Toronto resident tricks out soccer ball and competition at Red Bull Street Style National Final

    Jose Pena is crowned Canada's Freestyle Soccer Champion and will compete
    in Red Bull Street Style World Final in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Canada's 16 best ballers took their freestyling
skills to the stage today at The Great Hall in Toronto, as they battled
head-to-head to claim the title of Canada's best freestyler, and earn a spot
in the Red Bull Street Style World Final. The moves were fluid and the tricks
were cool, but it was only one freestyler who battled their way to the top by
showing ultimate control of the ball and creativity in style.
    Jose Pena made the ball dance effortlessly - spinning, swirling and
swiveling the ball with his fancy footwork and showing impressive control with
tricks like his face wash and continuous shoulder rolls - to beat out 15 other
top freestyler qualifiers from across the country. Wowing the judges with his
skill, style and creativity, Jose was not only crowned the Canadian freestyle
champion, but is now heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil to represent Canada in the
Red Bull Street Style World Final on November 18, 2008!
    "I practice everyday after school for three hours," said seventeen year
old Canadian Street Style champion Jose Pena. "It feels great to know that I
will represent Canada in the world final but I know now that I will have to
take my tricks to another level."
    Red Bull Street Style offers to the world's best freestyle soccer players
the opportunity to compete and display their unique flow of control, style and
creativity. Freestylers face off on a special stage, alternating ball
possession every 20 seconds while displaying their most wicked ball tricks to
beat their rival and move on to the next round. Freestyle players are known to
have the unique ability to control the movement of a soccer ball in a way that
it transcends into a fluid motion of ball and player.
    As the best of the best from coast to coast, 16 top qualifiers from
across Canada displayed their ability to control the ball while showing off
their moves to the rhythm of music, making it difficult for the judges to make
a decision. Fifteen year old Pablo Villalta from Vancouver gave it his all and
came in a close second place, with his extraordinary display of footwork and
balance that impressed the panel of celebrity judges, which included Rohan
Ricketts, star midfielder for the Toronto FC, Entertainment Tonight Canada
reporter Rick Campanelli and James Sharman from The Footy Show on The Score.
    "All of the competitors should be really proud of their performances,"
said Red Bull Street Style judge and Toronto FC player Rohan Ricketts. "As a
professional player, I know that it's definitely not as easy as they make it
    "The incredible ball control, style and creativity of the performances
made them really entertaining to watch," said Red Bull Street Style host and
freestyle soccer pioneer Steve 'Eli Freeze' Elias. "With Jose representing
Canada's huge talent, we're going to get some serious respect at the Red Bull
Street Style World Final."
    As the country famously known as the "Land of Football" and home of Pelé
and Ronaldo, Brazil is the ideal location for the World Final in this unique
competition between the most talented football freestylers around the globe.
The event stage will be set inside the complex of the city's historic Pacaembu
Stadium, which held matches for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and is now home
ground for Corinthians, one of Brazil's most popular clubs. For additional
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    DATE:  Sunday, October 12, 2008

    TIME:  After 8:00PM ET

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