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Roll over, Ronaldinho! Ivorian freestyle footballers have all the flicks and tricks

Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan
August 29, 2019 at 10:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

A game of 'Maracana' featuring Africa's freestyle champion Titi Kone was played in front of large crowds in the capital Abidjan on Monday.

'Maracana' is the name given to a uniquely Ivorian brand of freestyle football.

The small and dusty six-a-side pitch demands players use technique and skill to overcome opponents.

Goals can only be scored in the box, although there are no goalkeepers.

“There are many young people who want to be like me and my goal is to create a training centre for them," Kone said.

The inspiration for 'Maracana' comes unsurprisingly from the legendary Rio de Janeiro football ground of the same name.

The set-up and rules echo Brazil's street version of the beautiful game: 'futebol.'

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A game of 'Maracana' featuring Africa's freestyle champion Titi Kone was played in front of large crowds in the capital Abidjan on Monday.

'Maracana' is the name given to a uniquely Ivorian brand of freestyle football.

The small and dusty six-a-side pitch demands players use technique and skill to overcome opponents.

Goals can only be scored in the box, although there are no goalkeepers.

“There are many young people who want to be like me and my goal is to create a training centre for them," Kone said.

The inspiration for 'Maracana' comes unsurprisingly from the legendary Rio de Janeiro football ground of the same name.

The set-up and rules echo Brazil's street version of the beautiful game: 'futebol.'

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SOT, Titi Kone, Football player (French): “The goal is to win this Maracana Zebie 2019 tournament. Of course, it will be done with the team and also with our president Salif.”

C/U Kone doing keepie-uppies

SOT, Titi Kone, Football player (French): “Actually, when I do freestyle I feel good and it makes me want to do commercials but as soon as I walk on the grass, I want to be a professional footballer.”

M/S Kone doing keepie-uppies

SOT, Titi Kone, Football player (French): “There are many young people who want to be like me and my goal is to create a training centre for them.”

M/S Kone doing keepie-uppies

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