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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!

Some Different Videos I Released

So in this one I just wanted to bring some attention to 3 videos I made recently in 2016. All very unique and all featuring one of the biggest things in my life; Freestyle Football.

1.      "Fussballspieler"

For this video I took the song "Opernsänger" by Yung Hurn. It's a very random song in which he's rapping about David Alaba (The Bayern Munich Left Back) and how he is going to become a football-player if his girlfriend wants him to do so because he loves her so much. It's pretty funny in German trust me. :-)

With my good friend Anshu we went to a street court nearby Warschauer Straße in Berlin to film this. With this video it was pretty chilled and we managed to get it all shot in a day. The clips I mainly wanted to be ones that would look good in slow motion, and I also met two kids there while filming who wanted to be in it so we did the "Dab" together haha.

   2.     "Summertime Vibe$$$"

For this video I actually got inspired by recently watching lots of skateboard videos and I just wanted to do something else a little different again to the majority of most freestyle videos these days. This is just about conveying having fun. There are no serious combos, just enjoying life and having a good care free session with my friend Anshu. Don't get me wrong there is still some tough stuff in here! But I wanted to shoot it in a much more natural way than a lot of freestyle videos that still shows all the positive vibes with no heavy editing. 

I decided to take a funny song which captures the mood perfectly and makes people smile, cos at the end of the day, we should all smile a lot more haha. Thanks again to Anshu's friend Pierre for filming this one!

     3.     "Noisy"

In this video I also wanted to do something completely different from what we freestylers are used to seeing. I guess you could say this one is a lot more 'edgy' and 'artsy' but I'm really happy with the end product which took me a few days to edit because of all the details such as editing to the music, applying film grain/film burns etc.

This was filmed on a cold day in Berlin Friedrichshain & Kreuzberg by Anshu once again. This out of the 3 videos is probably my most favourite because of how different it is. I remember staying up late spending a lot of time paying attention to detail on it and I'm happy with the freestyle content in there as well as the other quirky additions like including photographic stills, I think this looks sick!

So if you watch any of the videos I'd love to know your thoughts on them, good or bad, and don't forget to subscribe for future vids on my YouTube-Channel as well.

Thanks for reading once again,

Peace!

UK & Ireland Champs + Superball 2016

Hey guys! These were two really awesome trips for me, although I didn't compete in either competition I just want to spread some praise for two highlights of my 2016 in which I had a lot of fun and it was so good to see everyone again. Hopefully this article does our sport (freestyle- football) justice in terms of seeing how many new freestylers there are out there and how the competitions are getting bigger and better!

UK & Ireland Champs

Firstly, I went to the UK & Ireland Freestyle Football Championships in July, this year they took place in the cultural capital of Scotland; Edinburgh.

Even though the weather may not have been the best there was still an amazing turnout and the competition made for a great spectacle which Andrew Henderson went onto win... for the 7th year in a row! The guy is absolutely incredible and it's clear to see why he is such an icon in this sport. Congratulations to him as well as to my good friend Daniel Dennehy for coming 2nd and Jamie Knight for coming 3rd.

Overall I was really impressed with the level of the freestyle scene here. Even though there were some big names missing there was still some great stuff on show and it was clear to see that everyone had been training hard for this. In addition to this it was great to see a lot of new faces like the younger generation that are coming through, they got a lot of passion for this and I'm sure many of them that I saw on this day will go far if they keep up the god work.

After the competition was done we also went for a bit of a night out and that was great fun and I really liked Edinburgh, a great energy about the place and some funny people. So good to catch up with everyone again though, like I have said in previous posts these are great friends and it's so awesome we are initially connected by just kicking a ball about essentially haha, but because of distance and stuff we don't know when we are next likely to see each other, so events like this one are extra special to me.

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SUPERBALL 2016

This is arguably one of, if not the biggest events on the freestyle football calendar. The World Open Freestyle Football Championship aka 'SUPERBALL' this year lived up to all the hype and was yet another huge success I feel.

A competition that literally brings freestylers from all corners of the globe to one location is always a recipe for something special. The competition this year took place in the small city of Liberec, Czech Republic, with the final being held out in the city's main square packed out with mostly freestylers and the locals to watch some of the most incredible freestyle battles in history. Erland (Norway) eventually was crowned champion after defeating Tobias Becs (Norway) in an amazing final that certainly did not disappoint for the viewers.

So I visited again as a spectator with probably my best friend in football-freestyle Kevin Buchert from Germany who drove us down there. It was so good to see everyone and we still had the opportunity to train with them in the legendary sports hall of the Liberec Arena too.

Here are some pictures:

As always, Superball was a very enjoyable event to be a part of even if it was just spectating on this occasion and I'm going to do everything I can to attend the forthcoming one in 2017 in Prague which is going to be huge!

 

Thanks for reading,

Peace!

Karstadt Sports Rooftop Event

One of my favourite events that I mentioned in a previous blog post was the time I performed for Karstadt Sports at their rooftop event in Berlin, well lucky me I was back doing the same thing again, this time in the wonderful city of Hamburg!

The tournament itself was a straight forward format where kids would play each other 2 v 2 in a small cage. The ball is always in play and therefore you have to be constantly alert, think quick and have fast feet in such a small enclosed space!

In the video clip above you can watch me doing a freestyle combo in front of the cage in which the kids played in. I was pretty happy to pull of this combination! :)

Once again, the event was all Adidas, I was repping some of their latest gear as were the kids taking part in the tournament, the winner also got a load of free Adidas gear which looked awesome.

I thought it was pretty cool how this event had the professional DJ " Shorty Banks " for the day as well as a professional photographer, you can see some of his shots of me down below and his site for more of his work at: PhillipBischoff.Com

For me it was another case of not only showcasing my freestyle skills but also giving workshops to the kids and being able to teach them a thing or two as well. I even managed to join in and play a couple games myself, that was great fun and a refreshing change from purely just performing my freestyle at events.

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Still nice to be asked for photos and my social media by kids, it lets me know that they rate what I do! :)

Once again the event was a huge success and I want to thank the team and everyone for having me for another rooftop event (which by the way makes for he coolest venue ever!). another massive thank as well for the professional pics by Hamburg's finest, Phillip Bischoff, a small gallery of my favourite shots from the day you can see below:

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