( music playing ) In “Finding Football”
we’ll bring you the best football talent, celebrity musicians, unique football pitches, and explore the beautiful game
around the globe. Today we’re in Marseille
to uncover French football’s
secret sauce, and how that’s a reflection on
the French society as a whole. Jezz: We’ll explore
local graffiti culture, catch a pre-game riot,
jump into the courts that Zinedine Zidane
made famous, collaborate with
one of the country’s
top parkour teams, and team up with Lil Jon
to create all things Marseille. Welcome to… If you want to understand
French football you have to come to Marseille, and if you want
to understand Marseille, you have to see it
from the sea. It’s the biggest port
in the country, a gateway into France
for refugees and immigrants
from all over the world. Modern French football
is fluid and expressive, a melting pot of styles
because many of its top players have come from
all over the world. Billy:
And Marseille’s a microcosm of that diversity,
flair, and grit, a unique culture
that is influenced
by the whole country. I mean, Platini was
from all over France, but then you’ve got
Paul Pogba, Guinean. You’ve got Thierry Henry
as Caribbean background. – Jezz: Yeah. Eric Cantona.
– Billy: Yeah. Sardinian. – Billy: And then you got
Zinedine Zidane, Algerian.
– Jezz: Algerian. That’s it. And collectively
is just unbelievable. Jezz: And this is
where it all begins. ( music playing ) Every little alley you turn
down in Marseille, you just don’t know
what to expect. You know it’s gonna be quirky
and have its own personality but it’s different.
Every road – is different.
– I can honestly say this is like nowhere
we’ve ever been before. Jezz: You’ve seen one road,
you almost seen ’em all. – Not in Marseille.
– Jezz, I’m quite surprised how urban Marseille is. That street culture, it seems
like a lot of the living is done on the streets
and outside here in Marseille. And that’s why you see so many of the French top players
who are so expressive, so free on the pitch,
got so much flair. Billy: To understand
the spirit of football here we’re meeting footballer
Louisa Nécib Cadamuro, who scored over 35 goals
in 145 appearances. So Louisa was known
as the female Zidane. Very much a flair player
and what she achieved
in the game is very impressive. It’s gonna be so interesting
getting her story and finding out her take on what it was like being
an immigrant growing up playing football in Marseille. When you’re a child
and throughout your career, have you had many friends
and teammates from lots of different
countries? You must have. ( speaking French ) Did you play street football
with all the boys? Or did you only play
with girls? ( speaking French ) Which football team
do you support? ( speaking French ) Talk to us
about the rivalry between Marseille and PSG. ( speaking French ) Billy: Olympic Marseille versus
Paris Saint-Germain is the biggest rivalry
in France. It’s a chance for fans here
to show off their fierce
local pride. ( speaking French ) ( speaking French ) ( speaking French ) ( men cheering ) I’m really excited to see
what Marseille has to offer when it comes to football. It’s kind of like
a raw style of football. It’s super exciting
and super intense. If you look at the players
that play concrete football, it’s a melting pot
of all different backgrounds. – It is. It is.
– And that’s got to help produce a better team in France. If you go to any court
on the streets in Marseille and you see kids playing, you’re gonna see a diverse
group of kids from grassroots level all the way up
to the national side. ( music playing ) I cannot wait to see some of
these Marseille street ballers. We’ve heard so much about ’em, but today we’re gonna
actually see ’em. Billy: It’s basically football
on a basketball court. Mate, I’ll tell you what. The most famous one is called
La Friche la Belle de Mai. It’s a community center where
there’s a one-of-a-kind pitch, and that’s the one
we’re going for because we’re going straight
to the front with this,
aren’t we? ( speaking French ) Oh, you can see already, the stand is high,
ain’t it, Bill? This is sick!
Look at this place. – Oh, yes.
– I mean, to think that
Zinedine Zidane, Riyad Mahrez grew up on these pitches. Ah, nice! ( cheers, applause ) So much more than
a football match, isn’t it? – Yeah.
– It’s about pride, humiliating your opponent, not just with scoring goals
but with skill. The atmosphere as well,
with everyone watching, it’s like there’s
an intensity in the air. And these kids grow up, playing under that sort
of pressure day in and day out. Should we go mix it up? – Yeah.
– Let’s do it. ( speaking French ) ( music playing ) ( speaking French ) ( kids scream ) So this guy turns up
onto the court. He’s a really big guy and if he was in England
we’d think, “Yeah, you’re a defender.” We couldn’t be any further
from the truth. ♪ Yet I’m unstoppable ♪ ♪ Yet I’m unstoppable… ♪ You just don’t expect him
to be able to do what you can do with a football. ♪ Yet I’m unstoppable… ♪ ( kids cheering ) ( people clamoring ) ( kids cheering ) Jezz: Great game, man.
Well played. We’ve got a new name
for you. We’re gonna call you
Fancy Feet. Incredible to see it.
Sorry to hijack your game, but it was great
you invited us in
to play with you guys. It’s totally different
from your traditional
11-a-side. With concrete football,
you’ve got people watching you. They’re literally
in your face. ( speaking French ) How important is it
to start here on the streets? ( speaking French ) We’ve got Fancy Feet. He’s got a group of mates
that are the best in Marseille. We’re going to set up an event and see who comes up
with the best tekkers. So, Fancy Feet,
we have decided to put on the most epic event for you and five of your
best street balling mates. It’s going to be
invitation only, it’s going to be 3v3, – and it’s gonna go down.
– That’s right. And there’s also
another VIP guest coming to the event
that we’ve secured. So, are you up
for taking part? ( speaking French ) Yes! Let’s do this! ( music playing ) Jezz, I’ve got an idea
to spice up this game. – Go on.
– I’m thinking us two, head-to-head. – What, me against you?
– Yeah. We never go against
each other. – Let’s do this. Let’s do it.
– Yeah? – All right.
– Billy v. Jezza. – You’re on.
– Let’s do it. Bill, I’m not going
easy on ya. Mate, I’m Maurizio,
Mourinho, Pep Guadiola, Alex Ferguson all
rolled into one, mate. Mate, you can be all them
rolled into one, but my managerial skills
are second to none and you will still
come out second best. How about that? You’re bringing it on.
You’re talking a big game. Mate, all right,
this is gonna be fun.
You’re on. Let’s do it.
I’m looking forward to this. Jezz: Marseille’s unique
geographical location inspired the landscape
you see today. It’s full of sprawling plazas
and narrow streets making it the ideal playground
for the diverse youth. Just like concrete football, you take a look at parkour,
which originated in France. It’s all about expressing
yourself, and there’s no room for error. When you fall,
you fall hard. ( speaking French ) So we see these parkour guys and
we see the things they’re doing and it’s incredible. Rather than just watch
and admire, we think, “Let’s collaborate
with these guys.” So we gather
the guys together and we come up with a plan. ( music playing ) Billy: It was fun to collab
with the parkour guys and see the sport form
from the French streets, but we’ve got
a head-to-head matchup in concrete football to get to. ( music playing ) It is going to be great to see how these kids
deal with the pressure of playing in front
of us and Lil Jon. So, guys, thanks
for coming to this
invitation-only event. We have got six of Marseille’s
best street ballers coming down to battle it out. Question is
who’s gonna win? Billy or Jezza. Billy:
So let’s go into the rules. They’ll be two minutes 1v1, and then after two minutes, another player will join
the match in a 2v2. Two more minutes
and then we finish up
with a 3v3, and the best team wins. Jezz:
Earlier we caught up with
Lil Jon, the King of Crunk, to talk about the similarities between Marseille and
Jon’s hometown of Atlanta. Both are bustling cities
with a vibrant street culture. – Hey.
– Hey! – Hey! Hey!
– Hey! How you doing, man? – Can’t believe it’s you guys.
– Lovely to meet you, man. Used to seeing you on YouTube. – Hearing you in the clubs and–
– Do some tricks! – Now seeing you in the flesh.
– Do a trick right now! – I’m just kidding.
– Now one thing we’ve noticed in our time in Marseille is we’ve seen so many good, raw, football street players,
haven’t we, Bill? To see what it means to them to win a tackle,
to gain respect. They have to strive and fight
for everything and that really comes across
within the football here – in Marseille.
– That’s kinda like basketball players
and they come from, you know, low income and they make it out
and they got that grit, too. And that just shows, like,
you gotta be tough to make it. If you go to any football
court in Marseille,
it’s like basketball and football are
one and the same over here. What I noticed
about these courts are there’s hundreds of kids,
right? So when you’re on the court,
it’s winner stays on and you have to fight to win. You get knocked off,
it could be another hour – before you’re back
on the pitch.
– Right. That community feel
of that street cred in your ends, in your area. You know, the older kids
might be watching and the younger kids
don’t wanna look silly
and all of that is all woven into the style
of Marseille football. They’ve got their own style,
their own DNA of football, and what I wanna know about your career and your music
is how Atlanta created your DNA and your style. Lil Jon: Just coming up
in Atlanta’s streets, it helped to groom me
and make me who I am, and one thing about Atlanta
rappers is that we have our own style
and we– we do our thing for the city. We do our thing for Atlanta. So, we care about our city
so much we just wanna make
some good music, and if you like it,
you like it, you don’t,
you don’t. It’s so familiar to here
in Marseille, Jezz, that story, because cities in the world,
they’re trying – to be like everyone else
and be the best.
– Yeah. So they’re copying a bit
of everyone else. They haven’t really got
their own unique stamp, – Right.
– and here in Marseille, it’s like nowhere
I’ve ever been before. That shows you
how much love Marseille has. If I’m doing a DJ set, I got
them rocking and going crazy or if I’m just walking around it’s amazing to have
that much love. Talking of DJ sets,
you gonna jump on the mic? – Yes.
– That is perfect for me! – Yeah!
– It’s going off tonight. The energy is gonna
be off the chain, man. – I’m ready.
– We’ve got six of the best Marseille ballers
coming down. We’ve got a hyped
crowd coming. – I’m ready.
– I’m on one team, Jezz on the other’s.
We’re managing. Who do you think is
going to win, me or Jezz?
That’s the question. Uh, I ain’t seen
y’all players yet,
so I don’t really know, but I think it– right now,
it looks damn near even. So. It’s a diplomatic answer,
but we’ll take that. – Well, good luck anyway.
– Cheers, man. ( music playing ) Jezz: In just a minute,
a very special guest
will be arriving. He’ll be on the mic
hyping up this event. Let’s give it up
for Lil Jon! – ( cheers, applause )
– Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. ( cheers, applause ) Yeah! Are you ready
to make some noise? ( crowd screams ) I think it’s time to play! Let’s get this three
and three going. Right, then.
So the teams are picked. Billy’s team’s in blue,
my team is in red. We both watched the warm-up,
picked our favorite players. I’m confident my players are gonna do you, Bill. These boys look like
they’ve got a passion to beat – Jezz’s team.
– You picked the biggest dude
out here, too. Like, does that have
any strategy in it? – It’s all part
of the strategy, Jon.
– Okay. ( music playing ) Lil Jon: Let’s go. Go, man! Taking it down! Nice footwork, nice footwork.
It’s blocked! Okay, okay.
All right. Oh!
Got some speed. Oh! Just outside. – Billy: Come on, come on.
– Lil Jon: It’s two on two now! France is in the game now. As well as Big Jean. – Yes!
– Lil Jon: Good one, good one! That goal was by the man
that just came in the game. Florence. Okay, three on three now,
it’s official. Oh! Oh! Easy goal right there. Easy goal. – Jezz: Yes!
– Lil Jon: Yes. All right. Anthony! Yeah! – Lil Jon: Okay!
– ( all exclaiming ) Big man! Yeah, that’s right.
Right! Come on, lads!
Keep going. Lil Jon:
Fancy Feet! ( all exclaiming ) Lil Jon:
And the youngster! – Good, good.
– Come on, blue team. – Oh!
– Oh! – Lil Jon: Take it all the way!
– ( cheering ) – That’s what I’m talking about!
– ( shouts ) Score is 5 to 2. Come on, lads, keep it going. Guys, we started too slow. We need to pick up
the tempo a little bit. How we finished
the first half, that’s what we need
to continue now. Stay switched on,
keep that intensity. They’re gonna come back
in the second half and
they’re gonna be coming for you. We just need to trekk
the run a little bit – And score more goals.
– and score–
and score more goals, but we’ve got this,
we’ve got this. I’m sure the second half
we can do better. ( speaking French ) ( speaking French ) ( music playing ) – Billy: That, you see that–
– Jezz: Yeah. ( cheers, applause ) – Jezz: Wow!
– Lil Jon: Goal! ♪ Tonight… ♪ Lil Jon: I like the physicality
of the game right now. Come on, red! – ( cheering )
– Very nice! ( music playing ) Lil Jon: Blue team,
you gotta step it up. Billy: Yeah! Lil Jon:
One minute left. Blue needs some more goals. That is game,
ladies and gentlemen! The battle for Marseille
is complete with the red team winning! 10 goals to eight. Congratulations, red team! There seems to be
a heavy conversation. I haven’t got a clue
what’s going on, but passions are flying. Well, I will say
as the game progressed, the guys loosened up
and got a little bit more physical
and I think they started
to let it all flow. And we actually saw some really
good football played tonight. What do you guys think? You guys are some of the best
street football players and tonight you did
not disappoint. So, from all of us,
we gotta thank you for putting on a great
performance, for putting on
an amazing show
for the crowd, and you should
all be very proud
of yourselves, mates. Can I just say that it’s an
honor to come down to Marseille. We’ve heard so much
about the culture here,
the footballing culture, and to witness your talents
in the flesh is incredible. Each and every one of you are amazing at skill and you
all have different attributes and to see the competitiveness but the love for the game
tonight was just incredible. So, thank you so much. Everybody, hands in. ( all cheering ) Jezz:
Throughout this episode,
we’ve seen how Marseille is a microcosm for French
football as a whole. From the port, to concrete
football, to parkour. It’s a diverse
blend of players that have learned
to play together under the toughest
urban environments, and the blue are
stronger for it. Please stay around
for the next episode, guys. Until next time.
Love, peace, and tekkers. ( music playing )