Abbas Farid: Freestyle Footballer Extraordinaire

Posted on September 8, 2009
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This video has recently been making the rounds on Pakistani Facebook pages and I have received a number of emails with its link. Each time I have seen it, I have been amazed at the skill, control and dexterity of this young man.

The video is indeed remarkable, but was also mysterious because (on the versions I was seeing) it did not say who it was or where or exactly what the connection to Pakistan was.

The facebook video I kept seeing just had the title “Best Freestyler From Pakistan” without much detail. I tried looking it up on YouTube but it turns out that YouTube is brimming and overflowing with ‘Freestyle Football’ videos, including a whole slew from young Pakistanis – some quite talented, others not so. Then I got an email from a reader saying this was someone called Rehan Munir; now I thought I had a lead, YouTube did have a number of freestyle football videos from Rehan Munir, he seemed to look of similar built, but the performance, while impressive, was not quite the same league. So, I kept looking.

Finally, I think I have found who is in the video and what the context is: The young man in the video is Abbas Farid and this is his championship winning performance in Hong Kong at the 2007 Nike freestyle competition. Turns out that Abbas is from Britain (New Port, South Wales), of Pakistani origin, and quite a celebrity in the world of freestyle football (again, my apologies for my ignorance of this entire world).

Here is what his website says:

Abbas was inspired by the France ’98 world cup. After a few years of practicing, the Nike Freestyle competition was launched in 2001. The competition was re-launched in 2003. An estimated 30,000 competitors entered the competition. Abbas fought his way into the finals and emerged the clear winner – becoming the Freestlye King. Since winning the competition Abbas has become a successful freestyler and is now considered one of the world’s top freestyler’s. More recently, Abbas has won the Hong Kong 2007 freestyle competition to add to the growing list of titles won. Abbas believes his true potential is not yet achieved and is always developing new skills to add to his already huge skills portfolio.

You are looking at one of the founding fathers of football freestyle.

The website says he has created a whole slew of new ‘tricks’ and has a whole set of his videos, including an  Nike MTV commercial (read about the Ad here). One, in particular, is worth adding here as we end the post- it features Abbas Farid with Brazilian soccer powerhose Ronaldinho and Moroccon footballer Soufiane Alloudi:

18 Comments on “Abbas Farid: Freestyle Footballer Extraordinaire”

  1. yaseen ch says:
    September 8th, 2009 10:35 pm

    fantastic video ,thats really international football players skills.

  2. Darweesh says:
    September 9th, 2009 3:32 am

    Amazing .

  3. Adam Insaan says:
    September 9th, 2009 6:13 am

    -is this `foot´ball or bodyball …????!?

    well true artist he is indeed.

  4. Shakeel says:
    September 9th, 2009 6:40 am

    Football is the greatest sport in the world :)

    This guy has some very good skills. Well done to him. Hopefully, he can play a role in advertising footie in Pakistan.

    All the best.

  5. Haroon says:
    September 9th, 2009 9:01 am

    This is amazing talent. Actually some of the videos on YouTube of younger Pakistanis are also amazing.

    Good to see this fantastic British-Pakistani.

  6. Haroon says:
    September 9th, 2009 9:02 am

    By the way, the second video with Ronaldo is even more spectacular

  7. Sikander Hayat says:
    September 9th, 2009 10:55 am

    Great skill. There are not Pakistanis currently in the english premier league but may be one day that can happen.

    http://real-politique.blogspot.com

  8. Qausain says:
    September 9th, 2009 2:31 pm

    Awesome!

  9. TheOracle says:
    September 9th, 2009 6:23 pm

    Here’s another video of Abbas outside the Emirates Stadium…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYLCliPNSjA

  10. Aslam says:
    September 9th, 2009 8:07 pm

    What great talent. he seems to have made a career for himself doing this and it is quite something. Good luck to him

  11. Wadood says:
    September 9th, 2009 9:10 pm

    I have always thought that we should really encourage and invest in football in Pakistan. It is cheap, everyone can play it and there is a lot of “street interest” in it. But we have to systematically encourage it.

  12. ShahidnUSA says:
    September 9th, 2009 10:48 pm

    Este Joven Es Mui Bueno Jugando Fut-bol.
    Tien mucho talento.

    Ojala El Fuera A La Escuela En Lugar De
    Solo Jugar Fut-bol Todo El Dia.

    Gracias!

  13. Aslam says:
    September 9th, 2009 11:17 pm

    ShahidnUSA, I am sure he also went to school and probably did fairly well. He seems to have done well all in general in life :-)

  14. Raheel says:
    September 10th, 2009 1:32 am

    Definitely impressing!
    Like Aamir Khan (the boxer), he’s another Pakistani legend in England.

    Well done, Abbas/Aamir!

  15. MK says:
    September 12th, 2009 9:02 pm

    Very talented.

  16. Aliya says:
    September 13th, 2009 9:58 pm

    Very nice indeed. Specially the second video.

    We need more role model Pakistanis in UK.

  17. Humaira says:
    July 11th, 2010 12:31 pm

    Wow. Nice. Unbelievable. What great talent.

  18. raza says:
    August 10th, 2010 7:49 pm

    good! search phenomenals of pakistan on facebook for freestyle :)

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