Barbora Votikova

Bara Votikova has extra subscribers (450,000) on YouTube than the majority of guys’s Premier League clubs
Uefa Ladies folks’s Champions League, closing 16, second leg: Arsenal v Slavia Prague (5-2 agg)
Date: Thursday, 31 October Kick-off: 19: 30 GMT Venue: Meadow Park, Borehamwood Coverage: Are residing textual lisp material commentary on the BBC Sport net page and app.

Having accrued 76.2m views and climbing on her YouTube channel, Bara Votikova is a vlogger extraordinaire, as well to being an author, comedian and presenter.

She is also a goalkeeper – the Czech Republic’s no 1 – and is made up our minds to face Arsenal within the Ladies folks’s Champions League on Thursday.

Votikova describes herself as „on the one hand a talented footballer, on the different a crazy YouTuber“ within the blurb for her e-book – the title of which interprets as ‚A Shrimp Diversified‘.

The 23-365 days-used chose to come aid out as joyful within the e-book, by which she urges readers to „live lifestyles precisely the formula you wish, not grab issues so seriously and now to not be panicked to dream“.

So what did the Slavia Prague shot-stopper, who has attracted extra than 450,000 subscribers, dream of doing sooner than all this started?

‚I’m constructing my enjoy direction‘

„When I modified into as soon as youthful, I desired to be an actress,“ she advised BBC Sport. „I always most in fashion to build folks chortle and chuffed.

„I did not build it in to any motion photos or series, so I explored this world of YouTube. I seen that creators were making their enjoy motion photos, their enjoy comedy sketches and their enjoy characters, so I started doing them on my enjoy.

„I’m constructing my enjoy direction. Perhaps ultimately I’ll assemble to the film change and film my enjoy film.“

Introducing her videos – which are predominately comedy sketches – she says viewers can „give you contemporary tips and uncover that girls folks can play football“.

Sponsors possess mercurial followed, from Adidas to Pepsi, accompanied by membership success, with Votikova helping Slavia reach the quarter-finals in Europe in three of the past four seasons.

Reaching a fourth seems cherish a tall converse this length of time, with English champions Arsenal 5-2 up on combination sooner than the Czech aspect’s time out to Hertfordshire on Thursday.

Light returning to paunchy match sharpness after six weeks out with a thigh hurt, Votikova sat out that first leg, but is anticipated to originate at Borehamwood.

No subject the final consequence of the closing-16 tie, she is joyful with the employees’s account in Europe.

The Czech Republic are ranked 28th in Fifa’s girls’s world rankings

„It be an limitless success, in particular for a employees that just isn’t very the finest,“ Votikova added.

„The competition is massive so we’re chuffed we might maybe possibly maybe maybe also build it to this point within the Champions League. Hundreds of high groups in Europe don’t appear to be in a neighborhood to build it, so it be an honour to be there.

„By formula of the second leg, we’re mad to play against a employees that is so famed.

„We’re hoping to play our finest and hoping to assemble through to 1 other round but we’re also sensible. We possess plentiful respect for this Arsenal employees.“

The game might maybe possibly maybe maybe not be her easiest meeting with English opposition this autumn, with the Czech Republic net hosting Phil Neville’s Lionesses on 12 November.

And when taking half in for her country, Votikova knows she has one other platform to inspire girls.

„Searching for to be an envoy for girls’s soccer, it be something I fancy,“ she added.

„Of us [following me on YouTube] are with a slight bit of luck beginning to cherish football attributable to me. That is something I’m making an are attempting to manufacture here.

„My social media modified into as soon as by no formula first and foremost about football – it modified into as soon as mostly comedy – after which it turned in fashion so I began to piece my football lifestyles and reasonably a couple of folk perceived to cherish that, so I’m making an are attempting to uncover folk how this lifestyles of a talented football girl goes.“

The US‘ Hope Solo taking half in in 2015’s World Cup (left) and dealing as a pundit at 2019’s World Cup

Along side her weird combination of skills, the keeper has a special pair of idols: Canadian vlogger Lilly Singh – who boats 437m hits – and American goalkeeping celebrity Hope Solo.

„When I modified into as soon as reasonably one I inclined to gape as much as Hope,“ Votikova added. „I watched her video games, videos and her interviews and admired how appropriate she modified into as soon as and is.“

Solo, a World Cup winner in 2015, turned pundit for this summer season’s tournament in France, and that transition from the pitch to the microphone might maybe possibly maybe maybe also turn out to be natural for the Slavia Plague celebrity too.

„Punditry might maybe possibly maybe maybe be so attention-grabbing for me and, alongside with your whole work I’m doing, I possess reasonably a couple of opportunities and I’m in a position to grab which direction to practice,“ she persevered.

„A TV uncover linked with football, that can indubitably match me. It be basically me.“

BBC Sport has launched #ChangeTheGame to showcase feminine athletes in a mode they by no formula were sooner than. Thru extra live girls’s sport available to explore across the BBC in 2019, complemented by our journalism, we’re aiming to converse up the quantity on girls’s sport and alter perceptions. Uncover extra here.

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