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Siem Reap set for Tiger Street Football Festival

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The 7th Tiger Street Football Festival rolls into the historic temple-town of Siem Reap for a 3-day footballing extravaganza where organisers continue their search of the next batch of talented teams for berths in the March grand final in Phnom Penh.

Beginning today, teams from Siem Reap, Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, and Kampong Thom provinces will battle it out for 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.

64 top teams will 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, and special promotions of Tiger Beer.

After the football action concludes, the Tiger concert will feature performances from Preap Sovath, Pich Sophea, Aok Sokunkanha, Chhorn Sovannareach, Sous Viza, Nico, and DJ Maily. The Tiger Crystal cool night party at igloo club will feature performances from Kmeng Khmer, Aok Sokunkanha, Mustache Band, Pich Sophea, MC Yaro,  and hip hop dancers, endless music and entertainment all night.

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 signed his first professional contract for Grêmio in 1998 before moving over to Europe to join Paris Saint-Germain FC. In 2002 he helped fellow countrymen Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Cafu to earn Brazil a record 5th title. He joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 2003 and was subsequently named FIFA World Player of the Year in his first two seasons. In the 2005-06 season, he played a pivotal role in helping Barcelona win their first European title in 14 years.

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