The 7th Tiger Street Football festival 2019 heads to Battambang this weekend in search of the next batch of talented teams for induction into the March grand final in Phnom Penh.
Teams from Battambang, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Pailin, and Banteay Meanchey will battle it out over two-days to find nine teams for the grand final and a shot at the $1,500 provincial top prize .
The qualifying tournaments cover nine cities including, Sihanoukville, Takeo, Kompong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kompong Cham, Kandal and Phnom Penh.
79 teams took part at last year’s round in Battambang. PCO came out on top in a close contest against rivals FC Crown winning their encounter 1-0.
64 top teams join the final tournament with only the very best of the best teams competing for supremacy at the grand finals in Phnom Penh in front of Koh Pich Theater on 16th and 17th of March.
The festival also boasts cheer dancing, games booths, supporter booth-face painting and props/banners to support the teams, special promotions of Tiger Beer, and a live concert, featuring popular singers such as Preap Sovath, Khemarak Sereymon, Chorn Sovanreach, Aok Sokunkanha, Pich Sophea, and Sokun Nisa.
The festival is organised by Tiger Beer to connect with youths in Cambodia and extend its footprint towards developing football in the kingdom. Organisers have revealed they are set to bring Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho to Phnom Penh for the grand final.
Ronaldinho is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation. He is renowned for his mesmerising tricks, overhead kicks, ‘blind’ passing and dribbling which led him to glory with both country and club.
He proved decisive in Brazil’s victory in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as in FC Barcelona’s triumph in the 2006 UEFA Champions League final.