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Football legends including Ronaldinho turn up for World Cup of Teqball

Football legends including Ronaldinho turn up for World Cup of Teqball


It's been a while since Ronaldinho was strutting his stuff with the best in the world but the Brazilian's skills are still sharp.

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Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has a new passion: Teqball. A sport that can only be described as a mixture of table tennis, volleyball and football.

Teqball, which is the brainchild of former professional soccer player Gabor Borsanyi and computer scientist Viktor Huszar, is played on a downward-sloping, knee-high table and involves spectacular long kicks, dribbles and explosive headers.

Hungary's dominance of the third world championships (played this weekend in front of an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,000 at second division club Vasas) comes as little surprise as the country invented the sport, which had its first tournament five years ago.

Adam Blazsovics easily won the singles title and teamed up with Csaba Banyik to take home the doubles gold in Budapest, while Brazil won the mixed doubles in the first staging of the mixed gender event as their footvolley world champion Natalia Guitler teamed up with Marcos Viera to edge Hungary in a tight final.

Brazil, who should be pretty good given their country's background in the Samba style of beach soccer, then put out Ronaldinho for an All-Star match which also involved Carlos Puyol of Spain, William Gallas of France, plus Nuno Gomes and Simao Sabrosa of Portugal.

Wales also participated in the main event with former Bristol City winger David Cotterill representing alongside former international teammate Simon Church, and they drew attention with a new flag, possibly designed to encourage Gareth Bale's participation in next year's event.

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