On September 3, the best freestyle footballers on the continent are facing off at the European Freestyle Football Championships in Manchester in the annual competition that sees over 100 of Europe’s best freestyle athletes compete to be crowned number one. This year the competition is being held at Manchester’s Central Convention Complex and includes heats for both men and women as well as a competition for teams of two.
HOW BIG IS FREESTYLE FOOTBALL
The sport of freestyle football is now thriving in 106 countries around the world, with some of the most advanced scenes being found in Europe. Poland alone has over 400 athletes doing crazy things with footballs.
WHO WILL BE THERE?
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Last year’s European champion, Norway’s Erlend Fagerli , is coming to Manchester to fight to retain his title. He will be joined by more than 100 athletes from across Europe, including the UK and Ireland’s first professional female freestyler, Liv Cooke , and Poland’s Lukasz Chwieduk , European champion in 2010 and 2013.
Norway’s Tobias Brandal Busaet , who won in 2015, will be taking part and hoping to improve on his second-place finish at last year’s Championships.
Other confirmed athletes include Norway’s Brynjar Fagerli (brother of reigning champion, Erlend), Maarten van Luit and Jasmijn Janssen from Netherlands, Denmark’s Anders Borg , Northern Ireland’s Jamie Knight , Javi Sanz Aguilar from Spain, Poland’s Szymon Skalski , and Slovakian freestyler Lucia Kevicka .