Last evening, football enthusiasts in Singapore united around the shared love for the sport at adidas HERE TO CREATE. Held on 24 July 2017 at Clifford Square, the event was attended by over 250 members of the public, media and guests of adidas Singapore.
Over 250 football enthusiasts created an electrifying atmosphere at the event. Photo: adidas Singapore
Attendees bore witness to the finale of an amazing feat by local football stars of past and present, including Fandi Ahmad, Ilhan and Iryan Fandi, Izwan Mahbud (Tampines Rovers), Shahdan Sulaiman (Tampines Rovers), Nazrul Nazari (Hougang United), Khairul Nizam (Home United), and more. The local heroes set the Singapore record for the longest football dribble relay, stretching over 10.6km through the city. The attempt started from the original home of Singapore football - Jalan Besar Stadium. Cutting through popular urban football locations, the feat ended at Clifford Square. FC Bayern Munich players Thomas Müller, David Alaba, and James Rodriguez joined the last leg of dribblers, Ilhan and Iryan Fandi, to complete the record.
Fandi Ahmad kicking off the Longest Football Dribble Relay. Photo: adidas Singapore
Participants of the Longest Football Dribble Relay took the stage for an officiation of the Singapore record with a representative from Singapore Book of Records (“SBOR”) and adidas Brand Communications Manager Joseph Lee. Thereafter, FC Bayern Munich players split into three teams, each led by Thomas Müller, David Alaba, and James Rodriguez for the first of its kind football freestyle battle.
For the first time ever, our local football stars had the opportunity to be on the same team as the international players to take part in this showcase of football creativity. Joined by local professional footballers and co-founder of the Urban Street Team Terence Ong, the teams took the stage to push the boundaries of creativity in sport and dazzled the crowd with their skills.
James Rodriguez. Photo: adidas Singapore
The battle for football flair supremacy concluded with Team Müller, with the crowd unanimously cheering in unison for their show of skill. Tampines Rovers goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud and Urban Street Team’s Terence Ong shared, “We now have the honour of saying that we were on the same team as Müller, Alaba, and James (for the football freestyle battle). I loved every single minute of the event as #HERETOCREATE gave us the opportunity to inspire not only our fans, but ourselves as well, to shatter existing boundaries and create new ones when it comes to expressing ourselves through football.”
Some members of the public also got the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourite footballers from FC Bayern Munich, having a chance to snap selfies and get the autographs of Thomas Müller, David Alaba, and James Rodriguez.
Krishna Viknesh, 20, student, who witnessed the FC Bayern Munich players collaborate with local footballers expressed, “Seeing my favourite local footballers go head to head with Müller, Alaba, and James, in a football freestyle showcase, was a surreal experience! It was an unforgettable and inspiring sight for all of us present.”
#HERETOCREATE was organised to bring to life the brand’s football philosophy. Peter Stastny, Commercial Director of adidas Singapore shares, “It is amazing to see fans and local footballers get up close and personal with the biggest football names in the world. We hope this event has inspired them to push their own boundaries through creativity. We wanted to unite the community around their shared love for football – and by creating a new Singapore record, we hope to have inspired these football enthusiasts to celebrate their individuality through creative expression but at the same time, working together as a team to shatter existing boundaries and create new ones.”
adidas Singapore will also hold the next Tango League urban football competition in August 2017. The one-day event gives youths the opportunity to showcase their skills and vie for the coveted title of MVP and a one year boot deal.
Stay tuned to our page at facebook.com/adidasSG for more information.