Saturday 20 July 2019

Stephanie Roche swaps studs for stilettos ahead of FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony

Tickets at the ready, Republic of Ireland Ladies Soccer Star, Stephanie Roche pictured at Dublin Airport as she left for Fifa's Puskas Award in Zurich.
Tickets at the ready, Republic of Ireland Ladies Soccer Star, Stephanie Roche pictured at Dublin Airport as she left for Fifa's Puskas Award in Zurich.
Republic of Ireland Ladies Soccer Star, Stephanie Roche pictured at Dublin Airport as she left for Fifa's Puskas Award in Zurich.
Republic of Ireland Ladies Soccer Star, Stephanie Roche pictured with boyfriend Dean Zambra at Dublin Airport as she left for Fifa's Puskas Award in Zurich.
Stephanie Roche, at Dublin Airport, prior to her departure for the Ballon D'Or 2014 award ceremony in Zurich
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Soccer star Stephanie Roche will swap shin-guards and studs for stilettos and sparkle when she attends the prestigious FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony this evening.

Roche will go up against Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez (inset right) for the coveted Puskas award for her spectacular strike against Wexford Youths.

Roche will walk the red carpet in a bespoke pink dress with Calais lace detail by Irish designer Helen Cody - the lady who made Amy Huberman's 2014 laser-cut IFTA frock.

"I've left the dress in the capable hands of my dad to bring over so, hopefully, he won't lose it," she said.

Stephanie Roche, at Dublin Airport, prior to her departure for the Ballon D'Or 2014 award ceremony in Zurich
Stephanie Roche, at Dublin Airport, prior to her departure for the Ballon D'Or 2014 award ceremony in Zurich

"It's very feminine and I love it."

Before she flew out from Dublin Airport, Stephanie made a last-minute appointment with her hairdresser.

"I think that's why I'm running late," she said. "Now I've got my ticket I'm starting to feel more excited."

The Shankill native will attend the ceremony with her boyfriend Dean Zambra, and planned to write her potential acceptance speech on the flight to Switzerland.

"I have a few things in my head but I'll jot them down when I'm on the plane," she said.

"It would be fantastic to be the first Irish person and the first woman to win but I've done so well to get this far."

The ceremony will be attended by the creme de la creme of the football world, including Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

After all of the high octane glamour of the awards Roche will fly to La Manga to join the Irish women's football team for an intensive training camp.

"I have a training camp coming up directly after the awards so will be travelling out straight away," she said.

Close to six million people have watched the grainy footage of Roche's goal.

"It's about a beautiful goal and it's a fantastic achievement," she said.

Asked if the nomination had affected her life in monetary terms she replied: "People keep talking about all the money I should have made off it. I haven't made anything, but that doesn't matter. All I am focused on is the Puskas, that's my goal."

Herald

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