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Daphne Corboz: American Dreams

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It’s a well-known fact Man City Women's Daphne Corboz hails from a footballing family.

As her French father played for Grenoble, the midfielder and her siblings were introduced to football – or soccer! – at a young age and have all found success in the sport.

Daphne, the eldest, has of course pursued a professional career in the beautiful game but, speaking to CityTV as part of a special feature on her life, she revealed her footballing adventure began later than she had hoped.

She explained: “When I was young, my brother, was playing with my dad a lot. I used to go outside and play with them and when my brother joined his first team, I asked if I could too.

“My dad came from France in 1992 and girls didn’t really play football so he encouraged me to play other sports like basketball and volleyball instead.

“It wasn’t until my brother’s first big tournament that my dad saw all these little girls playing. Football had really developed on the female side in the US, and that’s when he said I could play.

“I didn’t start until I was seven so my start to football was hindered but I’m glad I got to play in the end.”

When asked of her sporting idols, she told of her French influence.

“I would say my two heroes growing up were Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane,” she recalled. “On the female side, I was fortunate Carli Lloyd went to university 20 minutes from my house.

“I watched her whole college career and now she’s a Ballon d’Or winner so that’s pretty cool.”

Born in America, Corboz is grateful to have been brought up in a culture where women’s football is celebrated – an attitude she hopes will spread.

She illuminated: “I had really supportive parents and I grew up in an environment and played for a club in which women’s football was held to a very high standard.

“With the ’99 World Cup and the growth that happened with the leagues that have gone through, the youth systems in the female side are really vast. Most little girls play football in the US. I never really had to experience what some people do even today.

“Hopefully, that won’t happen much more and the game can continue to grow all over the world.”

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