We’re happy to introduce Finnish footballer Jan Berg, Fieldoo power user from day one. Jan is 27 year-old left full-back (left defender), currently playing for IA Akranes (Iceland) after spending his entire career in Finland. Jan talks about his beginnings, Fieldoo and funny things happened to him on a football pitch. Happy reading!
Describe yourself as footballer? How do you remember your beginnings? Why football at all?
I am left full-back. I like to attack and I want be an active player in both areas: offence and defence. My left leg is strong, so crossing and long passes are some of my strengths. The first time I joined a football team was at the age of 9, because my gym teacher in school said that I simply have to play when we play in school. My biggest memory of the early days is the 1994 World Cup in the USA. We were shooting penalties recreating the penalties from the final (Brazil-Italy) at my home football field in Tanhula (Toivala in Finland) with one of my best friends the whole summer and the next summer we both made a number of goals when we played as a striker pair in the youth team. Every game that year I wanted my shirt to have the same number as Romario from the Brazilian national team.
What’s your biggest football success so far?
Right now, a few come to mind. I´ve got the club player of the year award a couple of times and an award for team of the month in the Premier League in Finland. And of course the fact that I can now play in other countries, outside of Finland and that is not easy. From Finland is not necessarily easy to go abroad, I think.
Did you ever count how many times you juggled the ball? What was your highest number?
Yes, I remember when for first time I juggled a ball over 1000 times then I stopped counting. I was about 14 years old.
Moving from the football to the internet … Why did you decide to join Fieldoo, the Football Career Network for players & agents?
I think, in fact, that I am one of the first players who connected on Fieldoo? I am not sure but I think so. I thought that Fieldoo was an interesting idea and the website looked nice. The idea that Fieldoo unites players and creates new contacts is very good. Of course, the website presentation is also very good.
What do you like the most about Fieldoo? Who would you recommend it to?
Fieldoo is interesting and it is fun to follow other players, when the agent platform is ready, then I wish and hope that many agents will find it and also use it.
Who would your pick: Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Why?
If I am honest, I would say Leo. But I want to say Christiano, because ManU (Manchester United) is my favourite team, so my sympathies lie with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Last question: do you remember the funniest thing ever happened to you on a football field?
The first thing that comes to mind is a naked man running on the field. Actually that happened two times, in 2007 and 2009. It got to laugh when during a match a man ran naked onto the field, the first thought you have is “What the hell!?“. The next thought is just to laugh. Actually the first one can be also seen on YouTube.