How did you decide to play football, especially as a goalkeeper?
In his childhood, Tristen Alliet could be found on the fields as a field player. Scoring goals was an important task in his life. Even then, he felt the itch to be a goalie one day. That one place would be his one and when he could make the switch to take this position a few years later, he was the first to do so. A choice he never regretted and which he still enjoys to this day.
Which goalkeepers do you admire?
For Tristen, there is no one goalkeeper who stands out from the crowd. Every goalkeeper has his good and less good qualities. That is like every person, which is why he prefers to remember the positive things about several goalkeepers. By only looking at the positive aspects you try to mirror yourself in this and you will become a more complete goalkeeper.
How would you define yourself as a goalkeeper?
As described above, every goalkeeper has work points. Yours will undoubtedly have been mentioned during the evaluations at your club, just like Tristen’s has been. It is therefore important for him to work on these weaknesses. By working hard on these points and repeating them a lot, they will automatically improve. Of course, you must also remember to keep training on your good points so that they are maintained and do not become work points. Otherwise you would have made something better and let something that was better become less good. That cannot be the intention!
What do you think is the most important quality a goalkeeper must have?
In modern football, as a goalkeeper you are an extra fielder, a support for your defenders and a point of contact for everyone. Everyone likes to watch the videos where the goalkeeper can take out that disruptive striker, but you do that maybe once in a lifetime. As a goalkeeper, your basic technique for controlling the ball and passing must be perfect. When controlling the ball, it should be in the right position straight away so that you can play on without having to out-muscle the disruptive striker When you can do this perfectly with two feet, you are one step ahead of many goalkeepers.
Did you expect your career as a goalkeeper to go the way it is now?
As an Elite goalkeeper, a lot is expected of you from a young age. So it’s not surprising that you see some good goalkeepers fail at a young age. Not because they are bad goalkeepers, but because it is difficult to deal with the pressure.
And yet you have to keep trying to raise the bar even higher for yourself. Only this way will you become a better goalkeeper.
How do you prepare yourself and your gloves for a match?
As a goalkeeper you often fall back into rituals. This is not only visible in the gloves, but also e.g. in the warm-up. Whether it is superstition or not, as a goalkeeper you often stick to it just because you feel comfortable with it. Besides the warm-up, Tristen Alliet also uses a pair of goalkeeper’s gloves from training. The grip is just a bit less than on your competition gloves, which gives you the wow-feeling at the first ball of the match, so you can pick the ball out with more confidence.
And how many gloves do you usually wear a year?
As an Elite goalkeeper, you can’t afford to pick a ball and let it go because the grip of your gloves is no longer optimal. At training you can get away with it, but at a match, everyone has seen it. Including the scouts from that one top club who happened to be watching from the sidelines. That is why Tristen always chooses goalkeeper gloves that still have a good grip. Because of this, he uses about 10 pairs of gloves a year, but he knows that he will always be there in the match.
Which brands did you play with before you discovered Prostar?
Adidas and uhlsport goalkeeper gloves were regularly found in Tristan Alliet’s sports bag. Most goalkeeper glove brands release their new collection at the beginning of the football season. At Adidas, it is nice that they come out with a new model every x number of months. In this way, they could regularly show off the latest models. Also this strategy will be applied more and more with the Prostar goalkeeper gloves. There will only be a few new models at the start of the new season, but throughout the season additional new models will be introduced.
Why did you start playing with ProStar or are you still playing with them now and did not go back to a known brand?
Prostar is a relatively new brand on the market, but in a very short time they have been able to charm many elite goalkeepers with their affordable quality. That’s why they got the full confidence of Tristen Alliet. Prostar’s gloves also fit perfectly around the hands, and have a superior grip that lasts a long time. So Tristan also sees no reason to switch to another brand.
What is the most difficult thing for a goalkeeper?
1 on 1 situations are always a bit of a wait and see, especially as a young goalkeeper you are often afraid that they will kick hard at you, which often results in a backwards fall. By not making yourself wide, but falling backwards, you make it easier for the attacker to get past you or even just play the ball next to you in goal But have you ever seen an attacker hit the ball hard at the goalkeeper in a 1v1 situation? No, neither have we, so you should not be afraid as a goalkeeper. Make yourself wide and make sure the attacker does not think too much. That can only be to your advantage.
What advice would you give to a young goalkeeper?
Enjoy every match
Tristen Alliet does not hesitate and chooses the best affordable quality available on the market. No compromise on quality or price. Among other things, he chose the following models. Do you also want to work with these professional goalkeeper gloves?