Malaysia's football pundits' young sons getting a kick out of football, too

Malaysia's football pundits' young sons getting a kick out of football, too
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands (front) celebrates his goal against Spain with coach Louis van Gaal during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - Born into a football-crazy family, cousins Kino Roslan Yusuf, 10, and Ciaran Wong En Yusuf, eight, have no choice but to follow in the "footie"-steps of their fathers - football pundits Ross and Zack Yusuf respectively.

"It is in our children's DNA; both Ross and I are crazy about football and at home the youngsters are surrounded by football," said Zack, 44, who is a host of The Star's long-running football webcast show Football Everyday.

Although they regularly play football and watch matches together, Brazil 2014 is special for the duo and their sons as it is the "first" World Cup tournament for both Kino and Ciaran.

And Fathers Day today cannot be more special for the England fans, who are celebrating the day by watching the England vs Italy clash this morning.

"We grew up in England, and were immersed in the football culture when we were young. However, I got really hooked with my first World Cup, which was in 1978 in Argentina.

"I remember the Holland team playing very well, but lost to Argentina in the final," said Ross, 48, a radio host on football.

He hoped that this World Cup would be as memorable for Kino.

With school reopening next week, however, they would only be watching recorded games.

"Since I have to re-watch most games for analysis, we'd probably watch them together," said Ross.

So who do they think will win the World Cup this year?

"England!" said Kino, who plays football with Ciaran at the Goal Academy here.

His dad Ross took a more pragamatic stand: "I want England to win, but I'm realistic. I think Germany will beat Argentina 2-1."

For Zack, Holland and Belgium are his teams of choice.

"If you had asked me before the tournament started, I would have said Brazil," said Zack.

"However, after seeing Holland thrash Spain, I think the Dutch can go far. And I have a soft spot for Belgium."

The Star's Football Every Day: World Cup 2014 edition webcast can be viewed at

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