This year will mark yet another edition of the regional football tournament, AFF Suzuki Cup which will begin in October. The tournament will also signify another important occasion for our national football team: the launch of another brand new jersey (not the one shown above) by the team’s current kit manufacturer, Nike.
For this year’s launch though, the company will be taking a slightly different approach to introduce the new Harimau Malaya’s jersey to fans as compared to the iterations.
Garmin Malaysia has announced two new Garmin Fitness products, which is the Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer and the Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS running watch. Focused on the competitive athlete, the Edge 1000 is aimed at cycling enthusiasts while the Forerunner 15 is suited for runners looking to gain a competitive edge.
The Reebok One Challenge returns later this year, to be held in Putrajaya on September 14. One of the year’s toughest races, this year’s challenge will feature again be a test on both your physical ability as well as your mental strength, featuring a mix of long-distance running as well as obstacle courses. It is likely that whatever that you go through physically and mentally come race day isn’t possible to be replicated, but the brave men at Reebok Malaysia have released a video demonstrating a simulation of the race.
Gotze will score
— FIFA Corruption (@FifNdhs) July 13, 2014
Earlier this morning, Germany won the World Cup, beating Argentina via Mario Gotze’s goal scored in the 23rd minute of extra time. Many claimed it was a goal worthy of winning football’s greatest prize, crafted by a young man destined for greatness. For Gotze, this could only have been written in the stars.
Or was it? A Twitter account claims to have mentioned the exact sequence of events that unfolded at the Maracana stadium early this morning, where the account tweeted that Germany would not only win the World Cup, but also have a goal scored in the second half of extra time, and that Gotze would score it – close to a full 12 hours before the match started. Whoaa…
[Update 3 @ July 10, 12:43pm] After drawing ire from the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Bung Moktar has finally apologised for his tweet. Read more for details.
[Update 2 @ July 10, 12:37am] Unsurprisingly, the sheer virality of the news has gained international attention. Read more below.
[Update] The German Ambassador to Malaysia has condemned Bung Moktar’s Hitler reference. More below.
In case you missed the big news from the World Cup in Brazil early this morning, the first semi-final match between Germany and Brazil saw the European giants humbling the host nation 7-1, in one of the most shocking football results in recent times. Naturally, Germany supporters were elated at not only reaching the World Cup final, but also in the manner of reaching it.
Unfortunately, some fans can and do go a little overboard at times like these. It’s mostly harmless when someone like you and I share victorious status updates, but when you’re an MP and you make a reference to a dark side of world history…that’s another story. Case in point: controversial Member of Parliament Bung Moktar.
By now, you would have heard what happened during this morning’s FIFA World Cup Group D’s match between Italy and Uruguay which was essentially a very crucial match for both teams since it was their pathway to the next round of the tournament. Uruguay eventually won the match by a narrow margin of 1 – 0 but the team’s victory appears to have been eclipsed by Luis Suarez’s biting incident.
Obviously, the incident opened a floodgate of reactions from football fans throughout the world especially through social media right after it happened.
For those who have been watching 2014 FIFA World Cup for the past few days, you might be aware from the goal replays that FIFA is utilizing goal line technology (GLT) in this tournament. However, no goals have been decided using the technology right until earlier today during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
Since McDonald’s is the official restaurant of 2014 FIFA World Cup, the football fever is running high over at McDonald’s Malaysia. Apart from having World Cup-themed meals (obviously), the fast food giant is also screening all of 64’s World Cup matches live in HD at its 24-hours outlets throughout the country.
In addition to that, McDonald’s also has its own World Cup-themed app called McDonald’s GOL! which is basically an Qualcomm Vuforia-based augmented reality (AR) app that allows users to interact with the company’s World Cup-themed french fries containers or also known as the fry boxes.
It’s a phenomenon that happens every four years (actually, make that two – the Euro Championships cause this as well): strong adult men who laugh in the face of viruses and are almost never sick, suddenly and mysteriously calling in sick repeatedly for one month. Some call it footballitis; but it looks like the Malaysian Prime Minister has coined a term that will be used very often from today onwards.
In just a few hours’ time, the greatest show on earth will be back once again. Yup, the FIFA World Cup 2014 is finally here and will be conquering the lives of many football fans out there for the next month.
It will all start with the kick-off of the tournament’s first match between the home team Brazil and Croatia at 4:00am Malaysian time, 13 June. Hence, we have come out with a quick guide for the tournament that covers from match schedules to TV channels as well as how to easily spot food joints that actually screen live World Cup matches.
So, jump in!