Elnaaz Norouzi: I wore the Germany jersey and was clicked with the team!

The World Cup was nearing and I was a model in Germany at that time.

As a kid, I loved playing football the most, writes Elnaaz Norouzi.

Sports mostly for me means a mix of adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin. Playing sports is as important as studying. As a child, I used to play football, basketball, and I also loved riding the bicycle. It is a great way to deal with stress and makes you focus on your goals. Sometimes I feel we are so distracted by everything around us like social media and phones. It is only with sports that you are constantly focused on one thing and are being in the moment.

As a kid, I loved playing football the most. Football is a huge sport in Iran and Germany and I grew up in both of these countries. I used to watch a lot of football and later joined a club and played professionally for some time. I still love playing football sometimes. In Germany, sports is really important. It was a subject at school. As students, we learned a lot and we did a lot of activities like marathons, drills, etc. I participated in different kind of sports and I have got amazing memories.

I remember that I played a lot of volleyball in the summers, too. This, again, made me look forward to summers.

There is also one very special memory. I remember that new jerseys for the German team had come out then. The World Cup was nearing and I was a model in Germany at that time. I was booked for a press conference where the jerseys were being introduced and I was expected to wear the jersey. The entire German team, who I used to watch on the TV, was in front of my eyes. I was clicked with them and I was in the papers as well the next day. It is such a special thing for me because I admired the players, loved their game and there I was with them presenting their new jersey.

Elnaaz Norouzi is an Iranian actress and model who has appeared in Netflix India’s first original show Sacred Games.

As told to Santadeep Dey.