And let's throw in the referees.
So, later tonight football fans over here will be headed to catch the match between Chelsea and Malaysia at Stadium Shah Alam. I personally know at least 2 people who will be joining thousands (maybe) of fans at the stadium to cheer for their favourite team and to see up close the faces that so often grace our television sets on Saturday nights.
Football to Malaysians is like salt to soup. It's essential. Ask anyone you know, and they will definitely have a favourite team, either from The English Premier League, or La Liga Espanyol (where the players are sometimes a tad bit too good looking for anyone's good) or the Italian League and people will sacrifice their sleep (nevermind the consequences) just to keep score of the exciting going ons in EURO, or the World Cup because the live matches are mostly aired late at night due to the time zone differences.
Sadly, we ourselves do not have as many talents in the field out there these days. Most of the players who made it big by making us a force to be reckoned with have already retired. Our local team being clobbered on the field is something we know for sure. Just look at the lineup. On one side, we have one of the top teams in the EPL, and on the other side, we have a team that has its members picked from practically the whole country (because talent is scarce?)!
I wonder what the score is going to be tonight...