All thanks to The Cage & Manchester Utd Soccer School (MUSS) for the
great street futbol experience over the short weekend. Street Kings – Edward
Van Gils and Issy “Hitman” Hamdaoui, together with Khalid Hamdaoui, were in
town for a clinic. I am one of those luckiest boys who had the
once-in-a-life-time opportunity to interact and mingle with them. And where
could be the best place to interact and mingle with them other than on a futsal
Street Kings is made up of Edward Van Gils and Issy “Hitman” Hamdaoui.
Edward is one of the pioneers of street futbol and is one of the first
internationally known street futbol players in the world. Looking through his
portfolio, he owes an amazing resume such as working with Coca Cola, EA Sports
where he did the motion capture for Fifa Street II & III, and even had one
of the leading roles in numerous Nike campaigns worldwide and has done
commercials with football stars like Ronaldinho and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
For his partner, Issy Hitman, is one of the most respected street
futbol players in the world. Just how good he is, well, check out his
akka-panna foot work from the youtube and you will know. Similar to Edward,
Issy does not have an “Issy” (pronounced as easy) life too. He did a Nike
commercial with Messi in 2005 and currently he’s plying his trade as a
professional futsal player in Netherland and Belgium concurrently.
together with them was also Khalid Hamdaoui, the only professional futbol
player, who is currently turning out for Raja Casablanca. Khalid is the elder
brother of Issy’s who does have his own fair share of great professional
achievement. Khalid represented the dutch national youth team while playing for
Ajax Amsterdam youth. His famous team mates included Roy Makaay and Rafael Van
Der Vaart. At the age of
18, Khalid went on to shine in the J-League with Tokyo Verdy 1969 and Dundee FC
in the scottish league in year 2007.
Previously, I also had the chance to play with some of the world famous
freestylers like S3’s Sean, Gautier and Wass, Jeon Kwon (JK) and Kamalio when
they were in town last year. Although all of them were equally friendly, I have
got a much better and stronger impression of this trio here. Simply say, the 3
of them are the most friendliest lot I have met so far!
Back to the pitch, futsal is their forte and of course we are talking about
skilled footwork here in action! Its amazing to see what they do with the ball
at their feet. In fact, as a player facing them, you are almost defending in
fear not knowing which is their right and final move. You anticipate their next
movement but likelyhood you will be fooled! The quick feet of theirs which I
have met were stunning and lighting fast. Not only me, I believe the rest of
the boys who played with them last Sunday at The Cage would agree with me.
Simply amazing, fellows!
After the whole clinic ended, the trio accepted Junpiter Futbol’s interview
and had some photos taken. Throughout the entire interview, there was not a
single thin layer of arrogance detected. Their fun-loving characters reflected
their generosity and humbleness despite being crowned street futbol legends.
There’s obviously a thing or two to learn from them to be honest.
So what did they share with Junpiter Futbol on their legendary lifes? What
is the one thing about themselves which they shared exclusively with Junpiter
Futbol which they have not ever shared with any other body before??
Stay tune for JPF TALK - featuring Street Kings Edward Van Gils & Issy
Hitman, and Khalid Hamdaoui!