From September 20-22, the world's trickiest freestyle footballers will be juggling balls to the death at the Red Bull Street Style 2012 World Final, and you can watch it live on RedBull.tv.
The best street footballers on the planet will descend on the Roman amphitheatre in Lecce, Italy, at the weekend for the most prestigious freestyle football event in the world. The keepy-uppy stars who'll be battling it out in southern Italy have been whittled down from 4,890 to 50 in fiercely contested qualification tournaments around the globe.
To win, players will have to demonstrate confidence in all manner of tricks in three-minute one-on-one battles in which they swap possession every 30 seconds. The judging panel will be looking for befuddlingly creative combinations that comprise floor, standing, foot, head and body tricks, as well as marking for control and style.
And to show just how talented the finalists are, Italian World Cup winners Filippo Inzaghi and Fabio Cannavaro will be in attendance looking for a few tips on ball control. (They're also part of the five-member judging panel.)
Said Filippo Inzaghi: “As a player I always felt privileged because I was able to do what I loved best for a living. Passion is a must in every sport. I hope all the ballers taking part in the world final of Red Bull Street Style are able to reach their goals and have fun doing so, because this is the spirit of freestyle football”.
Former Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro added: “I grew up watching the incredible skill of Maradona and to see so many guys dribbling with so much artistic flair is exciting!”
The last event, held in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010 saw Norway’s Anders Solum walk away with the main prize after beating local hero Kamal Ranchod. The Norwegian wünderkind received his prize from football wizards George Weah and Edgar Davids. Two years earlier, in 2008, Arnaud 'Sean' Garnier was crowned world freestyle soccer champion in São Paulo, Brazil.
To see who's got the best moves, or to learn the difference between an 'around the world' and a nutmeg, tune into RedBull.tv at 21:15 CET on September 22 for live coverage of the final.