Deco & Co the stars for Tiger Street Football
Tiger Street Football kicks off in Singapore today, returning with an innovative new format - bigger court, smaller ball, and the option of introducing a sixth player for two minutes - that will bring out the most creative, agile and instinctive style of play for street football.
Having kept a close eye on the Cambodian and Mongolian legs last month, former Portugal playmaker Deco is set to make the final two Star Selections for the Singapore exhibition match against his team, comprising some of Portugal's most decorated players - striker Nuno Gomes, defender Paulo Ferreira, midfielder Maniche and goalkeeper Vitor Baia.
One Singaporean, Eric Yap, will also be playing as the sixth man in Team Deco after being picked from respondents on Tiger Beer's Facebook page.
"The energy and passion for football in these Asian legs have been mesmerising, with every team and every player giving it their all in every game. Nuno, Paulo, Maniche, Vitor and I are very excited to see what Singapore has to offer, and look forward to an electric finals line-up," said Deco.
Rene de Monchy, head of marketing for Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore, added: "Tiger Street Football is a great platform for the brand to bring unique and enjoyable experiences to our fans, and one of this year's highlights is undoubtedly the all-star exhibition match between the region's best street footballers and five of Portugal's finest players."
The region's eight best street football teams, from Cambodia, Mongolia, Australia, Vietnam and Singapore, will battle for the ultimate prize of US$40,000 ($50,000).
Currently topping the table are Cambodia's Daniel FC, with Singapore teams Touch N Go and MNA-CPG in fifth and seventh positions respectively.
The round-robin matches kick off at 3pm at the Singapore Sports Hub's Stadium Riverside Walk, with the finals at 5pm and exhibition match at 6pm. The event is open to the public.
- DAVID LEE
WHAT: Tiger Street Football
WHERE: Singapore Sports Hub, Stadium Riverside Walk
WHEN: Today —
3pm: Round-robin matches
6pm: Exhibition match