Friday, September 30, 2011

England Win World Cup

England win world cup ... at keepy uppy! Teen, 19, becomes champion in 'extreme' version of playground game

English football fans finally have something to celebrate after scooping the world championship - in keepy uppy.Andrew Henderson, 19, who lives with his parents in Truro, Cornwall, scooped the World Freestyle Football Championship in Malaysia with an extraordinary display of footballing skills. He dazzled the judges with a jaw-dropping range of tricks to music in which he balanced the ball on his nose, shoulder, neck and even the heels of his feet. Andrew, who practices for several hours a day, now makes a living from his hobby and has acted as a stunt double for Manchester United players in a TV ad. After his victory in Kuala Lumpur, he said: 'It's amazing to think I'm world champion. It was really hard work and training is gruelling but it's all worth it. 'It was nerve-racking performing on the world's biggest stage but thankfully I kept my nerve and they seemed impressed.' Andrew first started honing his skills aged 15, when he would go down to his local tennis courts and practice with friends. But while others saw it as a bit of fun, Andrew developed and fine-tuned his skills, practicing up to ten hours a day on his own. He turned professional at 16 and now travels the world performing in exhibitions and competitions. The teenager carefully regulates his diet, doesn't drink, and has travelled to 13 different countries this year alone to compete. He choreographs all his own routines, which can take up to a six months to perfect, and is able to contort his body into a dazzling array of moves. He no longer plays regular football so as not to risk an injury which would interfere with his freestyle career. Andrew said: 'It was around the time of my A-Levels I decided I wanted to do it professionally, and I had to choose between university or freestyle football. It can be quite a lucrative industry for the very top echelons and I've already appeared in a few adverts and promotional events so I will keep practising and hopefully have a good career.' He added: 'It's an unusual way to make a living but I love what I do. I trained every minute I got, which did affect my studies a bit, but now it's worth it.'Andrew has acted as a stunt double for some of the game's big names including Manchester United's Michal Owen and Nemanja Vidic in a Nike TV ad.He beat competitors from across the globe to win the world title. He will defend his UK championship title - which he has held for three years - in Nottingham next month.Andrew is also heavily involved with the Freestyle Football Federation (F3) which helps promote healthy living and skills development to youngsters in 48 different countries.

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بالفيديو.. إنجليزي يتوج بطلا للعالم في الاستعراض بالكرة
فاز الشاب الإنجليزي اندرو هندرسون بلقب بطل العالم في الاستعراض الحر بكرة القدم، خلال المسابقة التي أقيمت منافساتها في العاصمة الماليزية كوالالمبور. ذكرت صحيفة "ذا صن" الإنجليزية أن هندرسون الذي يبلغ من العمر 19 عاما، بدأ في التدريب على الاستعراض الحر بكرة القدم منذ 5 سنوات فقط، ورغم قصر المدة إلا أنه أتقن اللعبة جيدا، ونجح في التغلب على منافسين أقوياء من البرازيل واليابان وإسبانيا.
وأعلنت لجنة الحكام فوز هندرسون باللقب بناءً على تجانس حركاته مع الموسيقى التي اختارها لتأدية الاستعراض على نغماتها، بالإضافة إلى قدرته الكبيرة على التحكم في الكرة دون أي خطأ أو فقدان للتركيز.

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