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The Language of Football

The Language of Football

Deaf England footballer, Oli Manoochehri reveals how players deal with communicating on the pitch. Considering communication is such an important factor of the modern game, the answer is surprising. The first thought would be sign language but as Oli reveals, not everyone uses it. In Oli’s case, when he joined up with the squad, he didn’t even know sign language. He has since learned, but it is still not used on the pitch. ‘There is no need, we have done…

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Oli and the Deaflympics

Oli and the Deaflympics

Footballer Oli Manoochehri wasn’t to be denied a second time. Having missed out on the European Championships, he wasn’t going to let the Deaflympics pass him by. After recovering from a broken leg, he was determined to be part of the GB team that went to Turkey. Sure enough, Oli made it and his experience was unforgettable. He can’t help but smile as he remembers his time out there. ‘It was incredible, for two weeks, I felt like a professional…

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Oli Manoochehri: Turning to Deaf Football

Oli Manoochehri: Turning to Deaf Football

Oli Manoochehri is an international footballer for England and Great Britain. Not many can say that. Oli is deaf, but he has never used it as an excuse. Whereas some would see it as a hindrance, Oli has never let it affected him. Even when he was released from Aston Villa, at sixteen-years-old, Oli didn’t use his deafness as a reason. Unbeknown to him at the time, that disappointment would lead him to achieving things in football, of which he could…

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