Malaysians love football. It is a FACT, despite the rank of our national football at a lowly 163. That is just above Indonesia and Singapore but below Palestine, Thailand, Aruba, Curacao, Philippines and Vietnam. 😀 And if you wonder how much we love football, just check out the attendance at National Stadium at Bukit Jalil during the AFF Suzuki Cup. See the above photo. It’s a full house in a 100,000 capacity stadium. Many more are sitting in front of the TVs all over the country cheering for ‘Harimau Malaya’. Imagine if we were playing in the World Cup, our government might declare a public holiday throughout the World Cup weeks (not possible) or subsidise our fare to the host country.:D
10 years ago if you did not watch it at the stadium, then the only way to watch football LIVE is on TV, provided that you have Astro or RTM and TV3 managed to get the broadcasting right of the game. Today, there are many ways to watch football live; you can even watch it on your hand-phone! No wonder, in the some countries like Singapore, their football association is finding it hard to get the fans into the stadium.
Whenever they play against their neighbours like Malaysia for example, they sometimes choose to play it in a smaller stadium, fearing that by playing at the National Stadium, Malaysian fans will outnumber their Singaporean counterpart.
The development in technology and improvement in high speed broadband penetration has contributed to an increased number of fans watching live football via their PC or laptop at the comfort of their home. Live Streaming has become more and more popular each day and many bloggers confess about the increase in page views whenever postings on live streaming have been made. I too have tried watching live football via live streaming a few times just for the sake of the experience. But to dump TV and watch on PC or latop, hmm.. not yet, I think.
Bola At Mamak
Even with Astro at home I still prefer to watch with my friends and other football fans at kedai mamak. The atmosphere is totally different though not as awesome as in the stadium. You can get all kinds of feeling – joy, happiness, sad, irritating and annoyance at one place. Something you can’t get while watching alone in front of your PC or laptop or even TV at home, unless of course you have a big family and all of them love football.
With most kedai mamak operating 24/7 and have Astro installed at their shop, you can bet that Bola at Mamak is the most popular way to watch football in Malaysia. They can be replaced by the method of watching through live streaming but the fun won’t be the same as watching bola at mamak.
– Live Streaming Or Live Bola At Mamak