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Tiger Street Football Festival nears crescendo

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The 7th edition of the football festival is already the biggest ever. Tiger Beer

With the Tiger Street Football Festival 2019 almost at its crescendo, the competition takes a well-deserved break this weekend after traversing the length and breadth of the kingdom of Cambodia, so far taking in Sihanoukville, Takeo, Kompong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, and most recently Kompong Cham– with only Kandal and Phnom Penh remaining.

The 7th edition of the football festival is already the biggest ever with almost 600 teams estimated to have joined the qualifying rounds.

64 top teams will be joining 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 March 16th and 17th.

At last year’s competition, Tiger welcomed ex-Manchester United legend and Tiger Beer brand ambassador Ryan Giggs to Phnom Penh for the final. This year, Tiger Beer are set to fly in Ronaldinho, a player widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation.

The Brazilian wizard 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 2003 and was 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.

The Tiger Street Football Festival 2019 is nearing its crescendo. KT/Yeun Punlue

The festival has also boasted cheer dancing, games booths, supporter booth-face painting & props/banners to support their favourite team, special promotions of Tiger Beer, and a bigger live concert, featuring popular singers such as Preap Sovath, Pich Sophea, Ny Ratana, Chhin Manich, Reth Zusana, DJ Maily, and more.

Unlike traditional football, futsal and other street football formats, Tiger Street Football features a unique, customised oval caged pitch. The cutting-edge platform features a high energy continuous state of play, guaranteed to thrill the crowd throughout the two fast-paced six-minute halves in each match.

Organised by Tiger Beer, it seeks to connect with youths in Cambodia and extend its footprint towards developing football in the kingdom. It serves as a platform for talented players, aspiring footballers and anyone with a passion for the game to showcase their talent, and learn from good players.

The festival next travels to Kandal for a March 3rd date. Teams from Kandal, Prey Veng, and Svay Rieng are eligible to enter.

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