Nike 

Birthplace of Dreams

Nike 

Nike 

Birthplace of Dreams

James Willis' latest documentary film for Nike entitled 'Birthplace of Dreams' spotlights the rise of footballer Virgil van Dijk who outlines his trials and tribulations in becoming one of the best football players in the world.

The Holland captain and Liverpool defender re-visits his old ends in Breda as he opens up about his early defeats; being sent away from the academy and sitting on the bench most of the time - setbacks that should have sidelined him. An inspirational story of mental resilience, patience and hard work, the documentary was the next instalment in Nike's 'Birth Place of Dreams' series that features top tier athletes and the problems they have overcome to achieve their dreams. The initiative aims to teach kids about persevering with their sport when life gets tough and things don't go as planned.

“I was born in Breda, but it’s the things I’ve overcome on my journey from there that have made me the player I am today.” 

“I was born in Breda, but it’s the things I’ve overcome on my journey from there that have made me the player I am today.” 

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