posted on 28/06/2012: 778 views
Sixteen of the UAE's top freestyle soccer players will battle it out for the chance to represent their country in the world final of Red Bull Street Style tournament later this year.
Returning to these shores for the third time, the competition pits the budding hopefuls against each other as they look to impress judges with their 'tekkers' and vast array of tricks.
The first stages of qualifiers took place in Dubai and Sharjah uncovering six of the most talented players, but the capital proved to be home to the finest skills with the remaining 10 finalists emerging from Abu Dhabi.
They will now come together for what promises to be an exciting battle with the tournament, taking place at Dubai Festival City on Friday (7pm), based on three main pillars: 3 Minutes, 2 Players, 1 Ball.
In every match, two freestylers battle against each other with only 30 seconds to showcase their ability to the panel of judges.
The one lucky winner will then battle 31 other freestylers in Italy in September for the crown of best soccer freestyler in the world, currently held by Norwayâ€™s Anders Solum, who took the title in Cape Town in 2010.
One competitors taking part will be 21-year-old Ammar Freez, who shot to fame earlier this year after reaching the semi-finals of Arabs Got Talent.
Winner of the Head & Shoulders in the UAE competition last week against many of the rivals he faces on Friday night, the Dubai-based freestyler is confident of taking the title and booking his place in Italy.
"I am hoping to win and I think I have a very good chance after becoming UAE champion in the Head & Shoulders competition last week. So I am confident of winning both," he told Sport360Â°.
Check out Ammar in action below. It's going to take something special we feel to beat him this Friday judging by this. â€" Sport 360Â°
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