World Cup party awaits local fans

The Sports Hub will broadcast 30 matches live in the first two weeks of the World Cup, as part of its Festival of Football.
The Sports Hub will broadcast 30 matches live in the first two weeks of the World Cup, as part of its Festival of Football.PHOTO: SPORTS HUB SINGAPORE

Local football fans are busy fine-tuning their calendars with the onset of World Cup frenzy.

Zen Lee, 39, and his son Zed, 15, who support Germany and Spain respectively, plan to watch the live screenings at the Singapore Sports Hub's Festival of Football, a fiesta that began yesterday and will continue until July 30, comprising free events that are open to the public.

"There are lots of activities for us to enjoy while watching the World Cup. We are especially looking forward to the football clinics and band performances," the senior Lee said.

He also intends to participate, along with his childhood football friends, in the Stranger Soccer veteran tournament, which is part of the festival.

"My friends and I play veteran games together often and we are looking to win the tournament this time," he said.

"We were runners-up in the last tournament and we are looking for more this year."

The Sports Hub will broadcast 30 World Cup matches live in the first two weeks of the month-long competition.

These include key matches for the group stages such as Germany v Mexico (June 17) and Argentina v Croatia (June 22).

Former Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, part of Germany's 2014 World Cup winning squad, will also visit the Sports Hub this Sunday (10pm) to meet and greet fans.

 

They will be able to catch Germany v Mexico at the OCBC Square with the 37-year-old, who won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund.

Charles Wong, 23, a physiotherapy student from the Singapore Institute of Technology, is keen to attend the Festival's carnival for fans.

"The activities at the Sports Hub during the World Cup will make it even more attractive for us to be there," he said.

"Portugal v Spain in the group stages is a must-watch for us as it will likely determine the first and second in the group."

Apart from the World Cup screenings, the Sports Hub will also host an Ultimate Football Family contest. The contest will require fans to post pictures of their family and friends at the festival on social media.

They will stand a chance to win two tickets for flights and accommodation to watch one of the International Champions Cup teams play in Europe.

  • Visit sportshub.com.sg/FoF for more information.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'World Cup party awaits local fans'. Print Edition | Subscribe