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Portuguese football legend Deco tries a rabona trick shot during the Tiger Street Football competition in Ulaanbaatar
Portuguese football legend Deco tries a rabona trick shot during the Tiger Street Football competition in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia last weekend. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Daniel FC out to take Tiger trophy in Singapore

Daniel FC are on the brink of a remarkable triumph in the 2014 Tiger Street Football series, as they head into the concluding round in Singapore this weekend.

The Cambodian squad currently tops the standings by a single point over Vietnamese outfit Dat Vinh Tien following their stellar performance in the Mongolian leg held in Ulam Bataar last weekend.

Daniel FC compatriots Anachak Baitong, who were the best team when the previous campaign came to Phnom Penh last year, are also in the hunt, just three points back in third place. Mongolia’s Blue Wolves are fourth, Singaporean team Touch N Go fifth, Latin Lovers from Australia sixth, Singapore’s MNA seventh and MNS of Mongolia at the foot of the table.

An extra bonus for Singapore fans on Sunday will be the appearance of former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco, who will be joined by some of his past Portugal colleagues in taking on a special Tiger team comprised of the best players from the three rounds.

Daniel FC’s Phon Chanudom and Blue Wolves’ Turbat Daginna were selected by Deco in Mongolia to join Phnom Penh picks Dani Kouch of Daniel FC and Khong Dinh Hung of Dat Ving Tien, with two more places up for grabs in Singapore.

Members of the public have also been encouraged to submit new ideas for street football rules – via the official website, www.uncagefootball.com – in an attempt to “bring back the beautiful game”.

A new rule chosen by Deco for the Mongolian tournament was “The ball cannot stay in own half for more than 30 seconds” (by Ah Fai from Singapore). This is added to previous accepted rule changes such as “Straight red card for diving”, “Goals from goalkeepers count triple” and “teams switch from five-a-side to three-a-side in the second period if the scores are tied at half time”.

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