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Deco appearance headlines Tiger Street Football event

Former Chelsea player Deco will be making an appearance at this weekend’s Tiger Street Football competition at Wat Botum park
Former Chelsea player Deco will be making an appearance at this weekend’s Tiger Street Football competition at Wat Botum park. AFP

Deco appearance headlines Tiger Street Football event

The Tiger Street Football tour returns to Cambodia this weekend with two days of intense action to be showcased at the specially constructed pitch at Wat Botum park.

Former Portugal international Deco is the celebrity face this time out, endorsing Tiger beer’s campaign to “Uncage Football” through rule changes that help bring more creativity to the game.

The 36-year-old attacking midfielder, who played for Chelsea and Barcelona during his illustrious club career, has accepted one Facebook user’s suggestion for teams to switch from five-a-side to three-a-side in the second period if the scores are tied at half time.

Other suggestions accepted by Deco include giving straight reds for diving (Dashkha Huu from Mongolia) and goals from goalkeepers count triple (Ah Fai from Singapore).

Workers stick advertising sticker on the boards around the pitch ahead of today’s start to the Tiger Street Football competition at Wat Botum park
Workers stick advertising sticker on the boards around the pitch ahead of today’s start to the Tiger Street Football competition at Wat Botum park. Sreng Meng Srun

Representing Cambodia in Wat Botum battles will be last year’s domestic champions Green Empire and renowned futsal side Daniel FC. They are slated to face off against teams from Mongolia, Serbia, Vietnam and Australia in Saturday’s international round.

Fans will also be given the chance to win a trip to Barcelona to watch a football game.

Winners and runners-up from Saturday’s round will qualify for another Tiger Street Football competition in Singapore, with a place in a future tournament in the US at stake there.

According to Tiger, the schedule for both today and Saturday runs from 2pm-9pm, with games to be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Hang Meas HDTV.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CHENG SERYRITH

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