Geremi – 20 Questions 20 Answers
1. What does football mean to you?
Absolutely everything — I live and breathe football all the time.
2. Which football club did you support as a child?
Racing FC Bafoussam, my local team in Cameroon.
3. Did you ever have an idol?
In football terms, when I was young I admired Diego Maradona and hoped that one day I would have skills like him but my all-time idol, although I didn’t see him play like I did Maradona, has to be Pele – the greatest of them all. As far as English players are concerned I admired Alan Shearer and Paul Ince because of their winning spirit.
4. What is your fondest footballing memory?
I have lots, not just one, because winning any trophy is bound to leave happy memories.
5. What has been your biggest disappointment in football?
Any time we get knocked out of a cup competition whether it be on the domestic front with my club or with my national team.
6. If you had not become a professional footballer, what would you have become?
A detective. I like making investigations and getting to the bottom of a mystery. If something was stolen at our training ground I’d like to be the one who solved the case by questioning people and working out how and where it could have been taken.
7. What is your favourite type of music?
8. And your favourite book?
I’m sorry but I’m not a great reader.
9. Your favourite film?
That’s more like it …I like lots of detective films..
10. Your favourite city?
I love all the cities in Cameroon.
11. What is your favourite food?
12. What is your favourite hobby?
I love tennis and play the game at quite a high level. My idol in tennis was the great Pete Sampras. What a tennis player, what a serve – 120mph – almost like mine!
13. What do you spend most of your money on?
I invest it carefully.
14. What was your first job?
I have always been a footballer. At school, I would just play football like everyone else and I was just happy to let it develop as it would but it was when I was selected for the Cameroon national youth side that I decided my career would be as a footballer.
15. Who has been the most influential figure in world history?
That’s a tricky one but maybe it is the former South African leader, Nelson Mandela
16. What are you afraid of?
17. What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?
Thankfully, I must say there hasn’t really been one.
18. How do you see the future of the world?
Again, that’s an interesting question but let’s hope it’s a very happy one.
19. Where would you like to go on holiday?
Anywhere the sun shines!
20. Who would you most like to meet?
I’m not the type of person who says he would like to meet x, y or z because I like meeting a wide range of people. I can adapt easily. I make friends easily and in most places I’ve been I’ve liked people and people have liked me. I haven’t found it difficult to adapt anywhere because of the type of person I am.