Put your football wisdom to good use


Brace yourself! If you are football fan and have sound knowledge about the game then you should head for The Star Face-Off Challenge at Ikano Power Centre at Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya before 1pm tomorrow. 

The challenge will be limited to 80 participants only. 

Scenes like this will be repeated over andover again in the homes of football fansas they gather in front of the TV set tocatch their favourite teams in action.

The event will be held every Saturday at the ground floor of the shopping complex for the duration of the World Cup till July 10. It will require participants to read football books and magazines and also surf the Internet to obtain information about everything to do with soccer and the World Cup. 

The first prize winner will walk home with RM10,000. 

The second-prize winner will receive RM5,000 while the third and fourth placed winners will get RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively. 

A total of 16 teams, comprising 10 participants each will have to answer questions related to soccer and the World Cup. The teams will be divided into two groups. 

Two participants with the highest number of correct answers in each group will move on to the next round. Each leg will have four winners. 

In the grand finals, finalists will be given 25 questions and the winner will be the one with the highest number of correct answers. 

Registration forms will be advertised in the Star Metro every Friday.  

Participants can submit their registration forms at 1pm every Saturday at Ikano Power Centre. The challenge takes place between 3pm to 4pm.  

Youngsters trying out the foosball game at The Star World Cup Fever 2006 boothat Ikano Power Centre

The first leg will be held on June 10. followed by second leg on June 17, third leg (June 24), fourth leg (July 1) and grand finals on July 9.  

Win or lose, participants who join the challenge will not go home empty handed as each will be given a goodie bag worth RM50 and when they show up for the Face Off Challenge, they will get RM50 voucher from IKEA. 

The winner of each leg will also get prizes. 

It is the norm come every World Cup season to see men turning up bleary-eyed for work the next day after staying up late into the night to watch football's defining moments. Such scenes are expected to recur when the battle begins at the 12 venues in Germany this year.  

Subang Jaya Community Youth Football League (SJCYFL) technical head Arikerisnen Veerapan said: “I do not have the privilege to take time off work because I need to run my business. But, I will definitely be watching the interesting matches. match-up.  

“I guess that I'll need to set the alarm and get up to watch the matches before heading to work,” said Subang Jaya Community Youth Football League (SJCYFL) technical head Arikerisnen Veerapan, who works in logistics business. 

Arikerisnen is hoping that his 10 year-old son Govinraj Arikerisnen will pick up a few tricks of the trade from watching the world class players in action. 

Govinraj was the top scorer in the SJCYFL's Under-10 category one-day tournament at the Rubber Research Institute in Sungai Buloh recently with six goals from six matches. 

The month-long World Cup is expected to bring the house down at the home of Abul’as Othman and Nor Hasimah Ismail in USJ5, Subang Jaya. 

At Abul'as Othman and Nor Hasimah Ismail house in USJ5, Subang Jaya, their four children are all set to bring the roof down. 

“I am neutral as I do not support any side. But, our four children are rooting for different teams. My wife (Hasimah) is more passionate about football than  

I am,” said Abul'as. He added that his best experience his most enjoyable watching the World Cup-watching moments were in 1978 and 1982 when he was a student. 

His children – Md Qidran, 21, Nur Izzati, 19, Md Qasim, 17 and Md Qahhar, 13 - are expediting the all football hype fans. 

Even divided in the teams that they are supporting, the four youngsters are looking forward to share the electrifying joy of watching football as a family. 

Qidran supports France while Izzati is dancing the Brazilian “samba” beat. Qasim is all for Argentina while Qahhar fancies the Italians. 

“We have been involved in SJCYFL for the past six years. Our children are passionate about football. Qidran and Izzati, who are Although pursuing their tertiary education, are staying away from home but they'll return home on weekends to capture the World Cup moments with the family. It'll be is a hilarious experience watching them getting up to their different amusing antics,” said Hasimah. 

Members of the Abul’as family are expected to be among those who will take part in the action-packed “Star Face-Off Challenge” that will kick off at Ikano Power Centre tomorrow.  

StarMetro speaks to them and a few other fans to find out whether they are up to the challenge. 

CRISTIANA FAMEA 

Famea ... ‘I am an Italian and Italians are passionate about football’

Age: 35 

Occupation: European Union-Malaysia Co-operation programme manager 

Playing Experience: Social football in school 

Favourite Player: Paolo Maldini (Italy) 

Favourite Team: Italy / Inter Milan. 

Debut World Cup Experience: Spain 1982 

Best World Cup Moment: Spain 1982 (Unexpected Italian victory) 

Worst World Cup Moment: USA 1996 (When Italy lost to Brazil in final. Roberto Baggio muffed the penalty) 

2006 World Champions: Italy 

How demoralised will you be if your team fail to lift up to expectations? 

I will be upset for the evening. But, I'll definitely get over it. The best team will still emerge as the winner.  

How much do you know about football? 

I am an Italian and Italians are passionate about football. Football is in our blood. Every weekend, Italians will be watching football. It is a nice experience when Italy is playing. No one will be working and the streets will be on a standstill. Everyone will be back at home to watch the match and support the national side. Football is part of our culture. 

How do you rate your football wits? 

Better than football skills. I have basic understanding about the game. 

Are you up for The Star Face-Off Challenge? 

Yes. I do not mind giving it a try. 

Power ... rooting for England

GERRY POWER 

Age: 44 

Occupation: TNT Malaysia managing director 

Playing Experience: Scoring hattrick for school in an Under-16 tournament as a central forward. Have not been competitive over the past 10 years.  

Favourite Player: Johnny Haynes (Fulham) 

Favourite Team: Fulham 

Debut World Cup Experience: Mexico 1970 (My father woke me up to watch England play against Brazil) 

Best World Cup Moment: Too young to remember England winning the World Cup 

Worst World Cup Moment: Every World Cup since 1966 (England last won it) 

2006 World Champions: England 

How demoralised will you be if your team fail to lift up to expectations? 

We have the best team to capture the World Cup. If we can make it this time, I reckon we will never make it for a long time to come. Inconsolable... I will be totally devastated.  

How much you know about football? 

Poor. A know a little about it. 

How do you rate your football wits? 

Better than football skills. My knowledge on Fulham and England is definitely better than my playing ability. 

Are you up for The Star Face-Off Challenge? 

Yes. 

MD QIDRAN ABUL'AS 

Md Qidran ... will be back in universityduring challenge

Age: 21 

Occupation: IT student at Kolej Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (Batu Pahat, Johor)  

Playing Experience: Futsal and football. My team is called com.sj. We have entered a few tournaments and came close to winning. We will keep on trying. 

Favourite Player: Thierry Henry (France) 

Favourite Team: France / Arsenal 

Debut World Cup Experience: United States 1994 

Best World Cup Moment: France 1998 (France won it) 

Worst World Cup Moment: Korea / Japan 2002 (France failed miserably) 

2006 World Champions: France 

How demoralised will you be if your team fail to lift up to expectations? 

Once bitten, twice shy. But, France deserve another second chance. I might cheer for another team if they muck it up big time again. 

How much do you know about football? 

I follow the English Premier League and Italian Serie A League. 

How do you rate your football wits? 

Better than football skills. I hang out regularly with my mates watching football at mamak stalls. 

Are you up for The Star Face-Off Challenge? 

I would like to. But, it I will be back at university. 

 

Arikerisnen ... Brazil supporter

ARIKERISNEN VEERAPPAN 

Age: 46 

Occupation: Logistics businessman 

Playing Experience: Former La Salle, Klang boys' Under-18 captain and Klang district representative at school level. 

Favourite Player: Pele (Brazil) 

Favourite Team: Brazil 

Debut World Cup Experience: 1974 Germany 

Best World Cup Moment: 1974 Germany (Germany versus Holland) 

Worst World Cup Moment: 1982 Spain (Italy defeated Brazil) 

2006 World Champions: Brazil 

How demoralised will you be if your team fail to lift up to expectations? 

I will be disappointed. But, I have gone through the worst when Brazil lost to Italy in 1982 in Spain. It is not going to get worst than that. 

How much you know about football? 

Not a lot. I am reasonably well-versed in football. I also serve as the Subang Jaya Youth Community League (SJYCL) technical head. I also have experience coaching the Seri Selangor primary school in USJ4. I follow the English and Spanish leagues. I know the teams and the players. 

How do you rate your football wits? 

Worst than football skills. I guess that I am better in kicking the ball around. 

Are you up for The Star Face-Off Challenge? 

I need to brush up on my knowledge to be able to fancy my chances against others.  

NUR IZZATI ABUL'AS 

Age: 19 

Govinraj ... his dad hopes this 10-yearoldwill pick up a few tricks afterwatching World Cup matches

Occupation: Telecommunications engineering student at Multimedia University (MMU)  

Playing Experience: Social futsal. 

Favourite Player: Ronaldinho 

Favourite Team: Brazil 

Debut World Cup Experience: 1998 France 

Best World Cup Moment: 2002 Korea / Japan 

Worst World Cup Moment: Boring scoreless matches 

2006 World Champions: Brazil. 

How demoralised will you be if your team fail to lift up to expectations? 

I will be a bit sad. But, I do not think that any team is strong enough to deny Brazil from lifting the Cup again. 

How much do you know about football? 

I know a little because my siblings are very into the game. I enjoy the experience having a kick around with the boys at the university car park especially learning to dribble the ball and scoring goals. 

How do you rate your football wits? 

As bad as football skills. I just enjoy watching matches and play with my university mates. 

Are you up for The Star Face-Off Challenge? 

I do not think that I will make the cut. 

 

MD QASIM ABUL'AS 

Age: 17 

Occupation: Form Five student at Maktab Rendah Sains MARA, Kuala Kubu Bharu  

Playing Experience: Left back for school 

Favourite Player: Lionel Messi (Argentina) 

Favourite Team: Argentina / Arsenal 

Debut World Cup Experience: 1998 France 

Best World Cup Moment: 1998 France (See France going all the way) 

Worst World Cup Moment: Nil 

2006 World Champions: Argentina 

How demoralised will you be if your team fail to lift up to expectations? 

I have a strong feeling that they will be letting me down. But, I am just supporting my favourite player, Lionel Messi. I will not be crying for Argentina! 

How much you know about football? 

Although I play the game, I do not know everything about football. I know more about Arsenal. I cannot wait for the next English Premier League to commence. 

How do you rate your football wits? 

Better than football skills. I know quite a bit about Arsenal.  

Are you up for The Star Face-Off Challenge? 

Yes. I think that I can pick up the knowledge from my buddy, Nizamil Hakim. We envy him because he is practically the walking football encyclopaedia.  

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