Claudinho Pinto

Urban Spotlight: Claudinho Might Be the Best Pound-for-Pound Street Baller in L.A.

Have you ever seen one of those guys who looks normal and unassuming, someone you quickly dismiss as not very athletic, and yet once he steps on the pitch, the guy just tears...

Edward van Gils’ Favorite Book is Absolutely Genius

During his recent visit to L.A., street football legend and pioneer Edward van Gils dropped in to our indoor facility, UrbanFutsal LA, to wreck some players and give us an exclusive...
Alfredo Sainz

Street Baller Alfredo Sainz on Going Pro, Bolivian Futsal, and Playing with Swag

Urban Pitch sat down with L.A. street baller Alfredo Sainz, whose career has spanned futsal, street soccer, and professional play in Bolivia. He’s been featured in trick-heavy spots like the Nike FootballX Skills video, played for the Red Bull Street Team ...

Urban Spotlight: Pro Freestyler Enry Maffioletti Lets His Crazy Skills Do the Talking

There must be something about freestyle football that either attracts mellow personalities or forces a person to chill out. It makes sense considering the hours of dedicated practice and honing...

Urban Spotlight: Why Séan Garnier Is an All-Around Maestro

Most people have heard of Séan Garnier. Even if you're not a hardcore soccer or freestyle fan, you've probably seen him in this commercial disguised as an old man or battling Neymar for...
Jade Elliott interview

Urban Spotlight: One-on-One with Futsaler Jade Elliott, Youthful Pioneer in UK’s Football League Trust

Youngsters from the UK are continuing to pioneer new avenues in women’s football. We recently spotlighted teen talent Liv Cooke, the UK’s first and only professional female freestyler. Today, we’re featuring Urban Pitch’s...

Patience, Persistence, and Passion: Argentina’s Charly Iacono is Finally World Freestyle Champ

Carlos Alberto Iacono, aka Charly, is a persistent man. A tried-and-true competitor, Charly is well-known and well-liked on the freestyle circuit, someone who has earned respect for his athleticism, composure,...
mark johnson

A Conversation With Designer Mark Johnson, Whose Illustrations Have Garnered Ronaldinho’s Stamp of Approval

England native Mark Johnson is yet another creative designer that has taken inspiration from the beautiful game. Using social media as a powerful exposure tool, Johnson's designs have been...
tristan blackmon

Checking In With LAFC Center Back Tristan Blackmon Ahead of His Second Season as a Pro

After a rookie season that saw plenty of learning opportunities, LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon is ready to make his impact felt across MLS. We catch up with the young...

Hip-Hop and Football: L.A. Rapper Jez Dior Talks His Love for the Beautiful Game

In the diverse city of Los Angeles, the football community football collides with music, art, and culture in an enigmatic way. The city paves avenues and pathways for just...
Jannis Gasser

The Man Behind the Camera: Why Everyone Needs Jannis Gasser in Their Instafeed

It's fair to say social media has been a catalyst for the rise of freestyle football in recent years, the chief culprit being everyone's favourite photo/video sharing app, Instagram. Every day,...
jesse marlet

Dutch Rising Star Jesse Marlet Is Making a Name for Himself Through Old-Fashioned Hard Work

At just 20 years old, Dutch freestyler Jesse Marlet has climbed the ladder and established himself amongst freestyle football's elite. With plenty more in store for the young phenom,...
kemar lawrence

God’s Plan: How Kemar Lawrence Rose from the Ashes to Become an MLS All-Star

After a devastating knee injury to end the 2018 season, New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence has quickly returned to form for both club and country in 2019....

Thiago Saltori is Unlike Any Freestyler You’ll Ever Meet

Brazilian veteran freestyler Thiago Saltori is a true original. Whether it’s his unorthodox style or his vast knowledge in Chinese medicine, Saltori has always gone against the grain —...

Street Football and Freestyle Extraordinaire Mohamed Reda Shares His Urban Picks

Anyone remotely involved in the street football or freestyle scenes can tell you about Mohamed "M10" Reda. The 24-year-old Moroccan talent born and raised in Belgium not only has...
goluremi

Pro Football Journeyman and Skills Tutorial Maven William John is Creating a Legacy Beyond the Pitch Through Goluremi

Playing in eight different countries and speaking eight different languages, pro footballer William John has faced just about everything you could imagine throughout his 13-year career. Currently playing with...
World Freestyle Football Championship London at the UEFA Champions Festival

Champion Freestyler Philip Warren Gertsson on Handling Fame, Training a Jedi, and Getting a Hot Swedish Girlfriend

Urban Pitch was able to catch a free moment with Asia Freestyle Champion Philip Warren Gertsson for an exclusive interview. Gertsson shared his unique insights on various topics, ranging from keeping "social...

Paciencia, Pasión y Perseverancia: Charly Iacono de Argentina Finalmente es Campión Mundial del Freestyle

Carlos Alberto Iacono, conocido como Charly, es un hombre perseverante. Competitor comprobado, es bien conocido y bien querido en el circuito de freestyle. Por su atletismo, compostura y combinaciones acrobáticas,...
geoff gouveia

How Geoff Gouveia is Igniting Football Culture in America Through His Unique Art

Artist Geoff Gouveia's creative and unique style stays true to his Southern California roots while also showcasing his undying passion for the beautiful game. In addition to sharing his...
tony alfaro

Urban Picks: Chivas Defender Tony Alfaro Is Looking to Make a Splash in Liga MX

After signing with Chivas Guadalajara in the offseason, we catch up with up-and-coming defender Tony Alfaro to discuss his time with the Seattle Sounders, how he's adjusting to his...

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