Freestyle champ puts lips to record dribble
with Vivian Chen
While most freestyle footballers can dribble a ball from their feet to most parts of their bodies, Londoner Billy Fincham juggles one with his lips.
Shoppers in Tuen Mun Town Plaza last Sunday 'waahed' as Fincham, 'dribbled' a ball with his lips 107 times in one minute. That's apparently 11 more lip dribbles than his own world record, and Fincham still walked off the mall's stage without any chapping or swelling around the mouth. 'I have very strong lips,' said the 29-year-old, who has freestyled for 10 years, lip-dribbled for two and became the Samsung freestyle champion in 2007. 'I train two hours a day, seven days a week.'
Fincham has even stood in for Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo in TV commercials.
'Those tricks break [cultural] barriers,' Fincham said. 'Even if we don't speak the same language, we understand each other.'