A different ball game

A different ball game


Professional freestyle footballers Nam the Man, Palle, Daniel, Nori, Jesus, Petike aren’t names that might sound familiar, but they are capable of giving the likes of Ronaldo, Henry and Messi a run for their money. They are a group of guys with a football at their mercy.
Freestyle football is a completely different ball game. It’s not about outwitting opponenets, nor is it about coming up with a nasty tackle. There are no goals to be scored and hence there is no goalkeeper.

Freestyle football is all about showing dribbling and juggling skills that would have anyone’s jaws dropped.

‘Immense dedication’
“We practice at least five hours a day and it takes immense dedication and hard work to do what we do,” said Daniel Rosebloom, one of the freestylers. “We practice so hard that we can juggle anything, be it a football, a tennis ball or even a table tennis ball!,” he added.
This novel idea brought to India for the first time showcased these freestyle freaks, who made it seem as if the football was glued to their feet. Freestyle Friendzy is a nationwide hunt for the best freestyle footballer in India.

Anyone who thinks they have got it in them can post their freestyling videos on www.freestylefriendzy.in and the person who gets the most votes, voted in by the general public, will get a chance to interact with the professionals and learn skills firsthand.
The friendzy will be seen in 21 cities across India including Mangalore. The finale will be held in Kolkata where the winner of the competition will be announced.
The last date for entries is December 18.

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