The 2014 World Cup fever has swept across the UNISEL campuses with students and staff all keenly following the live broadcast of matches on TV.

Students here are making sure they don’t miss out on any action by watching each of their favourite teams play in every match.

As with previous FIFA World Cups, the match fixtures in Brazil see 32 teams playing in eight groups. All the matches are played from 12 midnight (Malaysian time) up until 9am throughout the tournament.

This means staying up till the early hours of the morning for many football fans here- including UNISEL’s very own ardent supporters of Brazilian star, Neymar and Lionel Messi of Argentina.

Muhammad FaizMujaini, 20, who is a loyal fan of the Dutch national team, says that this year’s World Cup in Brazil is the most interesting for him so far. 

He adds that it is because many of the young, up and coming players are expected to deliver a great performance, including his favourite Dutch player, Wesley Sneijder.

But because of the time difference, Faiz has to be selective of the matches he watches. He is determined not to lose focus on his studies and morning classes from staying up late to watch the live matches.

“So far, I haven’t had any problems going to class in the mornings. I don’t skip classes just because I’ve been up all night watching the World Cup. My studies are too important to sacrifice for football.

“Plus, there’s always a repeat broadcast. So it wouldn’t be a problem to watch the ones I missed live,” he explains.

Similarly, KhairulHilmiMohamadTabaran, 20, who is a Diploma student in Accountancy, says that following the World Cup matches does not disturb his concentration in class at all.

KhairulHilmidoes this by sleeping earlier in the night if he plans to stay up to watch the late matches. He plans most of his late night viewing around the German team play schedule, which he is a fan of.

“It’s really exciting that the World Cup has started and coincidentally my favourite team only plays between 12 midnight and 3am. So it’s not much of a problem to watch them play.

“That is why I go to sleep earlier in the night in order to stay up later,” he adds.

MohdKamarulShafiqYusof, 24, says he only watches the matches he feels are interesting to watch.

He has only watched three matches so far, one of which includes the Holland vs. Spain match that saw the Dutch team trash the 2010 Champions, Spain 5-1.

“Following the World Cup is not a problem for me as I only choose the exciting games to watch. And there’s always the repeat broadcast later on in the day,” he adds.


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