5 Reasons Why The Toyota Mekong Club Championship Is The Event To End The Year With
Football stadiums in the Mekong region may not be home to the superstars from top football nations. Yet, football in this particular part of the world is still something worth shouting about.
Domestic leagues here have been entertaining fans with their own brand of football, week in week out. Each country boasts their own footballing legends who are adored by their own countrymen.
If there is anything that the football scene needs, it is a uniting force to challenge these individual teams to greater heights.
The Toyota Mekong Club Championship is a yearly football tournament involving some of the best teams from the respective leagues in the Mekong countries. It was established by Toyota in 2014 with the aim of enriching the lives of the community through the common love of football.
For the past three years, the competition has brought a spectacular show of football to every fan here. And we are anticipating another mighty display of action on the field this year!
Here are five good reasons why you should end the year off with the Toyota Mekong Club Championship:
1. It binds each country together, for a common cause
The tournament pits the best team from each country’s domestic league or cup against each other in a knockout competition. Four countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam will be participating this year.
With each match practically being a duel between two rival countries, the competition invokes a sense of national pride in each countrymen to root for the team representing their country. Whether friends or family members, the tournament helps to bring them together to back a common team.
2. The tournament that shines the spotlight on the talented players
It is not often that football fans here get to see big name players from the region battle it out against each other on the field. The Toyota Mekong Club Championship tournament is a chance for football fans to catch some of these skillful footballers in the thick of the action.
For the players, the tournament is a perfect stage for them to display what they are capable of in front of a hungry crowd and win more fans. It is also a great opportunity for footballers to showcase themselves to eagle-eyed scouts and team managers looking to sign the next potential football star!
3. Opportunity for football fans to immerse in their neighbouring countries’ culture
It may be a football competition, but the tournament is beyond a battle between two rival teams on the pitch. Away fans can take the opportunity to travel the country and soak in the local culture, outside the 90 minutes.
From famous heritage monuments to see, and unique flavours to explore, every participating country is a treasure cove of experiences for its visitors. It is a wonderful way to destress after sitting through an intense matchup between their beloved club and the home team!
4. A month of heart-stopping football action!
The past three Toyota Mekong Club Championship seasons have been nothing short of thrilling end-to-end action every time the teams took on each other on the field. Taking place during the off season of the domestic competition, the tournament is a welcomed ‘thirst quencher’ for the fans hungry for more football action. We expect this year’s competition to not be any different.
From silky dribblers to tenacious defenders, the tournament is bound to be packed with lightning paced action, skillful dribbling, crunching tackles, and spectacular goals from all four teams vying for the winner’s trophy!
5. The surprise package – there is bound to be one
Everybody will have their own favourites to win the championship title, even before the first game kicks off. Football however can be unpredictable, and anything is possible within those crucial 90 minutes on the field.
For the past two years, a club from Thailand has lifted the cup in victory. Will there be a new champion to surprise us in this year’s tournament?
It is this element of surprise that will keep us on the edge of our seat as we watch four powerful teams entertain us with their speed, strength, and skills.
With the announcement of the tournament’s fourth season to be held from 9 December 2017 to 6 January 2018, there is much to look forward to!