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Video Shooting Karstadt Sports | Adidas

Recently I had the pleasure in being one of the main focal points in the production for a video trailer for a national freestyle football competition that will take place here in Germany, featuring the country's top freestylers!

You can watch end product of the trailer below:

The other freestyler in the trailer was Mehmetcan Örücü who was great on the day and good fun to work with on this project. The location for filming was the iconic "The Base Berlin" which has hosted a lot of cool competitions and events usually involving Adidas and football.

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all of the lights // 📸 @viktorschanz

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Germany in my opinion has an adequate amount of freestylers, but hopefully this tournament will inspire some new onlookers to get into the sport with the talent that will be on show here.

The competition is sponsored by Adidas and Karstadt Sports so I can just tell the event is going to be insane in terms of the set up and visuals. The grand final will be held on 25th March (which will comprise of the 1st and 2nd places from the qualifiers which will take place in the big cities of Germany like Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, etc.) and I am going to be one of the judges for the final which I'm super excited about!

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details // 📸 @viktorschanz

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To be a part of the filming and production itself was absolutely amazing. Probably one of the most professional video shoots I have been a part of. The whole thing took place over the course of about 10 hours and had a lot of professional people involved to overlook every last detail such as those who were hired just for lighting or scenery for example.

The moving visuals were brought to you by 'I Like Visuals' from Berlin and they did an outstanding job. The pictures were done by Viktor Schanz who is an unbelievable photographer.

As I said, this competition is going to be awesome and I'm very much looking forward to watching it unfold in the coming weeks. The pictures you see here can't really do it justice for how great it was to have such an integral role in this project and I'd like to once again thank everyone who played a part in making it happen.

Thanks for reading,

Peace!

BEKO 2016

This year I was fortunate enough to do some work performing for BEKO who are also the official sponsors of F.C Barcelona.

I spent a whole week at IFA 2016 in Berlin which happens to be one of the biggest trade fairs in Europe.

I was not alone either, joining me was a fantastic team in the form of freestylers Kitti Szasz (Hungary) and my fellow compatriot Max Meyer (Germany).

This event was for the agency 'World Class Freestyle' which was set up by my good friend Daniel Dennehy (pictured below with us freestylers) who came to watch over things and Dara Coyne (another good friend of mine also from Ireland) was on hand to assist with proceedings too.

We also had the pleasure/honor meeting up with the former FC Barcelona player Éric Abidal. A true legend in the world of football.

It was a real pleasure putting on shows for the people here at this trade show, and to represent World Class Freestyle too as they have some of the best freestylers in the world on their books, the highest calibre.

It was cool to be able to have a few freestylers to chill with in Berlin, for many this was actually their first time here so I kind of felt like their tour guide at times haha.

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it's going doooown in the dm

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flexin' with ma homie @danieldennehy

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It's always good linking up with folks who are such positive and like-minded individuals. It was an honour to show them around my city.

This one above is probably my favourite photo of the 5 of us from the last day. I think we made a great team to be honest!

Overall this was an invaluable week for me, I had a lot of fun and it was nothing but good times, I can't wait to see these guys again, hopefully soon!

Thanks for reading once again,

Peace!

Teco-7 Freestyle Competition

So for me this was one of my highlights of 2016; The competition, the people, the trip, everything was just awesome!

I was one of the few individuals who was invited by Martin Schopf (National Freestyle-Football champion of Austria) to take part in an exclusive freestyle competition in Vienna which took place on the 1st of July.

The level of this competition was high given the select few people who were also invited, alongside myself there was Szymo (Poland), Tom Folan (UK), Bambi (Italy), Martin Schopf (Austria), Yorok (Egypt), Kari (Czech Republic) & Roman (Slovakia). I seriously recommend you to check all these guys out as well as they are all incredible at what they do!

In addition to this, the judging panel consisted of Miran Pirner (Croatia), Rocco (Hungary) and Federico (Italy). So for this competition there was a really good blend of all sorts of different nationalities and it's great to see everyone come together all because of this mutual passion for our sport of Freestyle-Football. Below is a photo of us all from the day of the competition:

So before the competition itself we had a few days to chill and do some sightseeing in the wonderful city of Vienna. We also had some great freestyle sessions together too, and this photo of us posing on top of the goal is easily one of my favourite pics of the year haha

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Had a fantastic time with the homies - what a day!!

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Furthermore, Federico and me couldn't resist doing the running man challenge. Always having too much fun meeting the lads!

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done had to done do it again @fedfastfoot

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The competition was such an enjoyable day altogether and executed with a high level of professionalism so shoutout to Martin Schopf and all those involved in the organising because I feel they did an amazing job. It felt so strange but awesome to myself on the big screen before the battles!

The competition was eventually won by Szymo who beat the home favourite Martin Schopf in the final. For myself I unfortunately didn't make it very far as I was eliminated by Tom Folan in the first round. But I am not too down about that as for me the most important thing was the experience of it all overall and you can't put a price on that! But of course I have to step up my game for the next competitions!

The competition was a complete success and it managed to generate a bit of an audience who helped to create a good atmosphere too, especially the kids, you could tell they were loving what they were seeing.

This one below is my favourite picture of me in action halfway through a big combo! And all these pictures from the event itself are taken by Sebastian Wahlhuetter who does an amazing job at capturing all elements of the competition in great detail.

This is the last photo of the whole squad together, it was an amazing trip and so good to see everyone once again! Like I said, this was one of my highlights of the year and is probably the epitome of '#FsLife'

Thanks again for reading guys,

Philippe

Coca-Cola Junior League 2016

Summer time is one of the busiest times for a football freestyler like myself, I attribute this mainly to the good weather and therefore there are a lot more outdoor events and activities going on to get involved in; kids' football tournaments being a prime example!

In June I did some shows and workshops for the Coca-Cola Junior League in Bern (Switzerland) alongside female freestyler Adriana Orlovic as part of a 2 day event. 

This soccer league in Switzerland consists of the best Youth Teams. On a special court beside the pitches myself and Adriana ensured to keep the crowd entertained with some freestyle shows as well as carrying out some workshops to the kids so they could learn some new tricks too. Even though most are more concerned with football, it's really cool to see how big freestyle football is getting as a lot of these kids know the names of the tricks and some were real fast learners too!

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keepin' it 💯

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Living this lifestyle travelling around with my football doing what I love wouldn't be complete without being able to see some of the places in full that I get to visit. A bit of sightseeing in Bern was the icing on the cake for me!

Bern what's guuud?!?! 💯💯😜

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Another feature of 'The Freestyle Life' while we are on the topic is meeting up with many of the other freestylers across the globe and I always enjoy meeting new freestylers. I had the privilege of meeting up with Samba Rakoto who came all the way to Zurich airport just to be able to have a short freestyle session with me which was awesome!

I had a fantastic time in Switzerland and can't wait to go back there, thanks again for reading,

Peace!

 

Shows Adidas & Deutsche Soccer Liga - May & June 2016

As we began to move into summer I had a few more cool shows through May and June. A couple of which I will talk about now:

As I have said before in previous blog posts it is always a pleasure doing events for Adidas, I had the opportunity to do a couple more days of shows and promotion at the 'performance stores' that were based in Berlin and Hamburg.

Below you can see me kitted out in some of the latest Adidas gear (becoming a recurring thing now haha) situated outside one of the stores striking a typical pose halfway through one of my shows in which I was trying to draw some attention from the crowds of people on the street.

I also did a bit of freestyle in the stores themselves, moving around and as a kind of 'walking act' and interacting with some of the people in there.

And following on from this a few weeks later there was also the event I did for "Deutsche Soccer Liga" in Erfurt. This had quite a big turnout of people for this event, there were a lot of new cars on display, some musical acts and all sorts of other things. The people themselves were super receptive of my skills as well which helps a freestyler a lot I feel!

I did one main performance in the centre of this place, that went really well but also there were a lot of enthusiastic kids there as well who actually really were getting the hang of some of the tricks I was teaching them so well done to them! Like I always say, it is just essentially hard work and practice (lots of practice!).

The teaching part is good because it feels nice to be able to give something back to people which is certainly important for me I feel. I can see it makes them happy as well when they actually achieve something they at first think is too hard or not possible for them.

So it's been a good start to the summer and I hope to keep it busy like this continuing to do the thing I love!

 

Thanks again for reading,

Peace!

Vodafone | Huawei - May 2016

 

In May one of my favourite events I performed at was an event for Vodafone alongside female freestyler Adriana Orlovic.

This event once again took place in my beloved city of Berlin, the venue was actually the Stadion An der Alten Försterei which is the football stadium of German team 1. FC Union of Berlin. The main sponsors for this event were Huawei, a huge telecommunications company.

We did some performances on the stage in the actual stadium that went really well and in addition to this we were also what I call 'a walking act' where we were situated outside the ground where the majority of the Vodafone stands were for the event, people would stop and watch us for a while and we could interact with the people in between our freestyle too which is always nice. But we did get to move around to different spots and weren't just stuck in the same place all day.

One thing that I must say though is how hot it was on this day! Unbelievably high temperatures in Berlin on this day, but nonetheless we still put in a good shift and worked hard. Definitely not something I am one to complain about as I much prefer this kind of weather than the rain!

Once again a really fun day that was well received by the people watching. Me and Adriana were just kind of left to get on with our thing and it was an enjoyable time doing the thing that I love doing the most out in the sun.

Thanks again for reading,

Peace!