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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!

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!

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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I need that new contract asap @bvb09 😜

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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

More Shows February - April 2016

Fortunately for myself, I was once again able to freestyle at a wide variety of really cool events for this time period.

Furthermore, I also did some shows as part of the opening event of Intersport Olympia. One thing I really like about these type of events is that if it is an opening event, it tends to have a great atmosphere to it full of hype and excitement, this one certainly followed this trend!

Here you can see some of the onlookers from a crowd as I started doing some combos. This event was for the opening of one of their Berlin stores and lasted across 2 days, so the shopping centre was full of people just passing through. I can't imagine what it must have been like for some people just walking through casually doing some shopping and then seeing some random guy doing crazy football tricks haha.

April in particular was a busy month and started with one of my favourite freestyle events from the year so far in performing with my good friend Kevin Buchert at a 'Panna' event in "Adidas - The Base" in Berlin.

Adidas - The Base - Panna Event

Of course it is always great to freestyle with Kevin, he's one of my best friends so when we get the opportunity to freestyle together at the same event we both know we are going to put everything into it and leave the event super happy. Together, we put on some great shows of our freestyle football skills in the panna arena and the crowd really liked this in between the main panna event itself.

Adidas - The Base - Panna Event

For anyone who doesn't know what 'Panna' is, it is essentially where you have to try and 'nutmeg' or put the ball through an opponents legs, but there are goals to defend as well. It is really fun but you have to be very quick and sneaky and try to avoid getting caught out and humiliated!

I also entered the tournament too just for a bit of fun and managed to get to the semi-finals which was a very nice surprise especially as I don't really play football or panna and just focus on freestyle. Managed to get the cool photo from above with some other guys at the event, everyone there was having a good time you could tell and the vibes were all good, amazing day and event it has to be said!

Then later in April, possibly an even better venue than The Base was doing some freestyle shows for Air Liquide in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin!

Kitted out in the Germany National Team kit right next to the iconic blue running track.

Kitted out in the Germany National Team kit right next to the iconic blue running track.

In total I did 3 shows at this event, all were conducted in the VIP area of the stadium as that was the main area for the event. This event was all for the employees at Air Liquide (The world leader in gasses, technologies and services for health and industry).

Air Liquide - Olympic Stadium Berlin

While this event was pretty short and sweet I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think my audience did too. The Olympic Stadium sure was an incredible venue to showcase my skills so it is no wonder I am smiling in all the photos from the event!

Finally to conclude with April I also teamed up with female freestyler Nina Windmuller doing a show together for the charity organization "Streetfootballworld".

This event was also in Berlin but I was not paid the fee I usually charge what I believe to be a very worthy cause. I think it is very important to be able to give something back to people so on this occasion that was through me and Nina's freestyle football skills at the event.

Streetfootballworld

While this was once again a pretty short and sweet event for me, I cannot stress what a rewarding feeling it is to see some people's reactions from our skills, even when you aren't being paid much for it. Streetfootballworld are an incredible charity organization that seek to create social change for the greater good through the power of football, I urge you to check out their website here.

It was awesome to be a part of their event that day and I wish them all the best of luck with their future work and ambitions. A very fulfilling way to round off this busy time of the year for me as we head into spring!

Thanks again for reading,

Peace!