Al-Mashaan, who was featured in our Source issue, 20, is mostly identified as a football player rather than a designer, or entrepreneur. In a continuation of the print interview, we asked him more about his experience abroad, specifically in Europe.
How do you introduce yourself to people? As a soccer player? A designer? An entrepreneur?
Everyone recognizes me as a soccer player. I don't identify as a designer despite my love for fashion.
So the issue does not revolve around discovering and adopting fresh talent?
Many African and Latin players, for example, have potential; the minute they turn 16 or 17, they travel to Europe to become one of the best players in the world. As I mentioned, we [in Kuwait] are talented but lack encouragement.
How were you chosen to play in those leagues?
I was selected by an agent.
Is necessity the mother of all needs then?
You can say that. My bags contain two in one. I decided to design what I need, especially that I've always had a soft spot for fashion.
Where will we find Plus 10 products?
You'll find them in several countries. I'm currently making deals with sellers in Kuwait, Beirut, London, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen.
Where will we find the brand in Kuwait?
Who was your favorite trainer?
I don't want to mention names but there are unforgettable ones like Manuel Amoros when I was a member of the Youth National Team. He is one of the legends of the French team when Platini and Jean Tigana were there. Nabeel Malool, the Kuwait National Football Team trainer, is also one of the best trainers that I have had the pleasure to work with.
What is your favorite sports country?
What is your favorite international team?
What is your motto in life?
Follow your dream even if you encounter obstacles; those same obstacles will make you stronger and enable you to make your dream come true.
The cultures of Belgium and Czech are completely different, especially in terms of cuisine. Being an athlete, have you ever had to cook for yourself or look after yourself?
Yes, I'm a good cook by the way.
What's your signature dish?
Everything I cook is good but my pasta is particularly delicious.
You played soccer in three countries, what’s the difference in the facilities provided for athletes?
They’re completely different from each other. Belgium provides the best facilities for athletes compared to Kuwait and the Czech Republic.
What makes those facilities the best?
Belgium employs its financial resources in soccer clubs. They focus on football more than other sports. In contrast, Czech’s number one sport is hockey.
What about your lifestyle in Europe? Did you have much time off? Did you time to travel around the countries?
Not so much. During my days off, I used to stay home and watch movies or read books. I didn’t travel because I used to work all week and sought to relax on weekends.