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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Equal FC crowned Malaysia’s Tiger Street Football champion

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Tiger Street Football is a multi-stop international street football tournament that features a unique oval caged pitch with no sidelines and a dynamic and continuous state of play. With a fast-paced 5-a-side format consisting of two 6-minute halves and a 2-minute halftime period, Tiger Street Football promises to be an adrenaline-filled game for players.

In its second year, fans passionate about the game will be treated to an exciting campaign comprising local Tiger Street Football competitions in five countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China.

Tiger Street Football kicked off in Bangkok, Thailand, in March and will be followed by stops in Singapore, Guangzhou, China, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Grand Finals will be held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Apart from introducing a new dimension to football, Tiger Street Football serves as a platform for talented players, aspiring footballers and anyone with a passion for the game to showcase their talent, exchange pointers, and learn from some of the best players in Asia and internationally. Throughout the entire competition season through to the Grand Finals, winners will not only hone their skills but be able to bring home attractive cash prizes totaling about USD80,000

Filled with adrenaline-pumping and fast-speed battles that showcased the mastery of skills needed for this 5-a-side edgy street football, the 32 local teams selected from across the country put up a high energy and fierce fight to the every end, much to the delight of the throng of fans and spectators.

Apart from the exhilarating games by the teams, the event provided exciting activities for the street football fans and spectators off the pitch as well, with entertaining street-themed performances such as S3 from France. The highlight of the event was the special appearance by Tiger Street Football Ambassador, Dutch international football legend Edgar Davids, who is the global face for this new dimension of football.

As the winners of the Tiger Street Football Malaysia National Finals tournament, Equal FC will be whisked off to Vietnam for the Grand Finals to play against national champions and international teams on September 29, to be broadcasted live on ESPN where the teams will be playing for the pride and glory of being named the Kings of Streets and the grand prize of US$30,000 (RM90,000)

The final intensified into a true battle of will and skill whilst the hundreds of onlookers watched in anticipation as the game reached Finals. This then went into overtime, whereby the Equal FC took lead of the field and beat out team Dani FC in true football style. 

Tiger Street Football Ambassador Edgar Davids, who gave away the prizes alongside Charles Ireland, Managing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad was equally impressed with the quality of play by the local teams. “As the Ambassador of the sports, I am proud to see the reception towards street football. Malaysia certainly has some great talents and I think the team stands a good chance at the Grand Finals. They already have the skills, so now they have to develop them with lots of disciplined practice and of course, continue to play with passion.”

As the top four local teams, Equal FC and Dani FC alongside Versus 5 and Chatterbox will be facing off 2 international street football champions – Edgar David’s protégé The Street Legends and S3, French’s best street footballers as well as Asian champions Aussie team Street Vipers and Thailand’s Big 1 Sport 99 the next day  for additional prize money of US$5,000 (RM15,000).

So be sure to be on the lookout for next year's street football so that you and your comrads and show off their skills and be in the running for so much money!

Or you can just have an awesome tiger beer and watch the match!

It's always a good cheers to tiger time :). 

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