Screening venues plan goodbyes

PETALING JAYA - Venues that have been screening the 2014 World Cup matches are planning grand goodbyes to the tournament.

There is expected to be a fun "face off" between fans of Argentina and Germany at the popular Souled Out cafe in Sri Hartamas which will be immersed in a carnival-like atmosphere for the final match.

"We will provide lots of entertertainment for the crowd, such as a DJ sponsored by Red Bull and our own fire-eaters," said the outlet's marketing manager, Fanny Foo.

She said the anticipated crowd of more than 1,000 would have the satisfaction of watching the match on a giant screen, adding that one of the outlet's regulars would come with about 100 German supporters.

The Argentina side is expected to be led by the country's Ambassador to Malaysia Maria Isabel Rendon.

"At the beginning of the tournament we were looking a bit shaky but all the players and not just striker Lionel Messi really did their part to bring us this far.

"We are quite nervous but also very thrilled. I hope that we can rise to the occasion and win this World Cup," she said.

A German Embassy official said there were no plans to organise any screening of the final but added that many German expatriates would join their Argentinean friends in watching the game together.

The owner of Original Kayu Nasi Kandar chain of restaurants Burhan Mohamad said football fans could expect a "stadium-like" atmosphere in all of group's outlets for the final match, with the match to be shown on big-screen TVs.

The end of the World Cup means both sadness and relief for most fans. For many it will be the time to catch up on much needed sleep.

Gwee Chee Seng, 48, said he was sad to see the tournament end but glad to return to his regular sleeping hours.

Ainuddin Hamid, 55, said he was looking forward to the English Premier League matches now that the World Cup had come to an end.