The F2’s Billy Wingrove chatted to MATCH about the freestylers’ awesome new YouTube show – Finding Football!
WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
BILLY SAYS: “This was our opportunity to do something slightly different, and the series Finding Football is us going to different countries and discovering football cultures and how they’re different – what makes them work and what makes them unique!”
WERE THE FOOTY STYLES VERY DIFFERENT?
BILLY SAYS: “Every country we went to had their own unique style for one reason or the other – it could be the climate or the culture. For example in Japan, they believe everyone is one level. There shouldn’t be any rising stars, even though they probably could have. They have to pull through together and be the same as everyone else, although that’s a tradition that they’re trying to break from.”
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE?
BILLY SAYS: “Playing on the floating pitches in Thailand was just amazing! I’d seen pictures of it and always thought I’d never be able to go there. One minute you’re playing football and then you look up and think ‘How is this even possible.”
WHAT SORT OF CHALLENGES DO YOU DO?
BILLY SAYS: “Each challenge was totally unique to the place, mixing culture, music and football together. In Thailand we got two boats out and were challenged to do tekkers across them. We also played Sepak Takraw, which is like their version of football tennis with overhead kicks and a little ball made out of vinyl stuff!
Obviously LA is all about glitz, glamour and Hollywood so we made our own movie! It sounds a bit weird but we created a scene where we had to get the bad guys using footballs. But it was a proper movie set with an explosion in there and everything. It was the battle of – It’s not ‘Soccer, it’s Football’.”
WHICH PLACE WAS MOST FOOTY-MAD?
BILLY SAYS: “That’s a tough one! In Marseille, everyone’s playing footy everywhere, but the Brazilians, wherever you go, whoever they are, they love football! Iceland also took my breath away because it’s such an extreme country, but Brazil was probably my favourite.”
Launched June 13th – F2 Finding Football is a one-of-a-kind football show exploring the wonder, breadth, and depth of the beautiful game. Check out their awesome YouTube channel to view the series!