“We will use a different judging system!” – Sven Fielitz
Sven Fielitz – Tek Neek
I think the tittle of this interview can be convincing enough to let you learn a bit more about the Epic Skills tournament! The open freestyle football competition in Luxembourg will take place in June, where the PWG, Erlend Fagerli and Sven Fielitz – the man responsible for Tek Neek and one of the organizers of this event will be judging.
I decided to find out more about him and asked him a few questions about the tournament, Tek Neek and his greatest passion – freestyle football!
Imagine that it is already the day after the competition – how do you want to remember them?
The most important aspect to me personally is that every freestyler who comes to the Epic Skills competition enjoys his stay here in Luxembourg. Of course, I want the competition to be a success as well. It is a new chapter for me since I’ve never organized a competition before and I just hope everything works as planned and that I didn’t forget anything important. I also want to remember a crazy competition with many insane, technically difficult battles and a lot of new tricks. Best case scenario: the freestylers expecting this competition to happen again next year.
Are you organizing a tournament for the first time? How do you feel in the role of organizer? What is the hardest thing?
I’m actually not organizing this competition by myself. The idea originates together with Adriel Trombin from the ‘Rotondes’, an activist in the local dance scene who is known for organising the most prestigious dance event in Luxembourg called ‘GC Battles’, Domenico Laporta, a promoter of the street culture in Luxembourg and CEO of the ALSS (Association Luxembourgeoise du Street Soccer) and myself. The ‘Rotondes’ will be the location of Epic Skills – a one-of-a-kind venue consisting of two abandoned railway roundhouses. This location reminds me a lot of the Roundhouse in London, the location used at the Red Bull Street Style finals in 2016. However, the ‘Rotondes’ stands out to me because it’s smaller, thus creating a better atmosphere for events like this one.
To answer your question, it is the first time for me to organise an event like this. I can’t really say what the hardest part is, since most of the work is ahead of us. I believe coordinating everything during the event will be the hardest part, since I’m judging the battles as well, together with Erlend Fagerli and Philip Warren Gertsson.
Are you going to enter something different than in other tournaments?
We will use a different judging system! It’s a system first introduced by the Fagerlibrothers but supported by many other freestylers as well. Basically it divides judging into 5 different judging criteria: difficulty, allround, originality, execution and control. Ideally one judge will focus on one criteria, but when the judging panel consists of 3 judges, 2 of the judges will cover 2 criteria. The Epic Skills competition will be the first competition testing out this new system.
What should the winner of the tournament stand out – how do you see him in your head?
In my opinion, the winner should of course be the best in the technical difficulty of tricks, and he/she should stand out by having his own unique way of freestyling – a fresh style with original moves. Basically I hope that the best freestyler during that day wins the competition.
We can’t forget about freestyle football – what gives you this sport, and how it would look your simple day without it?
It’s so cliché to say this, but freestyle football gives me everything. It’s a platform for me to free my mind, get creative, create stuff and just have fun. There’s so many different ways to appreciate freestyle football, from the joy it brings from landing a new trick or a combo you’ve always wanted to land, to the people you meet and train with or the community in general. I believe the freestyle community is unique – there’s so many positive vibes and so many different mindsets and it’s always a pleasure to get to know someone a bit better during long hotel nights in competitions or just revisiting old memories with freestylers you’ve known for ages.
Also you are a founder of Tek Neek – how it was started?
Tek Neek was founded it 2010, together with Thomas Vandendriessche, a freestyler some people might remember from the old days under the name of ThomasVdd. Thomas and I initially planned to create a show concept with Tek Neek. A duo of freestylers performing together at different events. However, this concept slowly faded away due to the fact that Thomas and I lived a few hours apart, so meeting and training together frequently wasn’t possible.
Lateron, Tek Neek evolved into a platform where we publish football freestyle videos. Back in the days, having a decent camera wasn’t as common as it is today, since most freestylers were a lot younger and couldn’t afford a decent camera and the technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today. So Tek Neek stood out by the high quality of production that I still want to push and promote today. If I could give you a definition or introduction to Tek Neek, I would say “Tek Neek is dedicated to producing quality football freestyle content and bringing it to a growing global community.” There’s no financial gain in producing these videos. We do it for the freestyle football community.
What next with Tek Neek – are you have any future plans?
There’s some plans in the making. I can’t tell you too much as for right now, however I can say that a redesign of the logo, maybe even the name is planned.
What can you encourage freestylers to come to the tournament?
There’s many reasons for freestylers to come to this competition. First of all, I believe there haven’t been many people from the community that have visited Luxembourg before. Luxembourg exists since the year 963, and it used to be a hard fought fortress in the last centuries. Nowadays, there’s many remainings of different walls in the city itself – and the mix between those old walls and modern architecture gives Luxembourg City a fairytale like feeling and atmosphere. The city, registered on the UNESCO world heritage list, is a must-see for every traveller.
Secondly, there’s many great freestylers coming to this competition. The line-up of invited freestylers consists of Martin Schopf, Alexander Wessberg, Mathieu Pierron, Soufiane Bencok, Brian Morales, Daniel Mikołajek, Jesse Marlet and Bartłomiej Rak. Many other great freestylers such as Pedrinho, Daigoro, Ahmadreza or Akbari have shown great interest in competing in this championship. Therefore, coming to this competition means meeting up with many great players of this sport.
Lastly, there’s a prize money of 1000€ for the winner of the competition.
1) Favourite quote…
I don’t really have a favourite quote. I like this one though from one of my favourite movies “Your Name.”. Hitoha Miyamizu: “Treasure the experience. Dreams fade away after you wake up.”
2) Favourite music track…
3) Ball #1 is…
I’m in love with the Adidas Telstar 18.