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Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 11:52:37 AM
by jarod lim AND c.y. lee
Footballs fans awaiting to watch the finals in TGV cinemas showing off their painted faces.
DESPITE many having to work the next day, football fans in the Klang Valley donned their Argentina and Germany jerseys and stayed out all night to cheer for their favourite teams vying for the FIFA World Cup 2014 trophy.
Many football fans gathered early at the various venues screening the match, eager to experience the build-up to the finale with fellow football-mad counterparts.
At Dataran Merdeka, football fans thronged the field to watch the nail-biting match.
Petty traders took the opportunity and set up stalls to sell food and drinks by the roadside.
Marketing executive Mohamad Haris Rahman, 30 was at Dataran Merdeka with his friends.
“It was already very crowded here when my friends and I arrived at about 10pm to support Germany.
“We have not missed any of Germany’s matches and are happy that the team lifted the Cup,” he said.
Over at Skypark in Nu Sentral, the retail, leasing and marketing general manager Zetty Juyanty A. Rahim said the area was opened for the first time to the public specially for the World Cup final.
Despite 90 minutes of a goalless game, some remained energetic.
Argentina supporter Tam Huei Sing, 19, waited for five hours to watch her favourite player Sergio Agüero in the match.
IT analyst Sze To Tze Hang, 24, said he had expected a close match between the two juggernauts.
“I have followed this World Cup closely and Argentina played well and conceded very few goals. It is quite disappointing that they lost,” he said.
In Central Park Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, more than 10,000 turned out to view the finals on a 50ft screen set up as part of Trad3mark Integration’s “D’Football Festival.”
Fire jugglers, samba dancers and international as well as local performers entertained the crowd before the match started.
Scores of visitors were also busy guessing the number of footballs for a chance to win a car or trying to beat a machine dubbed RoboKeeper, hailed as the “fastest goalkeeper in the world.”
Steve Ivanyi, a German fan from the Gold Coast, Australia, who scored against RoboKeeper, said he had never experienced a football festival quite like this before.
“It is quite spectacular to see so many Malaysians coming together for the finals,” he noted.
One can perhaps say the ultimate football and World Cup fan was Thibagaran Narainan, 27, who was recovering from cracked ribs and showed up on a crutch to meet with his friends Satheeshwaran Patmanathen and Yuvanesh Saggar.
“I’ve been watching the match at home since this World Cup started, but wanted to come out here tonight because it is a special match.” said Thibagaran, who supports the German team.
During half-time, Kevin Kumaar Tarcius, 27, was declared the winner of the Mini Cooper Countryman when he edged four others in a football juggling contest after all of them correctly guessed the number of footballs contained in and surrounding the car.
Within the TGV cinema halls in 1Utama shopping centre, close to 550 specially invited football fans who were guests of Maybank and selected TGV customers were treated to a special screening of the finals in two cinema halls.
Amirul Syed Shukor, a legal executive, said the football viewing party was quite unique as people usually associated cinemas with movies.
“The sound system in the cinemas created a unique atmosphere that cannot be found elsewhere, plus the cosy chairs and smoke-free environment made for a comfortable viewing experience.”
The German fan, who expected a 3-1 score, said it was one of the most nerve-wrecking games for him.
Over in Souled Out, Sri Hartamas in Kuala Lumpur, legions of supporters of both teams gathered from as early as 10pm for the entertainment as part of the conclusion to the restaurant’s World Cup Soccerfest.
According to a Souled Out staff, there were approximately 1,500 patrons at the finals.
Real estate agent Vincent Ng from Klang and his Singaporean friends who initially made their way to Sri Hartamas for their dinner, got caught up by the performances and decided to stay for the match itself.
The winning goal, scored by Mario Goetze, came in the 113th minute and cheers erupted among fans of the German team across Klang Valley.
As the game ended, many Argentina fans were seen congratulating the winning team’s supporters, very much in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
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Central Region, Family & Community, World Cup Finals, Viewing Party, Dataran Merdeka, Nu Sentral, 1 Utama, TGV, Souled Out
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