With an ever-escalating intensity, we see tensions and polarization increasing in many fields of society. More than ever, we are in need of strong, authentic and value-driven voices. Zecira Musovic is one of those. A pioneer for equality in opportunity within and outside sports and an ambassador in integration matters, we are honored to present Zecira as our Profile of the Week.
This story takes us from the Balkan War in the 90's all the way to the Swedish National Football Team and way beyond that.
Zecira, tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Zecira Musovic and I am 24 years old. Born in Falun but raised in Helsingborg (Sweden), with roots from the former Yugoslavia. The family fled the Balkan War in the nineties and landed in Sweden. I plays football in FC Rosengård and in the Swedish National Team. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Economics via Lund University and some leadership courses.
I would say I'm an ambitious person who constantly strives for improvement. I'm not afraid to say what I think and have no problem standing up for my opinions in full.
Women's football has experienced an upswing historically - but how are we doing today?
A lot has really happened in and around women's football in recent times. Today we have made serious progress, but we have a long way to go to get where we want. We struggle with issues that often concern gender equality and to actually be able to practice our sport fully without meeting resistance. All struggle is based on love for the sport and the importance of making the sport something better for those who come after me.
You have a strong voice both in society and in football. What is your driving force and passion?
I am passionate about justice; that everyone should have the opportunity to do what they want regardless of background, gender or skin color.
I strongly believe that society's differences are essentially a great thing. Everyone should be allowed to think and think and we need to understand that not everyone thinks exactly the same as oneself. The understanding and openness to other people is something I constantly try to bring with me to contribute my part to a better society.
What goals do you have in life as a person and as a practitioner?
I have high goals, both with my football career but also the civilian. I want to be involved and influence and improve as much as I can. I strive to be the best, thanks in large part to my winning mentality that constantly drives me. Then I understand that the outcome may not be the best, but the attempt and ambition must always be there.
What are you focusing on right now for the rest of 2020?
To live in the present and feel good. How can I find as much positive in my life as possible? To continue to see opportunities instead of obstacles.
Tell us about your three favorite destinations.
I travel a lot with football and have seen a lot of the world.
Sarajevo, Bosnia. Awakens childhood memories and where we have a lot of relatives. Very beautiful city that contains a lot of history but also a touch of the more modern. The culture, the food, the evenings with lots of life. Wonderful!
South Africa, Cape Town. A great place.
Helsingborg. Wonderful city. When you travel so much, away is good, but at home is the best. Not too big, not too small and the sea... Does it get better?
What does a dream weekend look like in Malmö?
You start with a long walk along the Ribban, the western harbor and get to see the Turning Torso and get to experience the waves and calm of the sea, with the Öresund Bridge in the background.
Then you walk on to Malmö Live and eat a fantastic brunch. The evening is extended at Lilla Torg, in a cozy restaurant. And why not indulge with a cheesecake from Pronto? Then the evening may continue out on the dance floor, on Koi which usually has quite nice music. Who knows.
What does it take to take women's football where you want to go?
It is necessary to realize the value that actually exists if it is to start investing for real. We have seen growth at a furious pace and one investment leads to several good outcomes.
Believing is probably the most important thing. To have a faith and a courage to dare to stand up for women's football and to present the arguments that actually exist for it in the right way.