"Some of the players from overseas, particularly the French, are just unbelievably amazing," said Zvi Ben David, manager of the reigning champion Street Viper team.

"It's very, very hard to win this tournament but the experience we gained from last year when we won it and went to Malaysia and reached the semis, will be invaluable."

Italian superstar Fabio Cannavaro will be there on Saturday morning to greet the players with Tiger Street Soccer set to take over Sydney on May 4 and 5. It will also be televised.

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This year  twice the number of qualified teams – including teams from Melbourne and Byron Bay/Bangalow - will play at the event held at the Rocks in Sydney.

This year sees a straight knock out with the top four from Saturday to go through to international comp the next day against Germany, Spain, Malaysia and Vietnam.

They will hold the Australian Panna titles on Sunday and each day during the Tiger Street Soccer 2013 in Sydney, they will be running an artist art battle comp and there'll be performers, DJ’s, and dancers.

"You'll see unbelievable skills on this whole weekend. Unbelievable," added David.

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