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Jessica Houara

Jessica Houara

National team: France

Which player has most inspired you and why? Andres Iniesta, because he is an excellent player and on the pitch he is humble, discreet and always shows respect.

Which coach has most inspired you? Gérard Prêcheur when I was young, but also Farid Benstiti since I have moved positions.

What is the best advice they've given you? Gérard Prêcheur told me never to give up; Farid wants us always to master our emotions during a match.

Best player you've played with? Shirley Cruz

Toughest opponent? Eugénie Le Sommer

What are your memories of your first club as a child? We were a girls' team and used to play against boys. They always thought it would be easy for them but in the end we nearly won each time.

What tip would you give a young player hoping to succeed? Work hard during training sessions and matches. Keep studying as well.

What was the experience of playing in a youth final tournament? Two finals lost with the Women's Under-19s against Russia [2005] and Germany [2006] – not very good memories.

Last updated: 10/09/14 18.19CET