are two of the five world records she holds. Most recently, in December 2020, she set a record for most of the penalties she received in 24 hours. Her other two records participated in the largest five-player soccer game with over 800 players in five days, including a seven-hour night stint from Rahman’s team Legendary Egg, at 11. It comes from playing-the side game with the most nationalities.
At first glance, Rahman’s life seems to be an enthusiastic overkill. She was one of the first women paid to play soccer in Europe with Fulham in 2000 and played for two national teams (England and Bahrain). Still playing soccer on the national side of Bahrain, the 37-year-old runs her academy with her husband Paul after spending an early part of her career developing the club. When she arrived in Bahrain in 2010, where she currently lives, she founded the Women’s League and attracted teams from neighboring countries. Last year she decided to run an ultramarathon from London to Brighton.
Few people offer to repeatedly kick the ball into the net over a 24-hour period, but there are two Rahman motives for setting these records. On a personal level, she loves to push herself. The owner of the “itchy feet” confession, she is always looking for her next adventure. But her other motives are probably more important.Rahman has a mission alongside members of a non-profit organization Equal stadiumTo show girls and women that there are no challenges they cannot challenge.
“There are five world records, each of which is about the message that can be conveyed through those records,” Rahman told ESPN.
The message depends on where the equal arena is. When the group went to Jordan in 2018, they went to refugee camps and set up football lessons for about 300 girls who “never get the chance to play football,” Rahman said. I did.
“Especially at the age of 9 and 10, it’s very tough in some areas. They’re at home and not playing sports, so it’s amazing to see all these girls in full swing. It was really moving to see them playing in a really distant place with cones and sand and having fun exercising and playing soccer with us. “
Over the 24 hours of her penalty kick record, Equal Playing Field is on the core principle of promoting gender equality, supporting existing organizations that support girls in sports, and expanding the work done around the world. We broadcast a series of lectures based on. This goal. This includes running global camps, improving the quality of women’s football, and providing support to community-based groups such as clubs, academies, charities and non-governmental organizations.
In her own part, Rahman had a team of 24 goalkeepers to help her set a record.
Rewinding the watch to Rahman’s early play days also helps explain her passion for advancing the women’s game. Born in Fulham, England, she started playing at the age of seven and was initially the only girl there. She trained with the boys and after a while started a team of girls.
“I think it helped me grow at a better rate,” she said of the experience. “I had to be tough and strong. Thankfully, I was good and improved.”
When Rahman was 15, she went to England for a trial and was chosen to play for a team under the age of 18. There she won 18 caps and played in two European championships. She also continued to grow with Fulham and was one of the first women to be rewarded for playing football in Europe when the team turned professional in 2000.
“The club was great. We trained with the guys on the training ground and got all the support we needed,” she said.
“The setbacks were, to be honest, premature. We weren’t in the top division, and money didn’t just send you to the top division, so we corresponded to the third division. It was a girl. It was like a turning point in football, but it was a bit ridiculous as we were a professional team in Part 3 who was beating Team 25-0. Obviously that’s not realistic. “
Fulham remained professional for three years, but then moved to semi-professional and cash flow became an issue. He then withdrew to amateurs and in 2006 the team was completely abandoned. The introduction of professional contracts was exciting for the sport, but the transition also gave Rahman a pause in thinking.
“I think a lot came down to the fact that I was promoted to England pretty quickly. When Fulham became a pro, it was a great opportunity and great, but we are many excellent and strong. It attracted older players. “She said. “I had a lot of trouble with my confidence … When I got my degree in sports science, I was able to get involved in a lot of psychology.”
As her struggle continued, Rahman’s father eventually took her to her native Egypt, where after playing for a year, she was forced to snap ACLs and return to England for surgery and rehab. It was. While there, she started doing some coaching work with Arsenal when she got the chance to go to Bahrain.
This five-day trip changed the course of Rahman’s life. While there, she secured a job as a coach and immediately took action with her husband Paul. Soon she set out to raise the profile of women’s football in the country.
“Obviously it was in the Middle East and not many girls were playing soccer,” Rahman said. “There was a national team here, but otherwise it wasn’t very advanced, so one of my main driving forces was that I was going to change that. Thankfully, yes. Did.”
As an academy coach, she has grown from teaching two girls to over 100 in the first few years. She started the country’s first women’s league, now governed by Bahrain FA, and saw the team coming out of Saudi Arabia due to lack of opportunities in the country. She and her husband always sought the next challenge and founded their own academy, Tekkers, in 2015. With eight locations, 10 full-time staff and over 200 girls are playing with the boys program.
“We have girls-only classes and they are full and completely lively. Some of them are playing on our team, so in fact they are playing on our team with boys “I do,” she explained. “I fully support it because I think it really helps your football. Just a few speed factors you need to use, a little strength, and good enough for you to do it. I am confident that
She considers it her responsibility not only to guide these girls throughout their playing career, but also to set an example. This set a world record with most converted penalties in 24 hours. Originally she wanted to keep a record involving the team, but regulations on preventing the spread of the coronavirus made this even more difficult. After all, it’s a safe and responsible way of distance, but they decided penalties because she could still include a lot of people.
The official record was 1,111 and another informal record was 2,075. Rahman has set a goal of getting a 100 penalty per hour. She kicked for 50 minutes, then took a 10-minute break and resumed at the start of the next hour. This would have resulted in a penalty of about 2,400 for her tally. But within four hours she broke the official record. For a few more hours she cruised past the informal ones. When she reached the second mark, her husband Paul politely suggested that she could stop and go home and sleep, but Rahman didn’t want it.
“I felt this responsibility to not quit because there were all these people on my team,” she said. “Even if it was midnight, I was promised to be a goalkeeper at 3am. There was also a live feed, so I’ll continue.”
In the end, she took a penalty of 7,876 and broke the record with an astonishing 6,765.
“I didn’t practice the penalty,” she said. “Some people didn’t practice penalizing, but I said,” No, it’s okay. Probably weaker, but I’ll use it. “
“I’m tired. My legs are really, really heavy, and as it progresses, it gets harder and harder. My shots get weaker.”
For the New Year, Rahman is convinced that this is not her last world record. When asked playfully if playing on the moon was next, she stopped and laughed, saying, “That’s actually a good idea.”
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