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It’s been a while since I last went on an island trip here in Malaysia (the last one was Redang in 2005!),there is a chance that can be changed pretty soon, but I will need your help! I need two guys with good hand-eye coordination skills who can work their desktop rodent in a quick and coordinated manner to be my teammates in the Heineken UEFA Champions League flash games.

For those who think of football as 22 men running around on a field, UEFA Champions League is pretty much the most prestigious club football competition in the world with top clubs from various European leagues participating in it. Past champions include MU, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and even underdogs like Porto. Last year’s final had two English clubs, Chelsea and MU pitted against each other, and I’m hoping for another strong English showing this year too.

Lest I digress, lets get on the program..

Heineken UEFA Champion Leagues
notice that “win 3 tickets” box?

For winning the games, the team of trio will get three tickets to watch the UEFA Champions League final at an “exotic tropical island”. Now I too have no idea which tropical island is the event going to be held, but that is part of the excitement isn’t it? I am pretty sure there should be plenty of proper drinks to go with the event too.

Heineken UEFA Champion Leagues
my beer truck navigation prowess

There are actually not one but three games to be played, and this requires team work with each player responsible for a different game. Team leader plays the Beer Delivery, and nominate 2 teammates to complete the Mexican Wave and Beer Slide games. Shortest combined time to complete all 3 games win! Doesn’t sound too difficult, right?

Heineken UEFA Champion Leagues
now I need you guys to continue 2nd and 3rd!

I’ve tried the first game and did a pretty decent 42-43 seconds. Now I need some teammates to complete the other two games, any takers? I’ll select the first 2 person who leaves their email address on the comment box. We can then coordinate a bit online for the games.

As for now, I’m going to practice a bit more to reduce that score too! Lets do this and get ourselves the prize already! Check out the site!

Haaaaaa! I finally can say that I have watched an English premiership team in live, not very up close and rather impersonal, but it was Chelsea FC vs Malaysia XI live, and I was in the flesh! All thanks to Heineken for sponsoring the tickets via the little contest I ran on this blog(results here).

Chelsea vs Malaysia
Audrey, Ringo, Wenqi, and Yours Truly

Well, we reached the stadium just as the game gets started. The atmosphere outside the stadium itself was already very exciting, with loud cheering sound coming from within the huge structure. We had a bit of a delay (an entire half actually) as some of us had to collect tickets from the super patient yee hou who was running around outside the stadium. It took that long mainly thanks to the total collapse of Maxis’ network under the huge load. SMS took over 15-20 minutes to get through, and I had zero luck trying to put a call through after trying for at least 50 times!

Chelsea vs Malaysia
Michael Yip was wearing an MU jersey hmph!

But the important thing was we got in eventually. The stadium was pretty packed at the section we were in, sea of blue with almost no one wearing a Malaysian jersey. I put on my one and only national football jersey albeit from a different country (but hey, Vietnam is in ASEAN as well, so..)

The game itself was pretty interesting, and we certainly enjoyed ourselves. Our boys did pretty decent (losing 0-2) and fared better than the other two teams that went up against Chelsea in their Asia Tour. The Star did a much better review of the game which I’m not going to repeat.

Chelsea vs Malaysia
Eri, Kenny, Audrey, Cindy, Ringo, Tim, Wenqi, KY, Icq

After the game we proceed to have a post-game gossip at McD in Subang. However, most of the gossips did not revolve around football at all. It was already past midnight when we called it a night.

I think some of you might come to know that I am a football fan, playing futsal every Thursday (while not exactly good at it since I have 2 left legs), and watching the Premiership pretty much every weekend whenever I can help it, or try to catch ESPN’s recaps otherwise.

Hypp.tv from TM
hypp.tv

However, if I am too busy with some interesting activities or work, it is only down to reading about the game online. I mean, soccernet is all good, but nothing beats the real highlight, “Kalou’s onside goal is somehow ruled offside” is never like seeing it in action. Which brings us to the latest TM site, hypp.tv. Our very own local internet TV with streaming video. There are a few channels such as Aniworkz, Local Scene, News, and of course, Sports.

The site is divided into free and paid content, if you sign up for the premier league contents, you will get access to highlights, video summaries and such at the end of the fingertips, anywhere, anytime (well, a day after the game is played). I was given a trial account to test drive the offering, and it is actually very fast and very clear. I have this little meter that tells me how fast the streaming is doing, and there seems to be no hiccups at all. After all, I am using streamyx, and this is a streamyx website, they both work very well together. Same can’t be said about other streaming sites since our international connectivity isn’t very good yet.

Hypp.tv screenshot
this is how it looks like on my PC, nice.

I think this service is actually pretty good for us football fans, especially to those who are not able to glue ourselves in front of the TV all day. I mean, you can even use this site at the office to share the clips with your colleagues when the boss is not around. Basically we can get our daily football fix anywhere, anytime. Be it at Starbucks with your buddy, or even at the cyber cafe in between gaming sessions. Couldn’t be more convenient.

You can check out the rates here. The package is as low as RM 89.90 for the whole year if you’re a streamyx user, that only works out to be 25 cents a day. I mean, what can you get for 25 cents these days? I must agree that this is an excellent value for money, 1 less teh ais a week would pay for this already.

Futsal Anyone?

July 2, 2007 9 Comments

We’re doing it every Thursday night from 10 to 11pm at the Futsal Sports Center at Section 19, PJ. The place is also known as the “pusat perabot” since the front of the facility spots a furniture store instead.

Futsal
when tired, be the goalie

This has been going on for the past few months. We have been consistently having anywhere from 9 to 15 players at a session. It is a futile attempt to pinpoint the number of participants with the commitment (or lack of) from guys these days. So if you are a dude interested in sweating it off, come join us!

On a related note, Nike Football has set up the interesting Jangan Togel site that is dedicated to street football (not exactly futsal, but close enough). The flashy site spots a comic like design, with some wallpaper, music, and videos free for view or download.

Jangan Togel
this screen is better than my picture above. :/

In case you wonder what is “Jangan Togel”, it comes from the Malaysian tradition that the team which conceded the first goal has to play the remainder of the game with their top off. We initially tried to implement this old rule, but somehow there are always some sissies who prefer to not show their tiny nipples.. or something.

Incidentally, this is also one of the websites that utilizes flash in a non-annoying way that is actually interactive and interesting. I can’t wait for the short films to be on, check out the site for yourself.

MyTeam vs Malaysia
Guest pass thanks to Mack

So I went to the Bukit Jalil Stadium the grand match MyTeam vs Malaysia (well, the under 20s) thanks to Mack’s invitation. As many of you would have known by now, the final score was 2-1 with Malaysia edging over Shebby’s bunch of hopefuls.

MyTeam vs Malaysia
MyTeam lads put up a show

Reaching Bukit Jalil at 15 minutes before kickoff was a mistake. We had not anticipated the huge turn up for the game. Took us some half an hour to finally get into the parking lot after having misdirected by the clueless traffic controllers. We got to the stand just right after MyTeam scored the opening goal.

MyTeam vs Malaysia
2 of the 50,000 strong crowds, no prize guessing who they are

After half time, Malaysia leveled with some really poor goal keeping on MyTeam’s part with a less than impressive free kick. 10 minutes later, Malaysia U-20 boys scored on another slightly more impressive free kick to take the lead for good. MyTeam did try to fight back and came close to even the score on 92nd minute but the ball hit the post. The crowd would have gone absolutely wild had the ball went in.

MyTeam vs Malaysia
That’s Pak Lah’s booth

MyTeam, while playing with lots of heart, ultimately lack the few important ingredients that might have help change the outcome. The teamplay and player fitness was poor due to the relative short time since they team was formed, and the lack of big game experience. However, Shebby’s boys did well and deserve some respect.