Camden’s iconic Roundhouse venue played host to a new brand of entertainment last night, as the World’s best freestyle footballers descended on London to battle it out for the right to become the Red Bull Street Style World Champion.
Freestylers, both male and female, put their skills on show in front of hundreds of vocal spectators. The main stage resembled that of a boxing ring (minus the ropes) with each freestyler showcasing 30 seconds of signature moves in head to head style bouts, facing a panel of judges. The Guest of Honour – ex Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville was on hand to lend his trademark critique as a member of the judging panel.
The eventual male World Champion, Argentina’s Carlos ‘Charly’ Iacono dazzled the audience with his signature move – juggling the ball effortlessly with his calves whilst holding a handstand (you have to see it to believe it!) to claim victory over Japanese champion Kosuke Takahashi, who was a very worthy runner up. French freestyler Mélody Donchet took the crown in the women’s final, claiming two world titles in succession.
The event will be hailed as another step forward in the freestyle movement and all eyes will now turn to Melbourne for the second edition of Freestyle Football's 2016 World Tour on December 3rd.