I’m not a hardcore footie, but when I get the chance, I really don’t mind joining the boys watching football matches on the tele – be it the all-time favorite English Premier League or our very own local tigers in action.
After our few ‘official’ dates as a couple, Izwan suggested we go watch the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 , our Harimau Malaya playing against Vietnam, in the first leg at Shah Alam stadium on 7 Dec 2014. Yay! My very first live football match – as a spectator, that is.
On our way – a car selfie while the traffic started building up.
Lucky for us, we managed to secure a spot in the crowded stadium thanks to our friends who were there much earlier.
The stadium was filled to the brim with Malaysian supporters, chanting for Harimau Malaya – led by the huge cheerleading squad ‘Ultras Malaya’. I think they did a pretty good job with the cheer songs and routines – trumpets blaring, percussions and all.
It would’ve been cooler if they had an Ultras Malaya member hurled up in the air (think ‘Bring It On’ the movie).
One of the formations by Ultras Malaya before the match commenced.
My first live football match experience was awesome. Although it was a bit of a let-down that Vietnam seized this round and beat Malaysia 2-1.
The night ended with a bit of a commotion, no thanks to some irresponsible supporters who thought that they should teach the opposing team a lesson by beating the living daylights out of Vietnam’s supporters.
The act was crude and distasteful. This probably isn’t an abnormal situation in the football scene all around the globe. Nonetheless, I still have a little hope left in me for us to be able to watch football with a bit more of a civilized spirit.