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Skills Special

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We've got a very special show lined up for you today on Kickabout.

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I'm talking skills, tricks and flicks.

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John Farnworth's going to show you how to do

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it with a little help from this lot.

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CHEERING.

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I'd best get my goalie gloves.

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Hello, hello, Kickabout fans.

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And welcome to the Powerleague Trafford Sportsdome where we're

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going to be showing you some top footy tricks, freestyler skills

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and as well as that, all of this lot coming up.

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We meet female footballing maestro Liv Cooke.

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Find out who's made our top five most skilful players list.

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And it wouldn't be a skills special without your brilliant videos, too.

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Loads and loads to look forward to there.

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Now, on with the footy tricks.

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There is only one man I could have called upon for this

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situation right here.

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He's a world-class football freestyler, and holds not only one,

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but five world records.

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It's John Farnworth, everybody!

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How's it going, Taylor?

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I'm good, and good.

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So, what skills are we going to be learning today?

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Well, freestyle's all about creativity, but we're

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going to be showing these lot how we put the tricks

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into a game situation.

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So the first one is flick-ups, ways to get the ball

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from the floor into the air.

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Once you've done it, just see how many kick-ups you can do.

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All right?

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So it starts here.

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Roll.

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Into the air like that.

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If you feel you've got that, if you feel you've mastered it,

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we're going to go on to the second one, which is, I think,

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a lot harder, and looks pretty cool.

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It's called the slam down.

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OK?

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So, the ball is here.

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Foot here, foot below.

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Straight up like that.

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So you may notice that I'm using the floor to get

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the ball in the air.

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It's actually what we call a bounce moving freestyle,

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so you're going to flick the ball up, hit it straight back down

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with the sole, and then that bounce gets the ball straight back up

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into the air.

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So basically you're going to flick it up with one, down

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with the other foot.

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So I'll maybe show you one more time.

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Is that all right?

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And then you guys have got to have a try.

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So it goes here, down, and off you go.

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Amazing.

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Make sense?

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Yes.

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Let's give it a go.

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Let's go.

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Off you go, guys.

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That was good, that was good.

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You're getting it now.

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While these guys go and practise their skills,

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Lesley can look back to earlier in the year when we met

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the UK's first female professional freestyler,

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Liv Cooke.

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Hi, I'm Liv Cooke.

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I'm the UK's first professional female football freestyler.

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And you're watching Match Of The Day Kickabout.

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I started football freestyle when I was 15, and now

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I'm 16 going on 17.

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With football freestyle, it took me around two years to get

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to the level I'm at now, but I always had the fundamentals

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of control, because my brothers would stick me in a football net

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on the weekend and just fire balls at me again and again,

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so my control developed from there.

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And then being a footballer, I had the simple tricks

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like around the world.

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And then two years of freestyle, it seemed to progress really quickly,

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because I practised a lot.

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When I was really young, in my primary school, infant school,

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I'd play in the playground with the boys all day,

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like playing football.

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My favourite player is by far Ronaldinho.

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When I was just starting freestyle, I actually did watch a lot

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of Ronaldinho's videos just to learn flick-ups and tricks

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that I could show off at training to my friends.

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If you want to start freestyle, I suggest you start by learning

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kick-ups, and also neck stall, which is like balancing the ball

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on your back with your head up so it stays there.

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The feeling you get when you land a new trick or get

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a new combo, it's amazing.

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One of the best things about football freestyle is it's

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for absolutely anybody of any age, and it can be done anywhere.

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All you need is a ball.

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Amazing skills there by Liv.

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John, what do we have next?

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Well, next up, we're going to do ways to get

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the ball around an opponent, so moves to beat players, OK?

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The first one was quite a famous move that Pele used to do.

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He used to step inside and then take the ball the other way.

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And there was one time he did it where there was like a goalkeeper,

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and the ball was played in, and he stepped and the goalkeeper

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went down, and he went past him, and I just thought that was genius.

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So that's our first one.

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Second one is taking the Pele stepover to the next level.

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When I was your age, Ronaldo used to do this,

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but not Cristiano Ronaldo.

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There was a player before him who played for Brazil, another Ronaldo.

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Memphis Depay has done this recently.

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You may have seen it.

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So you're going to bring the ball across, then I'm

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going to touch it here, then I'm going to go

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off into the space.

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OK?

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Now, this has been done as a nutmeg, too, so if I'm here, go over,

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you can actually put it through your opponent's legs.

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So there's lots of ways you can do this.

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You can also do it as a pass, getting round, as a shot,

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and once your round him, you've got all that space,

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you can do whatever you want.

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So we've got the Pele stepover and the Depay roll stepover.

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Shall we go and practise?

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Yes!

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Let's give it a go.

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Let's go!

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You know, the best players, when they dribble, they don't kick

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it too far, because why?

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Because they get tackled?

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Get tackled?

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If I've got the ball under control, at any time, I can move.

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Good lad, that's awesome.

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These guys have some serious skills, but so do you all at home.

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Let's take a look.

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You are seriously a talented bunch.

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Now, I'm joined now by two more talented Kickabout viewers

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whose videos we loved when they were sent in.

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It's Sam and Helen.

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Right, Sam, first up.

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Your basketball trick shot was absolutely unbelievable.

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How much practice did that take?

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It took me a whole afternoon to actually get all three in.

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And how many balls were kicked in that process,

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or was it a one take wonder?

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Loads!

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Loads!

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Loads.

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No broken windows, we hope.

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But we also saw that you did it in no trainers.

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Why was that?

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It's because I could feel the ball more instead of using shoes.

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Fantastic, adapting.

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Right, Helen, we loved your freestyle skills showcase

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in that video you sent in.

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How long have you been practising?

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I've been practising for awhile now.

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I do it as often as I can.

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And is there any say inspirations that you look up to?

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John is one of my inspirations.

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I've watched him since I was younger.

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That's brilliant.

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Right, so I've got to ask you guys.

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What are your favourite skills?

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Mine is a 360 kneecap.

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How cool that sounds.

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Mine's round the world.

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OK, living up to expectations, do you guys reckon you

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could show us it, live?

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OK, let's do this!

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What?!

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Yes, my man!

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Right, let's go again.

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Absolutely love it.

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So, here's our top pick of players that are best

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showcasing their skills.

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COMMENTATOR: Henry, outrageous skill from Thierry Henry.

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Ronaldo backing them up.

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Oh!

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Explosive.

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On his day, arguably the best, most effective and certainly

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the most exciting player in the premiership.

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Oh, that's a wondrous goal!

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From a wonderful player.

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Coutinho, clever, very clever.

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And again, very clever from Coutinho.

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He's got his own way of doing that.

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Might go for goal, oh, he's scored!

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Out of the blue.

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Imagine all of that lot in one team.

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I don't fancy my chances.

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I reckon you could give them a run for their money, though, John.

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Maybe.

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What's our third and final skill?

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Accuracy.

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So to do this, we're going to use a bin, right?

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I love doing bin shots.

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I love doing my freestyle, but I love mixing the two together.

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So we're going to start off with the bin on the floor,

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so for the viewers at home, if you're not used to doing a bin

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shot, you can just put the bin down.

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And you can be, like, nearly ten metres, kick it in.

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Once you've done it, go a bit further back,

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a bit further back.

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Then eventually, you can put the bin up.

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Which is much harder, and then try and kick it in.

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So, as I'm here, and as I'm a freestyler, I've prepared my own

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very special freestyle bin shot.

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Shall we try it?

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Yeah.

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OK, let's go.

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Now, you saw how difficult it was.

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It even took this genius a few times to get in.

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So let's see you guys give it a go.

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OK?

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Oh, so close.

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Do not go anywhere, because up next, we'll be combining all the skills

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from today in a very special challenge right here on this pitch.

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But for the meantime, while we set up, take a look

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at Frankie Vu's dream 5-a-side team.

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I'm Frankie Vu, and this is my skilful dream 5-a-side team.

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So, starting off in goal, I have Rene Higuita,

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who you may not be familiar with, but he was the goalkeeper who made

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that famous scorpion kick known worldwide.

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And he's also a pretty good outfield player as well.

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So I put myself in defence, because not many people know this,

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but in primary school, I actually played in defence.

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So, after Higuita does his scorpion kick out of goal,

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I can do one of these.

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Actually, you know what?

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That's probably over head height, isn't it?

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In midfield, I'd go for Ronaldinho.

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When you think of skills, Ronaldinho is pretty much the first

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name that springs to mind.

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He would just bamboozle people all over the pitch and just create

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magic every time he gets the ball.

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Also in midfield, I'd have Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.

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Not many players have got an actual move named after them,

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but Johan Cruyff has got the Cruyff turn, one of the most

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famous moves known to man.

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Up front, I'd have the one and only Diego Maradona.

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He's got all the skills to take everyone on the pitch on,

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just like he did against England.

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And if that doesn't work, he'll just use his hands!

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Some top choices there, Frankie, and some nice moves, too.

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But now it's time to put everything we've learned into action.

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First up, we've got the freestyle flick-up.

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That's right, two of the best tricks put together.

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And then these guys over here are going to be beating a man.

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That's it, stepovers, dragbacks, turns, it's all in there.

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Moving on to the final challenge, where these guys are going to be

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doing that accuracy challenge.

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This is interesting.

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If they get it into the bin, they win.

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So, guys, are we ready?

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Yes!

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Let's do this.

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OK, so in three, two, one...

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Off you go!

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That's two.

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Well done, off you go.

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The yellow team seems to be storming ahead.

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CHEERING.

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Yellow in the bin.

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What techniques there was there.

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We've had an absolute fantastic time here today,

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and we hope you've learned loads at home to try, too.

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If you want to head onto the Kickabout website,

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you can see John doing the skills over and over again.

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And indeed, get involved - send in your videos,

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we love seeing them.

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But until next time, guys, see you.

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