The Red Bull Street Style World Final at the Hala Gwardii, a former boxing venue in the heart of Warsaw, Poland, was packed with spectators eager to see the best 16 male and the 4 female freestylers face off in head-to-head battles.
Judged by an expert panel including Brazilian football superstar Roberto Carlos, Erlend Fagerli from Norway and Ricardinho from Brazil made it to the finals and offered an ultimate showdown that had the crowd roaring: three minutes, two players, one ball and mind-boggling tricks. In the end, Fagerli’s incredible skills earned him his first-ever victory at Red Bull Street Style.
Superstar Roberto Carlos —who scored 71 goals for Real Madrid, winning four La Liga and three UEFA Champions League titles, and even lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy in 2002 with Brazil— witnessed never-before-seen moves.
“The level of the competition is incredible”, said Roberto Carlos. “You can tell that this is a World Cup because the skills of these athletes are totally crazy. It has been a really special day in my life.”
Red Bull Street Style, the pioneering and most prestigious of all freestyle football tournaments, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 with a comeback in cooperation with the World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA). The range of tricks a freestyler can do is simply endless, and as the field narrowed, the level of execution and innovation rose to a new level.
Erlend Fagerli, the new world champion, was ecstatic after his victory: “I have no words”, he said. “It’s always been a dream for me to win Red Bull Street Style, and after having such an incredible year winning the European and SuperBall titles, I could not be happier.”
The women’s event delivered one of the biggest upsets of the evening, as two-time Red Bull Street Style World Final winner Mélody Donchet of France was dethroned and thousands of spectators celebrated the new women’s World Champion, local hero Agnieszka ‘Aguska’ Mnich.
“It was a super close final battle. I really wanted to win. This the biggest success in my career” said Aguska.