Fans change sides as favourite teams get the boot

Fans change sides as favourite teams get the boot
Germany's Miroslav Klose (L) taps the ball into the net to score against Ghana during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The tides are moving but many Malaysians are "staying in the moment" by changing the teams they support to give themselves something to cheer for in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

As fan favourites such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and England were eliminated in the group stages, many have gone on to champion the likes of Germany, Netherlands and Brazil.

Loghun Kumaran, 25, was supporting England as many players from Manchester United were in the England squad, before rooting for the Dutch.

"Players like David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers were playing for Manchester United, so naturally I veered to England," he said.

"I like Netherlands, their football is blinding in attack - really fast and really exciting, like Manchester United teams of old - with fast forward play and a bunch of young players," he said, admitting that the Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal axis was also a factor.

Samuel Lee, 20, a Spain and England enthusiast said "because of Rooney, I support England and for Spain, because they have good teamwork".

"As for now, I'm supporting Holland as the coach is Louis van Gaal, who is also the Manchester United manager."

Yuh Ming Ym, 24, had hoped to see Spain lift the trophy again because he loves their style of play.

"Their passing tactics have impressed me since the last World Cup and the beauty of their playing style on the field can penetrate any formation, " he said.

As Spain has left, Yuh will be cheering Germany on to go all the way because of their attacking game.

"They are not satisfied with one goal; they score as many as possible," he said, referring to the match between Germany and Saudi Arabia where they won 8-0 in South Korea in 2002.

Megat Sharafudin Hadi, 24, who is half-Portuguese and half-Malay, was behind Portugal until they were sent packing.

"I support them simply because I am Portuguese and the team has high potential but lacked confidence and organisation when they played," he said.

"They were also over-dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo."

He now hoped that the home nation, Brazil, would win the World Cup because "Brazil and Portugal are like brothers and sisters. Brazilians also speak Portuguese and there is a Portuguese colony in Brazil."

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