Interview

"I'm free to do what I want"

Freestyler Lisa Zimouche on the panna, Pirlo and playing to the crowd

For freestyler Lisa Zimouche, the Champions League is all about turning on the style. Lionel Messi’s outrageous nutmeg on Fernandinho in 2015 is a favourite, as is Sadio Mané’s fake on Neymar last season. With 2 million Instagram followers, Zimouche’s skills are also in demand.

“I like that I’m free to do whatever I want with the ball, without rules or boundaries,” she says. “Also that freestyling’s definitely a mix between sport and art, the things I like most. I’ve enjoyed playing in so many countries – India, USA, Algeria – wherever there are football fans or a nice crowd.

I love a panna [nutmeg] with a combo of skills just before it, then a big reaction from the crowd.”

Zimouche was on the books of local side Paris Saint-Germain when she won the world female panna championship aged 15. Since going solo she has played alongside some of the biggest names in the game, including Paul Pogba – “he feels the vibe and loves skills” – and Andrea Pirlo. The AC Milan great was her captain in the PlayStation F.C. Final at the Estadio Metropolitano a day after the Champions League final. Zimouche was impressed.

“It was an honour to play with Andrea Pirlo. Such a classy footballer and a legend! He’s still very, very good! He’s got that touch on the ball as always.” As for the next generation? “João Felix! He’s a great player with amazing skills.”

For freestyler Lisa Zimouche, the Champions League is all about turning on the style. Lionel Messi’s outrageous nutmeg on Fernandinho in 2015 is a favourite, as is Sadio Mané’s fake on Neymar last season. With 2 million Instagram followers, Zimouche’s skills are also in demand.

“I like that I’m free to do whatever I want with the ball, without rules or boundaries,” she says. “Also that freestyling’s definitely a mix between sport and art, the things I like most. I’ve enjoyed playing in so many countries – India, USA, Algeria – wherever there are football fans or a nice crowd.

I love a panna [nutmeg] with a combo of skills just before it, then a big reaction from the crowd.”

Zimouche was on the books of local side Paris Saint-Germain when she won the world female panna championship aged 15. Since going solo she has played alongside some of the biggest names in the game, including Paul Pogba – “he feels the vibe and loves skills” – and Andrea Pirlo. The AC Milan great was her captain in the PlayStation F.C. Final at the Estadio Metropolitano a day after the Champions League final. Zimouche was impressed.

“It was an honour to play with Andrea Pirlo. Such a classy footballer and a legend! He’s still very, very good! He’s got that touch on the ball as always.” As for the next generation? “João Felix! He’s a great player with amazing skills.”

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For freestyler Lisa Zimouche, the Champions League is all about turning on the style. Lionel Messi’s outrageous nutmeg on Fernandinho in 2015 is a favourite, as is Sadio Mané’s fake on Neymar last season. With 2 million Instagram followers, Zimouche’s skills are also in demand.

“I like that I’m free to do whatever I want with the ball, without rules or boundaries,” she says. “Also that freestyling’s definitely a mix between sport and art, the things I like most. I’ve enjoyed playing in so many countries – India, USA, Algeria – wherever there are football fans or a nice crowd.

I love a panna [nutmeg] with a combo of skills just before it, then a big reaction from the crowd.”

Zimouche was on the books of local side Paris Saint-Germain when she won the world female panna championship aged 15. Since going solo she has played alongside some of the biggest names in the game, including Paul Pogba – “he feels the vibe and loves skills” – and Andrea Pirlo. The AC Milan great was her captain in the PlayStation F.C. Final at the Estadio Metropolitano a day after the Champions League final. Zimouche was impressed.

“It was an honour to play with Andrea Pirlo. Such a classy footballer and a legend! He’s still very, very good! He’s got that touch on the ball as always.” As for the next generation? “João Felix! He’s a great player with amazing skills.”

"I'm free to do what I want"
Interview

"I'm free to do what I want"

Freestyler Lisa Zimouche on the panna, Pirlo and playing to the crowd

For freestyler Lisa Zimouche, the Champions League is all about turning on the style. Lionel Messi’s outrageous nutmeg on Fernandinho in 2015 is a favourite, as is Sadio Mané’s fake on Neymar last season. With 2 million Instagram followers, Zimouche’s skills are also in demand.

“I like that I’m free to do whatever I want with the ball, without rules or boundaries,” she says. “Also that freestyling’s definitely a mix between sport and art, the things I like most. I’ve enjoyed playing in so many countries – India, USA, Algeria – wherever there are football fans or a nice crowd.

I love a panna [nutmeg] with a combo of skills just before it, then a big reaction from the crowd.”

Zimouche was on the books of local side Paris Saint-Germain when she won the world female panna championship aged 15. Since going solo she has played alongside some of the biggest names in the game, including Paul Pogba – “he feels the vibe and loves skills” – and Andrea Pirlo. The AC Milan great was her captain in the PlayStation F.C. Final at the Estadio Metropolitano a day after the Champions League final. Zimouche was impressed.

“It was an honour to play with Andrea Pirlo. Such a classy footballer and a legend! He’s still very, very good! He’s got that touch on the ball as always.” As for the next generation? “João Felix! He’s a great player with amazing skills.”

Penalty Pedigree

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For freestyler Lisa Zimouche, the Champions League is all about turning on the style. Lionel Messi’s outrageous nutmeg on Fernandinho in 2015 is a favourite, as is Sadio Mané’s fake on Neymar last season. With 2 million Instagram followers, Zimouche’s skills are also in demand.

“I like that I’m free to do whatever I want with the ball, without rules or boundaries,” she says. “Also that freestyling’s definitely a mix between sport and art, the things I like most. I’ve enjoyed playing in so many countries – India, USA, Algeria – wherever there are football fans or a nice crowd.

I love a panna [nutmeg] with a combo of skills just before it, then a big reaction from the crowd.”

Zimouche was on the books of local side Paris Saint-Germain when she won the world female panna championship aged 15. Since going solo she has played alongside some of the biggest names in the game, including Paul Pogba – “he feels the vibe and loves skills” – and Andrea Pirlo. The AC Milan great was her captain in the PlayStation F.C. Final at the Estadio Metropolitano a day after the Champions League final. Zimouche was impressed.

“It was an honour to play with Andrea Pirlo. Such a classy footballer and a legend! He’s still very, very good! He’s got that touch on the ball as always.” As for the next generation? “João Felix! He’s a great player with amazing skills.”

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

For freestyler Lisa Zimouche, the Champions League is all about turning on the style. Lionel Messi’s outrageous nutmeg on Fernandinho in 2015 is a favourite, as is Sadio Mané’s fake on Neymar last season. With 2 million Instagram followers, Zimouche’s skills are also in demand.

“I like that I’m free to do whatever I want with the ball, without rules or boundaries,” she says. “Also that freestyling’s definitely a mix between sport and art, the things I like most. I’ve enjoyed playing in so many countries – India, USA, Algeria – wherever there are football fans or a nice crowd.

I love a panna [nutmeg] with a combo of skills just before it, then a big reaction from the crowd.”

Zimouche was on the books of local side Paris Saint-Germain when she won the world female panna championship aged 15. Since going solo she has played alongside some of the biggest names in the game, including Paul Pogba – “he feels the vibe and loves skills” – and Andrea Pirlo. The AC Milan great was her captain in the PlayStation F.C. Final at the Estadio Metropolitano a day after the Champions League final. Zimouche was impressed.

“It was an honour to play with Andrea Pirlo. Such a classy footballer and a legend! He’s still very, very good! He’s got that touch on the ball as always.” As for the next generation? “João Felix! He’s a great player with amazing skills.”

Penalty Pedigree

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