Aguska Mnich added the inaugural European Freestyle Football Championship to her world title collection after an impressive win against Laura Dekker of Netherlands.
Mnich, the 23-year-old London-based Polish freestyler, took the title and €6000 prize money after showing her renowned hardcore moves. The judges – headed by four-time world record holder Liv Cooke – crowned Aguska on the difficulty of moves, all-round ability, originality, execution and control.
It was an epic finale to the championship, held on the eve of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final in the Hungarian capital.
The competition, organised by the World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), and supported by the UEFA Women’s Football campaign, #WePlayStrong, involved eight of the continent’s most talented freestylers battling it out to be the winner of the all-female event.
Creating history was six years in the making for Aguska and she was delighted to be crowned champion. “There was some tough competition but I came to win this battle and I feel so proud,” she said. “I have been preparing for this from the beginning - I have now won four competitions in a row and I’m improving every time.
“Having an all-female is so inspiring and I can’t wait to see the female freestyling community grow.”
Anastasia Bagaglini, a 17-year-old blazing the trail within the freestyle community in Italy, finished third.
Liv Cooke, former world freestyle champion, critiqued the finalists as head judge and gave the new champion her seal of approval. “The energy in the room was amazing and for me, it was a close call between Aguska and Laura,” she said, “but Aguska really stole the show with the variation in her skills and her refined technique.
“Having the first ever Women’s European Freestyle Football Championship is a huge milestone for female freestyling, it’s amazing to see how far the sport has come since I was 14 years old and the interest is continuing to grow.”
The competition was streamed on Give Me Sport, with almost 50,000 people tuning in to see different tricks, stalls and transitions.