What is your name and home field location?
Wessam Hassan. We practice at Northeast High School field.
What is your connection to Iraq?
I am originally from Iraq.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
The thing that made me interested in participating in the Unity Cup is that it’s one of the best tournaments and helps everyone gain soccer experience.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
My favorite moment from last year’s tournament was when Ivory Coast won the league. They played well, they really deserved it.
Note: Team Iraq did not compete last year.
How did your team come together?
Our team came together through Samuel Araoye. He is the one that brought us to the league, as some of us were part of the Nigerian team he captained last season.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is important because it helps people get to a higher level by practicing.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
Soccer helps my mental alertness to the environment, especially in terms of social interactions.
How has soccer made your life better?
In terms of health and physical fitness, playing soccer is highly rewarding to me.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
Soccer is the most popular because it’s the most played sport in the world and has a huge fanbase around the globe.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about Iraqi culture?
Radio Silence, being aired at 106.5 FM by artist Michael Rakowitz, an Iraqi-American; we also have Amasi Restaurant (1731 Cecil B. Moore Ave).
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Iraq?
Besides crude oil, Iraq also exports fruits and vegetables.