RED BULL STREET STYLE WORLD FINAL 2014
Brazil: Stunning trick earns Henderson Freestyle Soccer world title
The 2014 Red Bull Street Style World Final at the historic Pelourinho Square in Salvador, Brazil lived up to its hype, as the best of the best from 44 nations battled it out for the biggest prize in their sport. Thousands braved the rain in central Salvador and fired up the ballers, creating an even more sizzling atmosphere when they moved into an indoor location at Pelourinho.
The top freestyle footballers from around the globe had already showed off their extraordinary skills in a series of qualifying competitions around the world, and the cutting-edge international competitors tried to impress the Brazilian jury by throwing down stunning tricks.
Red Bull Street Style 2014 highlights
In the men's competition, Andrew Henderson from Great Britain won in front of the massive crowd. Henderson beat Argentina's Carlos "Charly" Alberto Iacono in the final, with a stunning move during the last seconds earning him a separate award for best trick and landing him his first Red Bull Street Style world title when the head of the judging panel, Brazil's World Cup winner and former national team captain Raí, announced the champion.
"It's just unbelievable," said an emotional Henderson, mobbed by fans and media after a near-flawless final performance. "I worked really hard to get here."
For second-placed Carlos Alberto Iacono, it was his second finals appearance in a row.
Andrew Henderson (GBR) and Melody Donchet (FRA) out-tricked the world's best ballers to be crowned Red Bull Street Style champions in 2014 © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
France's Melody Donchet made her way to the women's title, dethroning Hungary's Kitti Szasz, who'd won two previous titles and beat the French baller in the 2012 World Final.
It's all about the ball! © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
The event returned to its roots in the country of the beautiful game, Brazil having hosted the inaugural 2008 World Final, won by Séan Garnier of France, who served as one of the judges for the 2014 edition.
Red Bull Street Style 2014, Salvador, Brazil – final results
1. Andrew Henderson (GBR),
2. Carlos Alberto Iacono (ARG),
3. Erlend Fagerli (NOR),
4. Pedro Oliveira (BRA)
1. Melody Donchet (FRA)
2. Kitti Szasz (HUN)
3. Laura Biondo (VEN)
4. Agnieszka Mnich (POL)