Sport/Voetbalmagazine went in search of the roots of Yannick Bolasie in the London district of Willesden, a arbeidersdistrict. ‘Here comes the magic comes from,” says the flankaanvaller of Anderlecht.
In a typical British weather we go to the neighborhood and the local agora where there will be football. It looks like a decor from a movie by Ken Loach: social housing in red brick with satellite dishes on the roofs. A arbeidersdistrict, which is populated by people that the London property prices can’t pay for it.
‘Here comes the magic come from’, says Bolasie on his YouTubekanaal. Here he developed his extraordinary style. “I looked through the window of my room and saw twenty, thirty young people play soccer. Then I walked down the stairs to go join in. We were sometimes with so many at such a small field that I the playground, the slide and the swings used to pass along the others to dribble. With the left, right, fast run, unpredictable: it all comes from there.’ Also Bolasie flick, a twist, that he in december 2014 with Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane demonstrated against Christian Eriksen.
From his parental house could Bolasie also Wembley is within sight, less than three kilometers away. An impossible world for a straatvoetballer.
Willesden not only brought Yannick Bolasie, but also Raheem Sterling, another brilliant technical straatvoetballer. He was still at school with the sister of the Anderlechtspeler. Others may have their wings burned. “I was surrounded by good players, but many have not achieved testifies,” Bolasie. As a Philip Ifil of Kerrera Gilbert, who, respectively, Tottenham and Arsenal ended up but soon in the lower regions of English football disappeared.
“There are a lot of temptations in London, that is bad for young players. I want to fight against it, not be distracted, me only on football focus and do my best’, told Bolasie to The Independent.
Meanwhile, it is quite Anderlecht happy with the winteraankoop. Even though it bears the Congolese international is most likely only temporary, the purple-and-white shirt, everyone within the club stresses his contribution on and off the field.
“I came right away in good accord with Yannick,” says Landry Dimata. “He is someone who atmosphere can provide in the dressing room and that is really committed to his job. Someone with a big heart also. He is an example for all of us. We sometimes have contact with Romelu via Facetime. It is not for nothing that Yannick’s best friends with Romelu. Both are warriors, those difficult moments in their lives, and who have anywhere by struggling.’
The attacker of Congolese origin, born in Lyon, governed, however, not yet the language of Molière. “When he French trying to speak, he sounds a bit like someone from a ghetto. Also, Lingala is but zozo’, laughs Dimata, that with impatience look forward to the day that he and Bolasie can play together. ‘With him going very fast forward. I find that he has a unique style. You get the impression that he was never the codes of professional football has learned. He does tricks on instinct, that you are elsewhere not see. Such as pretend that he hit the ball with the hand going to play for a spot bet. Really a straatvoetballer par excellence.’
Read the full report about Yannick Bolasie in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 20 march.