Rickard “Palle” Sjolander is a very talented freestyler from Sweden. Palle is only 18 years old, yet he’s already well known in the freestyling community. If you want to see the latest project he’s involved in, check out the10soccer.com/free. Photo courtesy of cero-freestyle.com
What influenced you to start freestyling?
For me, it all started after I saw the Nike commercial called “The Mission”. I just thought they did amazing things with the ball, and I was really amazed by Edgar Davids.
What where you like before you started freestyling? Where you always you a skillful player?
I have played football all my life and it was going very well for me, so I had the technique before I started to freestyle.
How often and what do you practice?
I practice every day. Some days I rest, but I usually train at least 6 days per week. I work on all kinds of tricks and new moves that I want to learn.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to learn freestyle?
Grab the ball and just do it! Watch loads of videos so you know how to execute the trick, then all you have to do is practice and practice until you get it. To make it more fun, bring a friend along and work together. Remember to have fun when you practice… otherwise it will become boring, and you’ll quit and move onto something else.
How do you come up with new tricks?
To come up with new tricks you need to have imagination – lots of it. You come up with a trick that you think is impossible, but 3 months later you do it… Just be patient!
What are the most important qualities that a freestyler should have?
You need to be patient, a hard trick doesn’t come after just one day. I know a guy in Ireland who doesn’t even like football. He only freestyles and he’s good at what he does. You need to love what you do! If you feel that it’s fun you’ll eventually become good through practice.
For you personally, what is the most difficult or frustrating part of freestyling?
It must be when I know I can do a combo or a trick very easily, yet I have to try more then once to get it.