You’ve probably seen the Chelsea team playing it, Messi, Neymar and Ronaldinho love it and now one 18-year-old from Birmingham has been called up to represent his country in it despite having never previously heard of it.
We are of course, talking about Teqball; the new sport played with a football on a ‘scientifically’ adapted curved ping pong table. Put simply, it’s table tennis meets football and it’s taking the world by storm.
Playmaker FC’s Ben Nuttall holds several Guinness World Record for keepy uppies and is regarded as one of the best freestyle footballers in the world. Credentials such as those made him a logical candidate to represent England in this week’s Teqball World Cup in France.
However, Ben himself admits to having known very little about the sport prior to travelling to Paris to compete with over 40 other nations other than the similarities it bore to a game he used to play with his mates on the school playground.
The sport currently enjoys a much bigger presence in other countries compared to ours and goes a long way to explaining why Ben and teammate, Amitai Winehouse found the going pretty tough against their counterparts from the likes of Germany, Poland and Hungary.
In Britain, only four Premier League clubs own a Teqball table and purchasing one for yourself will set you back upwards of £2,000. That could all change very soon with the spectacle now classified as an official sport, the formation of it’s own worldwide governing body and even talk of the Olympics on the cards.
In this video, Ben gives us an exclusive insight into the three-day event.
Check out more from Playmaker FC squad member, professional freestyler and England Teqball International, Ben Nuttall here.