Spotlight Video Profile: Freestyle Soccer Pro Mateusz Związek
With the help of extreme sports promoters like Red Bull, freestyle soccer has grown in leaps and bounds (and kicks) all around the world.
As soccer has become more skillful and intricate, so have the talents of players from young club teams to the pros.
In this exclusive interview with Football.com, Mateusz Związek explains what it takes to become a top fresstyler and sent us his latest video shot during a trip to Israel.
Mateusz is a professional football freestyler, a member of Be Freestyle Team and the founder of first freestyle football school in Poland. He spent one week in Israel last year and it was crazy experience. The video contains clips from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea.
Check out this cool footage and then read our Q&A with the Polish freestyle master.
Q&A with pro freestyle footballer Mateusz Związek
Q. How many hours a week do you have to practice to get so good?
Mateusz: I practice about 10 hours per week.
Q. How do you make your money as a freestyle pro? Do you have sponsors or does your funding come from your freestyle school?
Mateusz: I earn money mainly from shows, as I don’t have permanent sponsor.
Q. Tell us a little more about your school - where you are based and the kind of lessons you offer?
Mateusz: Our school teaches players how to control the ball, and while we prefer mostly freestyle, some street soccer and a little bit of classic football are included.
Q. Do you go into contests? If so, which ones and how did you do?
Mateusz: I am not currently competing. I am old boy in our community, but my teammate Szymon is always on the top. He was 2x World Champion and 1x Europe Champion.
Q. Is there a worldwide freestyle community? Do you support one another?
Mateusz: Yes we have strong community. Freestylers live in almost every country, but the biggest communities are in Poland, Russia, Japan and Mexico. We know each other very good because of internet and international meetings and competitions.
Q. Do you have any advice for kids wanting to become pro freestylers?
Mateusz: Here is one and the most important advice: practice makes perfect, work more and more and more.
Q. What;’s your favorite football team/player?
Mateusz: I am not really a football fan, but I am always supporting our national team.
Q. What’s your favorite trick?
Mateusz: I love basic tricks: around the world, hop the world, crossover, and heel juglles.
Q. What’s your best freestyle tip?
Mateusz: Go train!
Q. What kind of money can you make as a freestyle footballer?
Mateusz: There is no rule, but we always have the best time during big football championships like EURO or World Cup.