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1 13.08.2015 From our online archive
A Luxembourger is to test his agility with a football when he heads for the world's biggest freestyle football event in the Czech Republic later this month.
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A Luxembourger is to test his agility with a football when he heads for the world's biggest freestyle football event in the Czech Republic later this month.

24-year-old Sven Fielitz began freestyle football 10 years ago, inspired by the likes of Ronhaldinho in the Nike commercials.

“I've always been into football, and was always more of a technical player,” Fielitz said. When he left his football club aged 17, he continued practising his ball skills on the street or in parks around Luxembourg.

“Unfortunately, I had to train alone. Even today there are probably only three football freestylers in Luxembourg,” he said.

During his studies in Munich, the Luxembourger met other freestylers, opening up his world to an international network.

"Internationally, it is different. In Poland, Russia, Brazil and Japan, there are numerous freestylers who get together in crews and train together", he said.

Freestyle football was initially dominated by South Americans but it is gaining popularity in Europe.

Briton Andrew Henderson leads in most major competitions, Fielitz explained.

Thanks to this growth in Europe, the World Open Championships will be held in Liberec, in the Czech Republic on August 23.

Fielitz said he is looking forward to the event for which he is preparing intensively, training up to six times a week.

During the competition, a jury will decide in so-called "Battles" which freestylers gave the better performance.

Fielitz explained that although the competitive pressure increased in recent years, the cohesion and culture at the Championships remain  the focal point.

"At the end of the year I am always surprised how many new tricks have been invented,” he said, adding that freestyle remains more interesting for him than football itself.

"As a freestyler I can give free rein to my creativity and this gives me a lot more."

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