Road to the final

Road to the final

Original Red Bull Street Style champion Séan Garnier will be joined by Spanish star Cesc Fàbregas on November 14 for the 2020 Red Bull Street Style World Final broadcast when 24 athletes from 11 countries will compete on a livestream. Here is all you need to know:

- After five months of intense competition, the 2020 Red Bull Street Style World Final line-up is now set with a fascinating mix of international talent going for glory.

- Sixteen male and 8 female freestyle footballers will battle it out in an online format for the first time in front of a global livestream audience on November 14, 2020.

- Having overcome more than 500 hopefuls, those who made it through span four continents with Japan's eight athletes making it the best represented country.

- The men's World Final includes 2018 World Champion Erlend Fagerli of Norway and his brother Brynjar Fagerli, while the 2013 World Champion Szymon "Szymo" Skalski of Poland and 2016 runner-up Kosuke Takahashi of Japan will also be among the favourites.

- Takahashi said: "It's very exciting. Japanese freestylers have their own creativity and originality. I think I have a chance to win, but there are many strong opponents."

- The women's World Final roster serves up a dream confrontation as every female World Champion – Kitti Szász of Hungary (2012, 2013), Aguska Mnich of Poland (2018) and Mélody Donchet of France (2014, 2016, 2019) – competes while newcomers like Japan's Miyoshi Miharu and the UK's Lia Lewis Gribius are also threats.

- Szász, 29, said: "It's exciting – I like to try myself out in new situations. I will try to do my best to reach the top again after so many years. I've never trained this much before and I hope I can give the best of me."

- French freestyle legend Garnier won the inaugural edition in 2008 and can't participate this year due to injury, but he will be the expert commentator for the live broadcast as Monaco midfielder Fàbregas is the exclusive judge for the 2020 "Best Trick" competition.

- Garnier, 36, explained: "Some of the tricks that are really impactful on stage might not seem so powerful in front of the camera, because the perspective is different, so you need to have a secret weapon to surprise the judges."

RED BULL STREET STYLE WORLD FINAL ROSTER 2020

Men
Mohammadhassan Akbari (IRI)
Fahed Albreiki (UAE)
Brynjar Fagerli (NOR)
Erlend Fagerli (NOR)
Ahmadreza Falsafi (IRI)
Philip Warren Gertsson (PHI)
Hiroyuki Kaneko (JPN)
Naoyuki Nagae (JPN)
Sebastian Peña (COL)
Leon Pokrovsky (JPN)
Logan Ragouramin (FRA)
Kazane Shimazaki (JPN)
Szymon Skalski (POL)
Kosuke Takahashi (JPN)
Shota Watanabe (JPN)
Izu Yu-Ri (JPN)

Women
Mélody Donchet (FRA)
Pola Gomez (FRA)
Lia Lewis Gribius (UK)
Torin Lynch (USA)
Miyoshi Miharu (JPN)
Aguska Mnich (POL)
Caitlyn Schrepfer (USA)
Kitti Szász (HUN)