NAME: Anam Hassan
POSITION: Centre Midfield
BIRTH DATE: 04/03/1989
BIRTH PLACE: London
PREVIOUS CLUBS: n/a
1. Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
I work in a hospital calling up people to book appointments. It isn’t very interesting to talk about and I find people get bored quickly when they realise I’m not a doctor – which is awkward when I’m halfway through performing a prostate exam. Otherwise I would describe myself as mediocre at everything I put my hand to. On the pitch I see myself as a creative player, somebody who brings stability to the team through technique.
2. What was most memorable moment in your MFC career till now?
Ordinarily, scoring my first goal – for the 7s – would be my standout moment. However, it was my performance for the 5s two weeks later – where I grabbed an assist – which made me believe I could compete at a decent level.
3. What is your favourite quote?
I’m all about self-improvement and pushing myself so I tend to hark back to this boring quote attributed to Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
4. Tell us something about yourself that most of us at the club probably aren’t aware of…
This is my first season playing 11-a-side..urm.. ever really, at the ripe old age of 28. Similarly hard to believe is that I’m also 28 years old. I’ve had to relearn a lot of stuff from when I was a kid, but at the same time, acquired extra wisdom watching all these years from the sidelines.
5. Ask a friend for a reference and post their response of you – can be a family member, friend or teammate (E.G: “He’s a lovely boy” – Mom)
“My Anam is not a communist. He may be a liar, a pig, an idiot, a communist, but he is NOT a porn star.” – Dad
6. Lastly, share with us your goals/expectations for the season…
To cement my place in the starting lineup for the 5s. I’ve seen Tiago step up, which provides me inspiration because he did it despite strong competition in midfield. But to do that, I need to settle on the type of midfielder that I want to be; to play deeper or start higher up.
Player of the season (at Merton): Andy Bitmead
Favourite team in the UK: Arsenal
Favourite team outside the UK: FC Messi
Childhood hero: Ash Ketchum, then later, Cesc Fabregas
Favourite word: My English teacher used to always say I was ‘facetious’.
Favourite band: RnB or soul music. Marvin Gaye, Let’s Get it On is my favourite song.
Favourite food: The Chocolate
Dream job: Footballer or Music Producer