This week we have a great interview scheduled with Dju DJu (Djuric Ascension). When we think of street football, we think of Djuric. This living legend was born in the cradle of Panna Knock Out, and has been active in street football and field football full-time ever since. He has worked himself up from the streets of Amsterdam to a TV tour with Edgar Davids! Since then he has been closely involved with Streetkings; a football organization that helps inmates to reintegrate successfully. All in all, Djuric has had some great adventures. It would be a shame if these adventures weren’t told to the rest of the world … That’s why we had this cool interview with him! Do you think it’s an interesting story? It is! Read on quick.
You still play field football at a high level at AFC Amsterdam. What role has street football played in your football career?
Yeah! Right now I’m still playing at AFC Amsterdam. I am super happy that I can still keep up at such a great level and I am blessed with the great team that I play with.
STREET FOOTBALL has made me the way I am and the way I do now. I have been through a lot with my friends that I still play with today, from commercials to traveling all over the world. I have travelled to the most beautiful countries to play football, countries you never thought that you would play football. In these countries i’ve played football against other good football players on the squares.
That is how I think every major player started playing football: with your friends on the street.
We saw you judge with a big smile at World Of Street Football. What did you think of the entire experience at this event?
Firstly, I thought it was a super fun and beautiful event. I immediately got the feeling of the past when we also started playing at nice events such as Panna KO at the time it was even more popular.
It was nice to see how the youth of today take it with them and show their skills. There are also some very good players among them, which I had not seen in real-life yet.
I certainly enjoyed myself. Thanks to World Of Street Football and keep up the good work!
What was the highlight of the World Finals for you?
I think the highlight of the day were the Pannas that were made because there weren’t that many Panna’s anyway. And of course big up to Noah Kofi (Panna) & Jesse Marlet (freestyle) for winning the World Of Street Football.
It was a successful event!