manchester united vs malaysia

July 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm (sports)

i have been crossing off days for this event!
ok, so i’m not really a hardcore football fan. i will not slash you with a broken beer bottle if you talk shit about my favourite team. i actually don’t even have a favourite team. my criteria for favourite team used to be the one with the hottest guys, but meeh, i’m over that phase of my life. especially once i realised the team with the hot guys kinda sucked.

we got there at 3 p.m. (kick off time was at 5.30) and basically had to shove/squeeze our way through. the crowd was insane. and loud.

have i mentioned how boring waiting is? because it is. waiting is boring.

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i took pictures of everything around me to kill time. there was this one fail sign that read ‘CHRISTIANO RONALDO WHO?’ there is no ‘h’ in cristiano, friend.

and then the band came on!

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they were from some maktab, or st. john’s school – something like that. i heard both mentioned and a band played at half time too, so maybe there were two bands.

the teams came out to do warm ups after, and the crowd was very appreciative.

the atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying. everyone was pumped up,lots of joking and laughter. lots of booing too, mainly aimed at the select few who inexplainably showed up in barcelona, arsenal and liverpool jerseys. either they had nothing else to wear (which is stupid, because anything else would have been better)  or they wanted to cause controversy and gain attention.
in that case, well played.

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i shall summarize the game because describing it in detail will bore me, and subsequantly, bore you too.
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rooney scored the opening goal, with nani adding a second a little bit later. nani proceeded to celebrate with his trademark somersault.
to everyone’s surprise, and delight too i’d like to think, malaysia’s no.17 scored just before half time ended.
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and he scored again in the second half. i’m so sorry i don’t know your name no.17, especially since you were pretty much malaysia’s hero today.
owen came on as a substitute and scored a third goal for manchester bringing the end score to 3-2. and then i went home, all sweaty and grimy, but completely entertained.

honestly, i think manchester, like chin hong said, underestimated malaysia a lot. both teams came in knowing who was the better team. manchester responded by letting their guard down, and malaysia responded by fighting tooth and nail.
i think it helped that our goalkeeper, farizal, was amazing. at least, i think he was. he saved some really good goals.
i was so proud of malaysia. so, so proud.

i also loved how though 3/4 of the crowd showed up sporting manchester jerseys, everyone went crazy when they saw that malaysia was putting up a decent fight.
appreciate the home team, yo.

as usual, there were the expected group of idiots to bear. i call them the ‘wahlao! boys’ and they were seated right in front of us.
god, they were annoying.
for one thing, they were completely pro man u, which is fine. i mean, don’t support your home team, whatever. no one likes you anyways. but you don’t have to criticise their every moves. also, i love how they termed malaysia’s good playing as ‘luck’. yes, of course. that must be it. we can’t possibly have actualy talent now, can we?
also, their favourite phrase was – can you guess it – WAHLAO. omg. they said it so often, often one sentence would be made up of three wahlaos. i sort of wanted to kick one of the guys, and say, ‘wahlao! shut up la.’
i didn’t though. self-restraint, i epitomise.
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OWENNNNNNNNNNNNNN. i like. i like very much.

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blurry picture of everyone making nice when the match ended.

so tired now. must sleep. charity boot sale tomorrow!

 

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2 Comments

  1. bobbygee said,

    I thought Man U cancelled this event. I read on it ESPN? Bobby Gee
    http://bobbygee.wordpress.com/

    • insomniahenceinsanity said,

      you’re thinking indonesia. yeah, they cancelled it there for safety purposes. the game in malaysia was on as planned though. in fact, they’re having a rematch tomorrow.

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