Dazzling Zidane Football Skills: Akka

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Today it’s the fifth and final skill from Amir Zidane’s bag of tricks, as performed in The Victory Boys sequel Team Spirit.

Remember to keep visiting www.thevictoryboys.com for content like this and more!

 

After learning the roulette last time, we go street soccer today with the knee akka.

Read how Amir befuddled his opponent in Team Spirit, as he

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Here’s how to perform the akka (click to enlarge the image)

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Take a look at this video to see current Tottenham player Jan Vertonghen’s casual akka while in training at Ajax!

[Both Kube and Jamal Orme can vouch only for the video (on the date of posting), and not the comments posted beneath it]

 


Jamal’s first book The Victory Boys is available here
The Victory Boys: Team Spirit is available to pre-order now! Coming to Kube 5th June 2015

Dazzling Zidane Football Skills: Roulette

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Today we learn the fourth of Amir Zidane’s five favourite skills, as performed in The Victory Boys sequel Team Spirit.

Following on from the elastico, we present the roulette, made famous by Amir’s namesake: former Juventus, Real Madrid and France midfielder Zinedine Zidane.

Here’s Amir performing the trick in Team Spirit:

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And here’s how you do a roulette! (click to enlarge the image)

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If you want to see a double roulette like Amir’s, check out this video for a wonderful example by Yannick Ferreira Carrasco!

[Both Kube and Jamal Orme can vouch only for the video (on the date of posting), and not the comments posted beneath it]

 


Jamal’s first book The Victory Boys is available here
The Victory Boys: Team Spirit is available to pre-order now! Coming to Kube 5th June 2015

Dazzling Zidane Football Skills: Elastico

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We are sharing five of Amir Zidane’s favourite skills, as performed in The Victory Boys sequel Team Spirit. These all feature on www.thevictoryboys.com where you can also find more exclusive content and resources.

After mastering the rainbow flick, you’ll be ready to have a go at Amir’s third skill, the elastico, a trick Amir uses to mesmerizing effect in the book:

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So, here’s how to do it! (click to enlarge the image)

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Watch this video for a fabulous elastico by Cristiano Ronaldo (although the less said about the cross that followed, the better!)

[Both Kube and Jamal Orme can vouch only for the video (on the date of posting), and not the comments posted beneath it]

 


Jamal’s first book The Victory Boys is available here
The Victory Boys: Team Spirit is available for pre-order, coming to Kube June 2015

Dazzling Zidane Football Skills: Rainbow Flick

Written by site_admin on . Posted in Children's Books, Jamal Orme, Team Spirit

We continue to learn new football skills as featured on www.thevictoryboys.com – these all come from Jamal Orme’s upcoming The Victory Boys: Team Spirit, available from Kube from June 2015.

Having learned the rabona last time, our second skill is the rainbow flick, a trick we find Amir putting to good use in his first Shabab training session:

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Here’s how to do it! (click to enlarge the image)

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Check out this instructive rainbow flick video from Daniel Cutting, skills specialist.

[Both Kube and Jamal Orme can vouch only for the video (on the date of posting), and not the comments posted beneath it]

 


Jamal’s first book The Victory Boys is available here
The Victory Boys: Team Spirit is available for pre-order, coming to Kube June 2015

Dazzling Zidane Football Skills: Rabona

Written by site_admin on . Posted in Children's Books, Jamal Orme, Team Spirit

Over the next five days we will be featuring posts from www.thevictoryboys.com – the website dedicated to Jamal Orme’s The Victory Boys and its upcoming sequel.

Each post will bring a new footballing skill, as performed by Amir Zidane in The Victory Boys: Team Spirit!

Up first is the rabona:

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Here’s how to do it! (click to enlarge the image)
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You might also like to check out this instructive video, courtesy of the ‘YourHowToDo’ channel on Youtube

[Both Kube and Jamal Orme can vouch only for the video (on the date of posting), and not the comments posted beneath it]

 


Jamal’s first book The Victory Boys is available here
The Victory Boys: Team Spirit is available for pre-order, coming to Kube June 2015

Jamal Orme: The Victory Boys Sequel

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Read our short interview with Jamal Orme about his upcoming book and the influences behind his writing

Today is World Book Day and to celebrate we caught up with Kube author Jamal Orme to talk about his upcoming book The Victory Boys: Team Spirit, a further tale about faith and football and their role in adolescent Muslim experience.

Team Spirit continues the story from Jamal’s writing debut, and will speak to all young Muslims about faith, community and identity.

As Shabab Al-Nasr prepare to defend their trophy, in walks Amir, a player good enough to win it on his own! But for all his stunning skills, is he ready to become one of the team? And with Ibrahim battling jealousy and low self-confidence, can the Victory Boys find that winning team spirit once more?

Recommended for ages 9+

 

Kube: The Victory Boys is an enjoyable and accessible tale for young Muslims who might associate themselves with Junayd’s story. What inspired you to write this book in the first place?

Jamal Orme: A few things, really. The main one was the notion that it’s easier to be yourself if you don’t have separate identities in your life. In the story, the imam of the mosque suddenly gets the idea to connect the boys’ two worlds: their football obsession, and their identity as young Muslims, something they are struggling to generate the same enthusiasm for. It seemed to me that often the reaction when children are caught between those two worlds is to almost become two separate people, and not to feel comfortable about themselves, or even to really know themselves. The imam, whose well-intended approach to training children has always been very rigid, surprises himself, and I think it’s clear that the boys benefit from him more as a result.

I should add that I was also running a football club, which began as a club for Muslim boys but extended beyond that, so that undoubtedly helped to plant the seed of a plot in my head as well!

 

K: On World Book, UNESCO is seeking to promote reading among young people. How has your experience in education helped you to engage with a younger Muslim audience?

JO: I was a primary school teacher and a peripatetic teacher in primary schools for quite a few years, working in a multicultural London school, two schools for Muslim children, and a number of schools in Sussex. There’s a fairly well-established stereotype that boys don’t particularly like to read, and while that’s a pretty sweeping generalization, I could see that boys need to have something they’re interested in for them to want to pick up a book. I could be wrong, but my perception is that the amount of literature targeted at boys (or, at least, primarily at boys) has increased over the last decade or so. However, while these books are usually very well written and, on the whole, moral and positive, there are elements to them that aren’t perhaps 100% suited to the sort of ideas that some Muslim parents and teachers have about what is best for their children. I have tried to combine elements that I know these boys are interested in with messages about familiar and interesting
problems,without compromising those moral ideas.

 

K: What can we look forward to from the sequel The Victory Boys: Team Spirit?

JO: Team Spirit focuses on what happens to the team’s dynamic, and the personal self-esteem of its individuals, when both are threatened. We meet an important new character, Amir Zidane, whose stunning skills are a source of great concern for the existing team members. We see how they react, and find out whether the issue is enough to wreck their chances of retaining the trophy they won in the first book!

 

The Victory Boys: Team Spirit is a forthcoming release from Kube expected May 2015

 

Jamal’s first book, The Victory Boys, is available here (also available as an eBook)

For more content about Jamal and his fiction visit The Victory Boys website:  http://thevictoryboys.com

 

World Book and Copyright Day (UNESCO)
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/wbcd

“Through its Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions […] UNESCO is seeking to promote reading among young people and marginalised groups”.

 

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