Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

World Record in Al's Sights; Footie Tricks on Italian TV

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

World Record in Al's Sights; Footie Tricks on Italian TV

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Byline: LINDSAY BRUCE

A TEESSIDE dad is all in a spin over a world record attempt.

Al Johnson, 28, has just returned from Italy where he attempted to break a soccer freestyle world record.

Marketing manager by day, the dad of two was invited to Rome, with just two days' notice to stand in for another football trickster.

The attempt was to do more than 63 revolutions of a trick known as "train tracks" where the ball is balanced on the back of the neck and rolled around extended arms while the player also spins.

Al, who is married to Beth, 30, said: "I've been performing football freestyle tricks for years but this was my first serious attempt at breaking a world record."

The live attempt, filmed to be shown on Italian TV in October, was performed with Milton Keynes freestyler Dan Cutting. The pair had 60 seconds to beat the record - the result of which is top secret until the show is aired.

The Thornaby performer has a personal best record of doing 22,000 "keepie uppies" in four hours but now has the bug for breaking a record. …

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