Raised on Concrete: The Boateng Brothers Kick it Around at Childhood Court
April 24, 2013
“I owe everything to the Panke,” says football star Kevin-Prince Boateng. As part of Nike Football's #MyGround campaign, Kevin-Prince Boateng reunited with his two brothers Jérôme and George, at the Panke — the concrete court by the Panke river where the brothers honed their skills and fell in love with the game — in Wedding, Berlin.
At today’s event, young footballers from across Europe joined the three brothers on court.
Growing up in Berlin, Kevin-Prince, Jérôme and George would play at their Panke night and day. “The Panke had a strong influence on us as brothers – small-sided football made us better football players, but also brought us together as brothers. It’s very cool to feel the atmosphere here again and pass it on,” said Kevin-Prince.
The brothers took to the Panke wearing the new Nike FC247 collection, which includes the Nike Lunar Gato II and Elastico Finale II. Launching in a distinctive blue and yellow, the Nike Lunar Gato shoe is designed for a fast and dynamic game. The supple leather upper improves ball-to-foot feel and eliminates a break-in period. Fused mesh panels lock down the midfoot to maximize lateral support and gives the Lunar Gato II a fine balance of lightweight and comfort.
A dynamic green design marks out the Nike Elastico Finale II, which features 39 percent fewer components and is 22 percent lighter than the previous shoe. The more flexible outsole, designed for hard-court surfaces, features a herringbone and dot design to help maximize traction and improve underfoot ball control. The Elastico Finale II also features a breathable perforated upper and heel, and a redesigned eyestay to optimize comfort and feel.