Due to the success in 2011, the Tiger Street Football is back for the second year!
This time the tournament brings a total of 32 street football teams including media teams selected through the preliminaries matches to battle it out at the Tiger Street Football National Finals, where only one team will represent Malaysia at the Grand Finals in Vietnam (September) to vie for the coveted grand prize of USD30,000 (RM90,000)!
The teams will battle it out on 25th August 2012 starts from 11am til late at The Curve, right in front of e@Curve main entrance or where Laundry Bar is.
On the second day of the National Finals (26th August), the teams from Malaysia will be playing against specially invited teams from Holland, France, Australia and Thailand.
That’s not all. This exciting street football action will also be broadcasted LIVE on ESPN STAR Sports.
The teams would be playing in this cage and I bet there will be some exciting matches with so many great teams playing.
Not only specially invited teams from overseas will be making an appearance in this tournament, I also got to meet one of the greatest footballers in the 90′s!
On Friday, 24th August 2012, retired Dutch footballer Edgar Davids came down to The Curve for a meet-and-greet and autograph session to build up the hype toward the Tiger Street Football tournament on the next day.
The hardcore fans and lucky passers-by all queued up to waiting for the arrival of the ‘Pitbull” for the autograph session.
Took a photo with Edgar ‘Pitbull’ Davids the Dutchman. He started off his career with Ajax Amsterdam and helped the club to domestic titles, as well as continental success with the 1992 UEFA Cup and 1995 UEFA Champions’ League title.
He went on to play with AC Milan in 1996/97, then moved to Juventus in 1997 and helped The Old Lady to win the Serie A titles in 1998, 2002, and 2003.
Davids joined Barcelona on-loan in January 2004 and started the 2004/05 season with Inter Milan on a three-year contract. He then moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2005 on a free transfer and played til the end of season 2006/07.
He signed with Ajax again in 2007 and played a season there until May 2008.
Finally he joined Crystal Palace on a pay-as-you-play basis in August 2010 and retired in November 2010.
He’s also an inspirational player in the Dutch international where he was named in the “Team of the Tournament” in World Cup 1998 and UEFA Euro 2000. He capped 74 times and scored 6 goals with the Netherlands.
No doubt, he’s one of the finest midfielders of 90′s alongside a great Dutch football team line-up.
When asked why Davids wears eyeglasses (it’s actually protective glasses) during games, a lot of people, non-football fans and football fans included, would answer “because of trend/fashion”.
Well there’s no such thing as trend/fashion in that sense in world of football. Footballers had ‘accessories’ on their body are due to health or body problem.
In 1999, Davids began wearing protective glasses, following surgery in his right eye caused by glaucoma, received in 1995 following eye injuries.
You don’t say Petr Cech wears a helmet because it’s fun, nor Tsuneyasu Miyamoto wears a nose protection mask because he wanted to be Batman.
All of us happy men and gal for getting a polaroid photo with Edgar Davids and of course his autograph.
For more photos, check out my Facebook Album HERE.