The 2018 FIFA World Cup has arrived and with football fever sweeping across the nation, the quadrennial event is set to keep fans glued to screens as teams kick-off from the opening game at 11pm Malaysian time between the host Russia and Saudi Arabia.
This year’s spectacle takes place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July and will see 32 teams vie for the coveted golden World Cup in 12 venues around the country.
Large Screen Action
Whether you’re a football nut or not, when it’s World Cup season, it’s hard not to get sucked into the action. The excitement that comes when watching a game live with others is undeniable, and here in the capital, Dataran Merdeka is just the place to feel that energy. A total of 27 matches will be aired live on a colossal screen erected here and another 14 on a delayed basis.
The carnival-like atmosphere at the historical square drew huge crowds for the past World Cup screenings, with fans also letting loose at a futsal tournament and FIFA PlayStation championship. Expect this plus much more at this year’s open-air fiesta!
Meanwhile, Resorts World Genting are showing live screenings in the Genting International Showroom and the Arena of Stars, the latter with an-all out viewing party of the final. Look out for football legends Robbie Fowler and Paul Scholes, both of who will be meeting fans there this month.
Feel The Atmosphere
Will defending champions Germany be able to hold on to the trophy? If past World Cups are anything to go by, nail-biting gameplay and dramatic upsets mean that even an underdog can take down a favourite!
(UPDATE: Germany is out of the running after a dramatic upset by South Korea in their final group match on 27 June. The road is now open for new World Cup champions!)
Click here to find out the full schedule and match fixtures will be shown live here in Malaysia, however, the good news is that the final will take place at a 11pm Malaysian time. If you’re watching from home, tune into national television channels TV1 or TV2 where you’ll be able to watch the games for free!
If you wish join the rest of the hardcore football fans, consider making your way to some of the best sports bars around. Click here to see where else in Kuala Lumpur you can cheer for your team this month.