DFB Pokalfinale pre event - May 2016

One of the biggest sporting events on the German calendar is undoubtedly the DFB Pokalfinale (The German Football Cup) which happens each year in May.

This year I had the opportunity to be a part of the pre-match hype as I performed at an event together with female freestyler Nina Windmüller the day before the DFB Pokalfinale which this year was between the two titans of German football - Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund!

The venue was Berlin's Interconti Hotel  which is close to the heart of the city, and the match itself would be held here next day in the Olympic Stadium too so there was quite a buzz around the place already.

For me and Nina, we were entertaining some of the guests of the hotel at this event in one of the main areas, it was non-stop freestyle pretty much as well as interacting with some of the people. It was good to hear everyone's (some a little more biased than others) predictions about the forthcoming big match. Everyone really liked the freestyle and was in good sprits regardless of which football team they supported. As you'll see below I was wearing the yellow half on this occasion kitted out in 100% Borussia Dortmund!

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So above is me doing my thing and demonstrating a typical 'lowers' combo. Lowers are one of my favourite aspects of freestyle, I train them often so it is nice to be able to then bring them to events such as this to try and amaze people.

And of course I couldn't not get a photo with what the guys would be playing for tomorrow; the trophy itself! It's only when you get this close to the trophy that you are able to see just how shiny it is as well as the impeccable craftsmanship on it. Fortunately I managed to get through the day without knocking it over with a football haha.

There were also some pretty big names in attendance at this event including Otto Rehhagel who is undoubtedly one of the best German football managers ever and was in charge of Greece when they pulled off their against-all-odds victory over Portugal in the Euro 2008 tournament. CEO of Dortmund Hans-Joachim Watzke attended as well as the CEO of Bayern Munich AG (a daughter company of Bayern Munich), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who also used to play for Munich as a winger, who in particular I have to say enjoyed our tricks a lot and stayed to watch me and Nina for a while before lavishing us with praise!

Overall this was a really enjoyable event to be a part of and had made me excited for the German cup final even more after seeing how infectious the anticipation was from everyone else at the event. Whether they be a Bayern Munich supporter, a Borussia Dortmund fan or whatever, football is something that almost everyone can have an opinion on and it really does feel like football brings people together and it was a pleasure to be a part of that through freestyle.

Thanks again for reading,

Philippe