Célia Okoyina da Mbabi - Soccer Super Talent

Célia Okoyina da Mbabi, midfield player with the german national women's  football team, wears jersey number 13 and is the only player whose last name is too long for her jersey. Born on June 27 1988 to a cameroonian father and french mother in the former german capital Bonn, Célia as she puts it, lives more of a french life at home. She speaks french with her mum, german with her dad and a mixed match with her two siblings. Her journey with football all began at a very tender age when she accompanied her brother to training sessions and drew inspiration from Zinédine Zidane.
At five she played with her first team, TuS Germania Hersel in her home town. She later played with SC Widdig, TuS Pützchen 05 and FC Sankt Augustin.  At 15 she was called up by DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund e. V) to play at national level, an offer which came with a twist. Célia had until this time a french nationality and was by law underage to choose a new nationality. To resolve the problem both her parents had to take up the german nationality, a decision which entailed her father giving up his cameroonian passport. In her words, this was a relatively easy decision for her parents who had always been supportive to their little girl. Thus Célia became a national player with the german U-17 team at 16. Since then she has 51 international matches, 13 Goals and a 2009 European Championship on her prize list. Due to a major injury (tibia fracture) she couldn't play the last FIFA world cup, a reason why she is enthusiastically training towards the next FIFA Female Football Worldcup 2011 in Germany. Her current team is SC 07 Bad Neuenahr where is actually an attacker.

Besides football Célia is currently a student at the University of Koblenz reading Cultural Studies after completing a two-years training program in marketing communication 2009.