On May 29, 2003, the first Panna Knock Out tournament was held in Obdam, Noord-Holland. This was followed by many other tournaments through the rest of the country.
Street-football legend Jermaine Vanenburg – known as Vaantje – was hugely impressed and offered his services as ambassador. The ‘Jermaine Vanenburg Panna Knock Out tournament’ was born. Many tournaments followed with the presence of the famous street-and indoor footballer. ‘Vaantje’ has given thousands of panna’s, but never received one in a match!
The many tournaments resulted in many winners. The idea the hatched to have these winners play against each other. As a result, the Panna KO Dutch Championships was born. On the Grote Markt in Haarlem, Hoessain Kamal from Alkmaar won the title.
FIRST PERFORMANCE ABROAD
The success of Panna Knock Out was noticed in our neighbour country Belgium. After a freestyle show in the TV program HoezO!? of Nelson Van de Kok, a panna tournament followed in Antwerp. The winner qualified for the Open Dutch Championships Panna 2006.
Panna Knock Out and Duo Penotti presented eleven movies with street football tricks of Calvin Blankendal in short. When buying Duo Penotti chocolate spread you got a CD-R with the movies. Also on the Internet the tricks were a phenomenon. A movie battle ensued. The film by Rachid Imhaouran was winning.
PANNA IN THE MEDIA
The Dutch TV program Klokhuis worked with Panna Knock Out for a special broadcasted several times. Panna Knock Out has over the years achieved many media results. National news programs ( NOS-journaal, Jeugdjournaal, RTL-Nieuws & Hart van Nederland) and newspapers (front page Telegraaf). In the other countries reports are broadcasted by ESPN, BBC, Staryava & Globo Esporte.