Tiger Street Football: Aussies uncaged and under the cosh
After the first-leg in Cambodia, the Sydney-based team (in the bright yellow jerseys) were sitting comfortably in third but had a torrid time of it in Ulaanbaatar.
With players from Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Bolivian descent, the Latin Lovers’ South American flair was not enough to pull off a win.
A 3-3 draw, plus 4-2 and 5-2 losses saw the boys slip to sixth on the table which includes the best street footballers from Cambodia, Mongolia, Singapore, Australia and Vietnam.
Headlined by legendary playmaker and Portuguese football superstar, Deco, the revolutionary street football tournament has invited fans to #uncagefootball.
Share what you love or hate about the beautiful game and you could win a trip for two to meet Deco in Barcelona!
There’s also an opportunity to transform the game by adding your own rules to make Tiger Street Football the ultimate showcase of creativity, agility and instinct.
Plus, football lovers will be able to unlock badges and redeem smaller prizes by completing activities on the site and collecting unique Tiger Street Football points.
Visit www.uncagefootball.com to find out more.
Meanwhile in the tournament, top spot is currently an arm wrestle between the leading teams from the first round, Vietnamese hotshots Dat Vinh Tien and Cambodian outfit, Daniel FC, with the latter gaining a one-point edge in Mongolia.
Next step for the Aussies in their jet set all-expenses paid whirlwind Asia adventure is Singapore where the teams will battle it out on September 6 for the ultimate prize purse of USD40,000 - the biggest prize money for an international street football tournament.
As a key part of the revamped tournament format, Deco made two Star Selections.
Turbat Daginaa from Mongolian team Blue Wolves and Phon Chanudom from Cambodian team Daniel FC were selected as the most outstanding players from the Mongolian tournament.
And there’s still an opportunity for the Aussies to shine.
The final two Star Selections will be selected in Singapore to form Deco’s Star Selection and all six players will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play against Team Deco, comprising Deco and his ex-Portuguese national teammates (Paulo Ferreira, Nuno Gomes, Maniche, Vitor Baia) at the Grand Finals in Singapore.