Like street basketball players, street soccer players use moves and tricks to humiliate their opponents. Although this seems unsportsmanlike, it's an essential part of the street soccer culture and gives the sport a certain edginess you won't find on the field. The panna, or nutmeg, is the quintessential humiliation move and can be performed several ways.
Control the soccer ball and move it around using rolls and sweeps. Distracting your opponent before executing the trick makes it more likely to work, so throw in lots of shifty movements.
Execute a feint or turn that gets your opponent to open his legs. Fake passes and flips-flaps will work, but stay true to your style and pick a combo that you like.
Shift the ball onto your strong foot. Use your weak foot if you want, but you'll get more speed and accuracy out of the panna by using your strong foot.
Pass the ball through your opponent's outstretched legs. Any technique works here; backheels, sidefoots and toe-taps all get the job done.
Dash around your opponent and collect the ball. Remember, the panna doesn't count if you don't regain control of the ball.
Tips & Warnings
- Slip the ball past your opponent as quickly as you can. Speed and surprise are crucial to the move's success.
- Use a move like the Tsunami or the Hocus-Pocus to make your panna even flashier.
- Get comfortable with your technique of choice before trying it on an opponent.
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