Watch This Bodybuilder Play Soccer for the First Time Ever
After getting absolutely savaged during his first time trying rugby, YouTuber Jujimufu has opted for a slightly less brutal sport in one of his recent videos—albeit one that requires a hell of a lot of training—soccer (or football, as they call it in most of the world)! Juji and Tom are joined by pro climber Magnus Midtbø and ninja Anton Fomenko, both of whom played soccer as kids. Tom also played soccer up until the age of 18, making Juji the only absolute newbie.
They start off with some shooting, and while Juji gets the ball in the net on the first try, he makes a rookie mistake: kicking with his toe. As any playground footballer will tell you, toe bashing is bad form: You need to kick with the top inner side of your foot, as it gives you greater control. Juji improves his shooting technique, but his aim still needs work.
“OK, so it’s a lot harder when you have to think about the two different sides,” Juji says, adding that “this ground is getting destroyed right here” thanks to his misjudged kicks tearing up the grass.
Next up, Tom tries teaching Juji the “laces shot,” which allows a player to kick the ball with much more force by hitting it with the top of their boots. This technique is a little harder to master as it requires combining force with accuracy.
Then they move onto some of the flashier moves, including the “rainbow kick” which requires some fancy, frustrating footwork, and “bicycle kicks,” also known as overhead kicks, which really should only be attempted by professionals. Tom nails his, while Juji practices the move from a ground-level position—a wise precaution, given the risk of serious back injury should a player fall and land awkwardly. (Then in true soccer showman style, ninja Anton does a couple of backflip kicks.)
The video ends with a shootout between Tom and Juji, which goes about as well as you’d expect. It’s safe to say Juji won’t be changing careers any time soon, although if he can master the barbell backflip, he should eventually be able to nail the rainbow kick with enough practice.
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