Recently we had the pleasure of asking Zak Drake some questions about his new side, Las Vegas Lights, as well as his football career as a whole and the work he does off the pitch.
What’s your journey been like so far as a footballer?
It's best explained on my website, but basically: youth in Canada, pro exposure in Brazil at age 15-16,
college scholarship to school in USA, after graduating played in Germany Australia and Portugal,
now I’m here in Vegas. It's been a real grind.
How did you become involved with Las Vegas Lights - what attracted you to the club?
I’m really looking to set the culture of the team and support the community as much as I can. This blank slate is a new opportunity.
What’s it like to be part of a brand new football team?
It’s great. The blank slate feeling almost gives you confidence because there are no previous failures, no bad habits, no negativity. It’s fresh and new.
What did you make of Las Vegas Lights’ first game against Montreal Impact?
It was so great to play in the first match in club history. It was also really cool that it was against a Canadian team! It was an honour. The fans made for a great atmosphere.
Are you personally confident about the strength of Las Vegas Lights going into next season?
Definitely. We have a lot of talent from Mexico and America. The coaches really know their stuff and I have full faith that by March, we’ll have it all sorted out!
What are your thoughts on your recently unveiled kit?
They're flashy. I think it represents the city well. The tag for the post was “we don’t do ordinary” and that shows with the unique style and the emoji on the inside!
As well as being a pro player, you also have your own website with tips to help people go pro. To give our readers a flavour of what you're about, what’s your number one piece of advice to a young player who wants to go pro?
Get clear on your goal, remind yourself of it often, and take tiny steps each day towards achieving it. When you get off track (and you will) start it over again.
Mondo Calcio is a fresh new football streetwear brand which celebrates football fandom and the culture behind it. We recently managed to get a quick interview with Liam, the owner of Mondo Calcio, which can be read below, but first I'd like to urge you to check out their website and discover a new way to express your passion for football - through streetwear.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am currently a student studying academics, this however isn't my passion. Football and the atmosphere surrounding it has been a major part of my life since birth.
Are you a big football fan? Who do you support?
Yes, I'm a massive football fan ever since I was very young. I was born into a family of football fans, mainly Chelsea fans so that's all I've known. But I enjoy watching all kinds of football! Especially Italian football, with all the passion of the players and the fans, hopefully the golden years of Italian football will be come back around very soon.
What made you want to start Mondo Cal?
Believe it or not, it was literally a typical shower thought! I looked into it and saw a massive gap in the market for a football streetwear brand. I would love the feeling of walking down the high street somewhere and seeing somebody wearing one of my designs. Plus, I love a good challenge.
What are your hopes for the future of Mondo Calcio?
The future with Mondo Calcio? I'm really optimistic about it. Obviously, we have long term targets and short term targets. Short term, I would like to get my brand out there and people knowing about us. And long term, we are looking to the top and being a mainstay in streetwear fashion and representing football in the streetwear industry. Looking to branch out into other cultures is definitely on the cards. Time will tell.
Thank you Liam for allowing us to interview you and thanks to everyone else for reading! As well as taking a look at their website, you can also follow Mondo Calcio on social media (links below)
Kyle Jagger is a Man United fan, lover of football and designer. He's the creator of football fashion brand False9, and recently we got the chance to ask him about him & the work that he's done.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Kyle.
Well, my name is Kyle jagger. I'm 28 years old, from Oldham, Greater Manchester and I'm the creator and designer of False9. I'm currently a product development designer. Aside from False9, on a day to day basis I design retail clothing and shoe walls for a sports brands and stores.
What was your inspiration behind False9?
I've always wanted to create something I'm passionate about. Football and fashion have always been close to my heart, so why not combine them. My initial inspiration was to create simple t-shirts with footballs names on the back, but with a twist. I wanted to use the names used by Konami in old ISS and Pro Evolution Soccer video games. Konami didn't have the licenses to use the correct player names, so Zidane became Zedane, Roberto Carlos - Roberto Larcos etc.
These names became iconic in the world of football and video games. That idea didn't materialise after a few samples (although I am hoping to delve into that again at some point!). So, my inspiration turned to retro kits. I wanted to combine the old designs from classic kits and modernise them, turning them into statement pieces.
This is helped by the great shapes and colours from retro kits. So it's really creative to find parts of a design, tweak them and add other things, while combing them with my own ideas and adding that modern touch.
Which football team do you support? What are your thoughts on how this season is going for them?
I'm a lifelong Manchester United fan. After the highs of the Sir Alex era, it's been a grounding few years. After three very poor years with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, I am feeling more positive this season. Yes, we don't look as though we'll get top 4, but with the possibility of ending the season with two trophies we're definitely heading in the right direction.
As well as that, our play this season has improved. It's a better feeling to know that we should have had a lot more points this season if we'd have taken more of our chances, instead of it being boring rigid football with four shots a game.
What are your plans for the future of False9 and/or any other projects you might be working on?
My plans for False9 are to build up the brand's name and to grow a great reputation within the fashion and sports world. My aim is to also evolve the brand into becoming a kit supplier for football clubs, expand the collection of products while keeping with the core values of why I created False9.
Thank you Kyle Jagger for agreeing to do this interview. Good luck with False9, we think it's going to be very successful! Check out the False9 website and buy a t-shirt by clicking here. Also, check out False9 on social media:
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Video by West Ham Fan TV.
Recently Mike, from West Ham Fan TV, sat down with Robbie, the owner of ArsenalFanTV, to ask him questions about football fan channels & fan media as a whole. It's a very interesting video I strongly suggest you watch it. The topics discussed include: fan channels on YouTube, fan-cams, extortionate ticket prices, the treatment of fans by clubs, the media perception of fan channels and the next generation of football fans.
Adam Boultwood (right) [via @AdamBoultwood on Twitter]
Here's our interview with Adam Boultwood, a successful podcaster, producer and YouTube personality best known for his work on channels such as The Football Republic and Football Daily. Check out Adam on Twitter - @AdamBoultwood
To start things off, for the benefit of those who don't already know who you are, tell us a bit about yourself.
So I’m the host of The Front 3 podcast (available on iTunes, hint hint) and have been producing online football content for around 7 years now - I started Football Daily so you may have seen me there in the past, or more recently on The Football Republic, a channel I ran until the end of last year. I’m now working with Spencer Owen aka Spencer FC on some new projects, which is very exciting.
When, why and how did your obsession with Tottenham Hotspur begin?
Well, my Dad supports Tottenham so I didn’t really have a choice! But I fell in love with the club pretty quickly - players like Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham and David Ginola made it hard not to. Unfortunately Spurs were a pretty mediocre mid-table team in the late 90s and early 2000s when I was growing up - but those struggles just make the fact the club is now being talked of as a title challengers all the more rewarding.
What's the best bit about being on The Front 3?
Getting to talk about football with your mates every week. Laurence, Dave and Kris are three of the smartest and most interesting people to talk the beautiful game with, so it’s a pleasure making the podcast with them. And we’re very lucky and humbled that people enjoy listening as well. I like to think we’re trying to do something a little bit different - insightful yet entertaining analysis.
We've had the pleasure of watching you in the football YouTube scene for quite a while now. What are your plans for the future?
I’m working on some great stuff with Spencer right now, including the Hashtag Academy, which is really exciting. As for The Front 3, we’ve got some big plans to really kick-off our own YouTube channel this year. I’m also hoping to launch my own channel sooner rather than later, so watch this space. As for what will be actually be on it…well I haven’t thought that far yet!
Lastly, what are your hopes for Tottenham this season?
The top 6 is very tight at the moment, so right now I’d say a top 4 finish - above Arsenal! To finish above them for the first time since I was 6 - let’s just say I’ll be having a few drinks if that happens. I’m hopeful more than expectant. To win the FA Cup would also be fantastic - it would be our first silverware since 2008 and a sign of our progress under Pochettino.
We want to give Adam a huge thank you for answering some of our questions, hopefully we can have you on the site again in the future!
Follow Adam on Twitter - @AdamBoultwood
We recently had the privilege to ask football fan Vizeh (who also has a popular YouTube channel with over 25,000 subscribers) some questions about football, YouTube, and his beloved Burnley! Check out Vizeh's YouTube channel here.
How did you first get into making YouTube videos?
Surprisingly my first upload on YouTube in fact was a Call of Duty Montage on MW2 in 2010, I spent a good 2 years non stop playing that game sadly. However I first decided to give YouTube a go early 2013 when my mum passed away, it was a coping mechanism and it helped take things off my mind, since then I didn't stop, and when I got people saying they enjoy my stuff it only made me more determined.
Congratulations on recently hitting 25,000 subscribers on YouTube. What are your long term goals for your YouTube channel?
Appreciate the support aha! My long term goals is simple, try to entertain as many people as I possibly can. I want to establish my brand and most importantly get more recognition to the Burnley VLOGS, the fan culture on YouTube nowadays is either getting a negative light, such as ArsenalFanTV, or not getting any what so ever.
We saw you feature on Fan TV last year, what was it like appearing on live TV?
It was an unbelievable experience to see what happens behind the camera lens. Was certainly more excited than nervous even though I told friends and family i'll be on. Fortunately I was used to talking to a camera so there wasn't an awkwardness to it, will never forget it.
How long have you been going to Burnley games for, and what's been your favourite moment from a game?
I've been a season ticket holder since I was 8 years old in the 2006/07 season, back in good old days of Andy Gray and James O'Connor, this was thanks to my brother, since then I felt great pride with my club.
It's a very tough choice as there has been a lot of good times in these last years. For me it's Michael Keane's 90th minute equaliser against Boro, our closest rivals that season, that goal practically sent us to win the title. Words can't describe how sweet it tasted to see that ball roll in, that's why fortunately I was able to record the scenes around me that day to look back on!
Finally, what are your hopes for the Burnley this season, and in the long term?
Stay in the Premier League. It's that simple we as a club are breaking WAYYYY out of our depth, our town is tiny and it means everything to be in the best league in the world. In the long term I want to see the town and the club grow, the money that the Prem brings can be used to help shape the town itself and establish itself as a Premier League club. Thanks for the questions mate, good luck!
We'd like to thank Vizeh once again for agreeing to answer our questions, hopefully we can work together again at some point in the future!
Check out Vizeh on social media:
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