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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!

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

Sorø Meeting 2016 - Special - March 2016

So this year I returned to one of the biggest events on the freestyle football calendar, the Sorø Meeting!

Sorø is a tiny place in Denmark but once a year freestylers from all over of the globe travel to attend this huge meeting of lots of freestylers under the same roof. It's a time for just constant training, chilling and just generally having good times with the people we do not get the chance to see that often.

I went there with one of my best friends Kevin Buchert who is also a freestyler from Berlin, I also managed to vlog a lot of each day so I could capture the essence of the Sorø meet in all it's glory. Below you can also find each vlog (there are 4 in total from the trip) with some of the highlights from each of my days there.

So when I finally arrived there I had a blast of nostalgia as I had not been to this place in a good 4 years or so, everything looked very familiar though. It was so good to see everyone again. So in this legendary sports hall not only is it the place that we train but we also stay here as well in some of the small rooms connected to the main training space.

I had my first proper training session of the trip on the arrival day, although I was not really satisfied with my freestyle on this day I was just very happy to be surrounded by all my homies and like minded people. On this day I spent a lot of time freestyling and talking to Kevin (Germany), Jaime (Spain), who is a definite contender for having the coolest tattoo ever! (check out the vlog) and also Tonic (Netherlands) who gives some good tips in the vlog for doing PATW (also known as the Triple Around The World).

 

On the second day me and Kevin got up super early while everyone was still asleep to go outside and play some football on their full size outdoor pitches. It was very cold but a fun and refreshing way to start the day!

I had the chance to meet some of the younger freestylers or the 'next generation' as some may like to call them. Aksel from Norway and Christopher from Denmark to name a couple are really pushing their own limits at such a young age and it is very motivating to see so many people get into freestyle at a younger age.

I also spoke with Gunter (Italy) who is a household name in freestyle, winning the Italian Championships 4 times and competing in countless competitions at the most elite level. He was training for like 10 hours on the first day which is just absolutely crazy!

I was also reunited with my good friend Dara Coyne all the way from Ireland (goes to show how internationally freestyling is really bringing people together to one tiny city in Denmark). As is also mentioned in the Vlog, Dara runs a very in depth and high quality YouTube channel 'Your How To Do' which features lots of tutorials on freestyle tricks and is definitely worth checking out!

Generally there was a LOT of freestyle happening in this one, you could say it was business as usual. I myself had 3 sessions in this day and was a lot more pleased with some of the combos I was able to do.

 

After another early morning start with Kevin and after breakfast I decided to take a little dip in the ice cold lake. It was so cold that it had completely frozen over (we had to break it just to get in) and I could not stay in there long but it felt invigorating and amazing nonetheless!

More freestyle sessions took place once again, probably one of the most packed occasions of the hall for freestylers and I was happy with some of the combos I managed to land. In between freestyle sessions it is cool just to be able to talk to people too, I seemed to find myself chilling a lot with the Finnish Freestylers in the rooms away from the training hall. In addition to this it was great meeting legends like PWG and Marcus Holmberg (Sweden) too. At the end of the freestyle session it was also fun to mix things up with playing a bit of football indoors.

Even though the last day had come around already everyone was in very good spirits. There was still a lot of freestyle going on. I again found myself hanging out with the Finnish guys quite a lot again including Pege who is also one of my best friends in freestyle I would say, funny guy and also king of the trick Sagami Around The World!

It was only on day 4 that I finally got a chance to meet and speak with the organisers of the whole event; Lars Munck and Simon Atli. The duo have been organising the event for the past few years and I just want to thank them once again for doing such a great job and bringing so many freestylers to the same place from many different countries, it's incredible to be a part of it. According to Munck, there are so many freestylers attending now that they are planning to move the next one to a new location which he talks about in my vlog.

Even though Sorø is a small city in Denmark that most of you probably haven't heard of, it was great to visit it again and when away from the immediate freestyle I have to acknowledge  friendly people living in the city of Sorø. I recall on one occasion when I was in the supermarket I didn't know whether there was ham in one of the pasta dishes, and one guy literally stopped what he was doing and took it to go find someone who worked there to ask him for me, incredible!

Finally, it was also really nice to see some of Copenhagen with the Finnish guys before we had to get our respective flights home, it is a really nice place I recommend visiting if you get the chance!

Overall the trip was a wonderful experience for me and again I leave with many fond memories. It is hard to put it into words how far this sport and its community has developed and to be a part of events such as this which demonstrate the amazing levels of the freestylers as well as the friendships made with these people for me is just priceless. I hope to see everyone who was there again as soon as possible!

To conclude, I think this clip below sums up the trip for me:

Thanks again for reading,

Peace!