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Players from ADC Florianopolis of Brazil celebrate after winning the inaugural Tiger Street Football Regional Tournament in Singapore. (Photo: APB)

The Tiger Street Football event, held at Ngee Ann City, along Orchard Road, saw two local and four invited international teams go head to head in the Regional Tournament, with a cash prize purse of USD5,000 up for grabs. ADC Florianopolis from Brazil lived up to their billing as favourites to win the tournament by defeating a spirited Thai Son Bac Futsal Club from Vietnam with a tight scoreline of 5-4.

As finalists of yesterday’s local competition, both On The Run and La Plata Jr B received the opportunity to compete against both ADC Florianopolis and Thai Son Back Futsal Club as well as Manchester Futsal Club from England and G H BANK.RBAC Futsal Team from Thailand.

After the round robin stage, local team On The Run, backed by a vocal crowd put on a strong fight against ADC Florianopolis in the semi-finals and almost won the knock-out tie with two minutes to go and the scores leveled at 3-3. However, a late penalty converted by the Brazilian outfit was enough to see them through to the finals where they met Thai Son Bac Futsal Club, who themselves left it late to defeat G H BANK RBAC Futsal Team with an identical 4-3 scoreline.

Said Denison Cabral, captain of ADC Florianopolis on his team’s achievement as winners of the tournament, “We are thrilled to have won the first ever Tiger Street Football Regional Tournament in Singapore. We would like to thank the title sponsor of the tournament, Tiger Beer, all other sponsors as well as the event organisers, ESPN STAR Sports. We faced strong opposition today and the oval, caged pitch created a new competitive experience for us. Tactically, we had to adapt to the conditions whilst maintaining our usual playing style and we are delighted to have finished as champions!”

The 37-year-old also heaped praise on local team On The Run, who almost pulled off an upset in the semi-finals. “We knew On The Run are a great side from the way they won the local competition yesterday and we expected a tough match. There was mutual respect between both teams and I think the match reflects that there is excellent local football talent in Singapore. They brought the best out of us and hopefully more football players here recognise the potential they have through tournaments such as Tiger Street Football in the future.”

As champions of the tournament, ADC Florianopolis walked away with a cash prize of USD3,000 whilst runners-up Thai Son Bac Futsal Club earned themselves USD1,500.

Yesterday’s local competition featured 32 local teams battle it out for cash prizes, a supply of Tiger Beer as well as the chance to represent Singapore in the Tiger Street Football Grand Finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 10 to 11 September. On The Run emerged victorious after defeating La Plata Jr B in the final with a 6-1 scoreline.

Following the Tiger Street Football event in Singapore, it will move regionally to Bangkok, Thailand (May); Guangzhou, China (July) and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (August) before the Grand Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the Grand Finals, the top team from each local leg will have the chance to fight it out to be the Tiger Street Football Champion and win the coveted top prize of USD30,000.