Your Move: fans to pick UEFA EURO 2020 freestylers
Supporters are being given the chance to become national coach and select the people they want to represent their nation at UEFA EURO 2020.
Your Move - the talent competition to unearth the most original and creative freestyle, street and panna football experts across Europe - will offer two lucky winners from each of the 12 host city venues the opportunity to take part in the 60th anniversary of the UEFA European Championship by becoming UEFA EURO 2020 Freestylers.
Liv Cooke and Tobias Becs, official UEFA EURO 2020 Freestylers and multiple world record holders, have whittled down a shortlist in each country from hundreds of video entries, and have now put the power in the hands of supporters to select their favourite skills.
The winners will represent their host city by taking part in events throughout the EURO, including at matches, in fan zones and during the trophy tour.
And fans will have their say on who is chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by selecting their favourites from the shortlisted skills, flicks and tricks. Everyone who votes will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to either the final or a match in a host city, signed jerseys or footballs.
Tobias said: “Deciding the shortlist for Your Move has been one of the most enjoyable but difficult things I’ve ever had to do. The talent, creativity and enthusiasm from all corners of Europe is really inspirational.”
Liv Cooke encouraged people to get involved, saying: “The skills on show represent every host city at next year’s tournament, and I’d encourage everyone to go and choose who they think should be involved. Freestyling is as much about expressing yourself as it is about football, and the public will learn loads as they look through these great videos and choose their favourites.”
From Dublin to Baku, the shortlisted freestylers will now have to wait six weeks to find out whether they have been successful.
Joe Ashworth, who is 23, hopes to represent Glasgow at EURO 2020, and thinks the city is a brilliant location for the tournament. He adds: “Glasgow is a place full of raw passion for football, like nowhere else I’ve seen. The people here will give Hampden Park one of the best atmospheres in the competition - and I want to play a part in leading that!”
18-year-old Laura Dekker from the Netherlands, who first started freestyling four years ago after seeing someone doing a trick on Instagram, said: “My greatest freestyle achievement so far is becoming a European champion, so now I’m aiming to be world champion! Freestyle football is genuinely my life. My favourite thing to do is perform and show people my new tricks, so it would be amazing to be part of EURO 2020,” she said.
The 27-year-old Javier Sanz Aguilar has been freestyling for about 12 years. “One of the main reasons I love freestyle football is the community.” He said. “Everyone is always so friendly that it feels like you’ve known each other for years. I’m a massive football fan. so I would love to experience EURO 2020 from another point of view, and represent Spain in this European tournament,” he commented.
For more information, including how to vote for your favourite freestyler, please visit www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/your-move/ before 14:00 CET on 30 September 2019.
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