Deco: Tiger Street Football fantastic for Asia
The fourth edition of the regional football tournament was kicked off in style by Asia Pacific Breweries’ Head of Marketing, Mr Rene de Monchy, Anderson Luis de Souza (better known as Deco) and the former Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder’s famous Portuguese friends, striker Nuno Gomes, defender Paulo Ferreira, midfielder Maniche and goalkeeper Vitor Baia at a press conference on Friday morning, at the Singapore Sports Hub's Riverside Walk.
The latest edition of Tiger Street Football promised to uncage football from its traditional shackles and breathe new life into the game and it delivered, as matches in Cambodia and Mongolia were played at a frenetic and mesmerising pace, keeping the players as well as the spectators on their feet.
Speaking at the press conference, Deco revealed his happiness to be the ambassador.
“The experience of Tiger Street Football is fantastic for Asia, for fans and for the players and also for me because street football reminds me of why I love football, playing with friends on a small pitch, inventing different skills to win,” he said.
The pitch has also been made bigger allowing the matches to be truly uncaged, encouraging expansive play from the teams.
In Singapore, Deco and his friends will be teaming up to play an exhibition match against players selected specially by Deco.
It was also announced that Singaporean Eric Yap will be the lucky fan who will be enjoying a once in a lifetime experience, playing as the sixth man on Team Deco.
When asked on his advice for Yap, Deco responded, “He needs to help us, because we can’t run much anymore!”
With a prize of USD40,000 up for grabs for the ultimate winner, there will surely be plenty of anticipation ahead of the final showdown, on Saturday at the Tiger Street Football Grand Final.