World Cup: Football first, sleep later?

With the World Cup 2014 matches starting at midnight or later in Singapore, there will be many bleary-eyed football fans over the next month.

So how are they planning to catch the action on TV without becoming too sleep-deprived?

Indian national Saurabh Bhattacharya, 30, said: "If there's an important match, maybe I'll try taking one or two days' leave."

The senior consultant at recruitment firm McGregor Boyall, who has been in Singapore for three years, is thinking of inviting his friends to his home to watch the matches involving Germany and England.

He supports Germany, but will indulge his office friends who support England.

His boss and friend, Briton Jonathan Neale, 33, who has been here for 1½ years, is also thinking of applying for leave.

The director of technology said: "It depends on my mood on the day and how well England is doing."

Mr Neale said he would watch matches at a pub near their office.

In the 2010 World Cup, he watched the games in a pub in Australia while Mr Bhattacharya did so at a pub in India.

On the other hand, Raffles Institution student Vignes Muthu Kumaran will be missing most of the matches.

The 17-year-old said: "My parents are not going to let me watch because I have to study for the A-level exams later in the year."

But for some of his friends, it's football first and exams later.

He said: "During the June holidays, they can stay up. Even when school reopens at the end of the month, my friends will continue watching the later matches and go to school half-asleep."

It depends on my mood on the day, and how well England is doing.

- Briton Jonathan Neale on whether he will apply for leave to watch the World Cup matches 

This article was first published on June 12, 2014.
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