Couple catches World Cup fever

Couple catches World Cup fever
Noorshida (centre, wearing a red Spain jersey and holding a blue ball) celebrating her World Cupthemed birthday party with friends and family.

KUALA LUMPUR - With the samba rhythm in her blood and the excitement for the 2014 FIFA World Cup reaching fever pitch, Noorshida Ismail is now dancing to the beat.

The mother of five decided to just let the infectious tempo get to her and have her own party to kick off the games.

"I like to have different themes for my birthday parties and with this year being the World Cup year, I thought it would be the most perfect theme for this birthday. I love dancing and my husband loves football. Football is very much a musical game in Brazil - their footwork is always likened to samba.

"So, it's a perfect match - like Brazil and World Cup," she said.

The world's biggest football tournament in Brazil will start in a few days' time and the rising temperature is seeing many around the country staging early kick-offs.

For those flying off to Brazil for the games especially, the samba party has already started, like Noorshida whose footie fan husband B. Thangaraj is heading off to the Latin American nation with seven of his friends for the games.

Noorshida, who is also a fan of the beautiful game, said she would have loved to watch the games there but "we wives decided to give them a break, it's a boys' trip. Maybe we will have our own trip to Brazil next year.

"I'll be following the matches on television here with my children who are also ardent football fans."

And does she want the samba kings to be world champions this year?

"I like Spain and I love Lionel Messi (who is from Argentina) but I really hope that Brazil will win.

"I think Brazil as a country is passionate and authentic and you can see that in their football.

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