Learn the ‘Elastico’ – as performed by Amir Zidane!

We continue to share five of Amir Zidane’s favourite skills, as performed in The Victory Boys sequel ‘Team Spirit’.

After mastering last week’s ‘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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See the comments section below for a fabulous elastico by Cristiano Ronaldo (although the less said about the cross that followed, the better!)

Mr Bateman’s Diary: Entry #02

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Colin Bateman: Husband. Gardener. Free thinker. Shabab al-Nasr fan.

 
Sunday 26th April
 

Dear Diary,
 
Jolly interesting day today. Mrs Bateman had me get up early to crack on with some pruning I’d been putting off. (No, Diary, that wasn’t the interesting part. Far from it, in fact.) While I was trimming away – and long after mosque school had started, I might add – I encountered young Junayd and Ibrahim, the perennial latecomers, running up the street (young Ibrahim looks more and more bleary-eyed every time I see him. I do hope he’s getting enough sleep and not staying up all night watching
Match of the Day).
 
So, it being a long time since I’d had a good old chat with the Imam and Coach Saleem, I asked Junayd to pass on an invitation. Anyway, long story short: they all popped round later and informed me of a most intriguing development as regards the Victory Boys’ team… you won’t believe it, Diary… they’ve only gone and signed Zidane!!!
 
Well, OK, not that Zidane, but a very promising sounding young chap by the name of
Amir Zidane. (Interesting first name – I must look that up on the Internet and find out the meaning). I suppose the only possible problem might be: if he’s really that good, are the other boys’ places in the team secure? I wonder what they’re thinking about their new team-mate!
 
Sleep well Diary. I know I will, after all that pruning. Never again! Until the next time, anyway…
 
P.S. The Imam evidently hasn’t been using his time to brush up on his football knowledge. We were talking about transfers and someone mentioned the
Bosman Ruling. He asked, “Is this the same busman who Jossy Marino gets to park his bus in front of the goal in the Chelsea matches?” He said he’d heard about that on the radio and that he’d be happy to report other football news to us in future!
(Don’t give up your day job, Imam Munieb…)
 
Yours achingly (my sides, at least),
Colin

Learn the ‘Rainbow Flick’ – as performed by Amir Zidane!

In this series of posts, we share five of Amir Zidane’s favourite skills, as performed in ‘Team Spirit’.
 
 
Having learned the ‘Rabona’ last week, 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 my comment below for an instructive ‘rainbow flick’ video from Daniel Cutting, skills specialist.
 

Learn the ‘Rabona’ – as performed by Amir Zidane!

In this series of posts, we share five of Amir Zidane’s favourite skills, as performed in ‘Team Spirit’.
 
 
Up first is the ‘rabona‘:
 
rabona text
 
Here’s how to do it! (click to enlarge the image)
 
rabona
 
You might also like to check out this instructive video, courtesy of the ‘YourHowToDo’ channel on Youtube*.

 
*Please keep in mind that I can vouch only for the video (on this date of posting), and not the comments posted beneath it!

Mr Bateman’s Diary: Entry #01

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Colin Bateman: Husband. Gardener. Free thinker. Shabab al-Nasr fan.

 
Friday 10th April
 

Dear Diary,
 
Goodness, what an exhausting day in the garden. I hope I never see another weed in my life. (Unlikely!) I’m getting too old for this, Diary. I’ve got muscles aching in places I didn’t know I had muscles.
 
I would have asked the Imam to lend a hand, but I knew he’d be particularly busy today, what with it being Friday. Perhaps I should ask a couple of the Victory Boys to come over and help me with my garden. It would certainly build up their strength, in preparation for the tournament – not long now! What a marvellous day that was last year, Diary. It all came together – must have been written, I think. I suppose the boys will be desperate to win it again this year, but I’m not sure those Sedgecombe Shuttles will let them get away with it a second time…
 
I can’t wait to find out though!
 
Yours creakingly,
Colin

A little taste of what’s to come… inshallah!

Assalamu alaikum everyone – peace be upon you all!

Drumroll please…

Yesterday, after several ‘takes’ (I had to take the rubbish out, then I took my family grocery shopping, then I took a nap), a brand new book trailer was born. And here it is! What do you think?

(Here’s the trailer for the first book too, for those of us who like to reminisce!)

Jamal

That’s the spirit!

world cup trophy

The World Cup.

 

 

 

european championships trophy

 

The European Championship.

 

 

 

Yes, the best things in football do seem to come round every four years.

 

 

It’s perhaps fitting, then, that after four years of waiting…

 

four years of wondering…

 

four years of checking the Kube website

 

(and that’s just what I’ve been doing)
 

the sequel to The Victory Boys has arrived!!

 

 

Well, not quite arrived – not yet – but it’s so close that you can almost smell it.

And what does it smell like?

Well, it smells like team spirit!

 

 

The Victory Boys: Team Spirit.

 

 

COMING SOON!