WHAT'S UP IN THE WORLD?

The Pullman Magazine - - Contents -

The world owes a mas­sive thanks to Jo­han Golden and Hen­rik

Elves­tad. Why? Be­cause in 2011 these two slightly zany Norwegians put a brand new spin on tra­di­tional soc­cer by don­ning huge, in­flat­able see-through "bub­bles" that en­cased their heads, bod­ies and arms, leav­ing only their legs free to move. Orig­i­nally in­tended as a bit of a joke (bump­ing into each other, knock­ing each other over and hav­ing one heck of a work­out…), their ex­ploits ended up be­com­ing a mas­sive YouTube hit, with ev­ery­one want­ing to give it a go. Bub­ble soc­cer clubs have now started pop­ping up all around the world in Ja­pan, the USA, Eng­land, France, China and Tai­wan to name but a few. With bub­ble soc­cer, also known as “zorb football”, you can sim­ply have a bounce-about with friends or com­pete in of­fi­cial matches (teams of 4 to 10). Now all it needs is its own Lionel Messi to bump the sport up to the next level.

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