|By Marketwire .||
|September 29, 2012 03:52 PM EDT||
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM -- (Marketwire) -- 09/29/12 -- Tiger Street Football 2012 reached its electrifying climax today with Floripa Street Football from Brazil emerging as 'Tiger's Kings of the Streets' after a fierce fight between 10 of the finest converging in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the presence of one of FIFA's 100 greatest living footballers, Edgar Davids, this year's Tiger Street Football Ambassador.
Organised in partnership with ESPN STAR Sports, this year's tournament saw five of the best street football teams from Holland, France, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, as well as, an estimated 1,500 teams participating in host cities across Asia -- Thailand, Singapore, China, Malaysia and Vietnam this year, up over 50% from 990 teams last year.
The Grand Finals of Tiger Street Football saw players putting on their best cleats and showing off their finesse and skills in rounds of fast-speed battles. This high octane five-a-side game provides quick bursts of heart-pumping, non-stop action played in two exhilarating 6-minute halves and a 2-minute half-time to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. With a refreshing format consisting of a unique oval, caged pitch and no side-lines, Tiger Street Football is an electrifying, high-speed platform for players to showcase their distinctive style and talent while providing power-packed on and off pitch entertainment for spectators.
Inspired by the action and passion found in fans in the game of street football, Tiger Beer wanted to create a football experience that is unique and memorable for the public and football fans alike. Besides the exciting football action, the Grand Finals also featured a fun-filled entertainment line-up, which included freestyle football displays by one of the world's greatest football freestylers, 'Nam the Man', performances by popular Vietnamese local singer, Như Ý, high energy dance and cheerleading segments, and appearances by the beautiful Tiger Cage Girls. The carnival atmosphere inherent in the Tiger Street Football events featuring various street style performers and Tiger Cage girls allows the public and football fans to enjoy not just the non-stop adrenaline-fueled action on field but also a football festival centered on football, fun, friends and beer.
"Off the back of the successful inaugural Tiger Street Football tournament in 2011, we are very pleased to see the passion for street football being ignited amongst fans in Asia. With the thrilling carnival atmosphere and festivities on top of the adrenaline-pumping football action, we strive to provide fans with a world-class brew and the best immersive football experience; Tiger Beer will bring even more exciting street football action to come in 2013. We are upping the ante with more international teams to challenge our local talent and to keep the standard of play exceptional. 2013 will see Australia, Cambodia and Mongolia being added to our extensive list of host cities, so be prepared as the competition heats up next year and the excitement gets even more intense!" said Mr Edmond Neo, Director, Group Commercial, Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd.
The thrills and adrenaline-charged action of this year's Tiger Street Football competitions was a memorable experience for spectators and players alike, as they got to catch the legendary Edgar Davids in the flesh at various meet and greet sessions regionally.
Edgar Davids, who has 74 international caps to his name and has played for renowned teams including AFC Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur, said, "The last four months have been an exceptional experience as I have seen first-hand some of the most exciting 'live' street football action at Tiger Street Football competitions and interacted with so many talented players. With its innovative format and participation of world renowned street football teams, Tiger Street Football is a demanding, high speed game that tests the level of skill and precision of players and the standard of play has been impressive. I am very proud to be a part of Tiger Street Football, to bring football to the streets and cultivate a lively street football culture in Asia."
Tiger Street Football 2012 Champion - Floripa Street Football (Brazil)
Semi Finals - Equal FC (Malaysia) versus Dat Vinh Tien (Vietnam)
Edgar Davids entertaining crowds at Tiger Street Football
Grand Final Game Highlights - Day One
Yesterday saw Vietnamese fans alternating between watching on the edge of their seats and jumping passionately to their feet, as 32 local street football teams battled it out to become one of the four semi-finalist teams who would emerge victorious and go on to the Grand Finals the next day. The tournament was an example of street football at its best, with high-velocity play and aggressive face-offs. Tran Hoang Cuong, Café Pho An Giang, Huy Hoang and Dat Vinh Tien emerged victorious as finalists to represent Vietnam in the Grand Finals, and the chance to go head-to-head with street footballers from all over the world.
Grand Final Game Highlights - Day Two
On Day 2 of the competition, avid fans gathered to watch internationally-renowned street footballers and winning teams from the national tournaments battle it out for the prestigious title of 'Tiger's Kings of the Streets'. The round-robin tournament featured Equal FC (Malaysia), Big One Sport (Thailand), Touch N Go (Singapore) and Yi Cui Shi Wei Xian A (China), as well as the four winning Vietnamese teams from Day One, Tran Hoang Cuong, Café Pho An Giang, Huy Hoang and Dat Vinh Tien, and Floripa Street Football and Futsar Argentina from Brazil and Argentina respectively.
Floripa Street Football and Equal FC were quick to climb up the scoreboard, eliminating other teams along the way, taking the spectators in a whirlwind series of matches culminating to the electrifying face-off. At the exciting finals, defending champion Floripa Street Football dazzled with their signature tricks and moves that street football is infamous for, alongside an impenetrable defense, to emerge victorious with an impressive scoreline of 7-2 as the grand champions, bagging the glorious title 'Tiger's Kings of the Streets' and the top prize money of USD$30,000. Doing Asia proud is Equal FC from Malaysia, which came in second and earned themselves USD$10,000 with Captain Jamaludin Alias earning the prestigious title of top scorer of the Grand Finals, whilst Futsar Argentina took the third place after a head-to-head battle, with USD$5,000 cash prize. Spurred on by the rapturous home ground cheers, the Vietnamese team, Dat Vinh Tien, made it to the fourth spot.
Davis Da Silva Cabral, Team captain of Floripa Street Football said: "I'm so overwhelmed right now -- we are the Kings of the Streets! Tiger Street Football is unlike any other football tournaments we have participated in; it is challenging, yet refreshing and dynamic. This is a truly unforgettable experience for us to be two times champion of this exciting tournament. We met our hero, our inspiration Edgar Davids -- the man that made street football into what it is today, as well as had a chance to play with and learn from some the best players from all over the world. Incredible. Truly incredible."
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2108176
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2108179
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2108182