“It is normal for young guests to derail due to money and fame”

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Football may be the most popular sport in the world, there are few successful TV series left. But the story in the VTM series Spitsbroers, sponsored by Lugalbanda, clearly catches on. Creator Kristof Hoefkens talks about the series in which two brothers dream of a career as a professional player.

How did the idea for the series come about?

How did the idea for the series come about?

“That is a long time ago. Together with my brother (former professional footballer Carl Hoefkens) I was looking at whether we could do something with what is happening behind the scenes of the football world. Writing a book? I didn’t know what I then worked as a journalist and heard that production house From Mensen, which was not making fiction at the time, was looking for a good idea The boss was immediately very enthusiastic Originally it was not about two brothers, but that fact makes it very interesting: one brother (Alan) doesn’t make it and the other one (Dennis) How do you ensure that you don’t give in to jealousy? We wanted to make both a family drama and an Entourage-like series (an American fiction series about a young film star) behind the scenes of Belgian professional football.”

To what extent are these stories fiction or reality?

To what extent are these stories fiction or reality?

“The whole family fact is fiction. There is a single character that resembles someone in our family, but there are a lot of winks to things that actually happened. Throughout the two seasons, some people from Belgian football will recognize things and statements. “

For example, there is a scene in which a car drives through a gas station, such as Jonathan Legear.

“We could not ignore that of course. We want to illustrate what fame and money does to young guests. Soccer players are heroes on the field, but they are also seen as fat necks with lots of money and chic cars. The series shows from the inside how such a young guy derailed and how ‘normal’ that is when you throw someone’s head with so much money and fame.

As a journalist I was once out with musician Guy Swinnen from The Scabs. We then saw a young guest – the name does not matter – perform at Suikerrock in Tienen. Many young girls circled around it. I asked him if he also knew that stardom. He replied: “If you become known as a young guest and earn a lot of money, everyone, no matter how normal you are and no matter how hard your family tries to keep you on the ground, comes a moment when you are own myth begins to believe. “

If you earn 50,000 euros per month and there are 25,000 people in the stadium chanting your name, you come on TV and everyone wants to know you, ‘more’ is no longer ‘enough’ and you keep on going. Suddenly you are the one who drives a car through a gas station. “

Have you seen this with your brother and people in your area?

Have you seen this with your brother and people in your area?

“When he broke through, my brother was a very ordinary Belgian boy of 17 years old at the breakfast table or in front of the TV in the couch. But in the disco it suddenly became a star in the eyes of other people. That is a very strange thing to deal with as a family. You see a lot and you hear many impressive stories that are told by football players. I used a lot to give the series some color, some pepper and salt. “