Friday, June 11, 2010

After four years waiting.

Salam, good day. After four hard years! Later this evening local football fans will have the opportunity to watch the FIFA World Cup 2010 live on RTB 2. RTB has signed the sub-licence Media Rights Agreement for FIFA World Cup 2010 with Kristal Astro Sdn Bhd which was held recently.
I'm sure such cooperation between RTB and Kristal Astro would benefit all viewers nationwide mainly for whom does not have their Kristal Astro decorder (including myself).
RTB is to air all the 64 matches on RTB 2 as the main channel and RTB 3 for those who wish to watch in HD (High definition) format. *which is very good*
Beside that, the state's television also provides RTB 1 as an alternative channel to broadcast eight matches. There will be four live telecast matches and four delayed telecast matches. Most of the matches will be held at three different times daily from 7.30pm, 10pm, and 2.30am.
RTB sports production teams (also, including myself) now has shifted to fifth gear to cater the viewers through out the country:)

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Steven Beacom: Captain Marvel and the Fantastic Four
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Just Bobby Moore. He’s the only one to have lifted it. Others, before him and after, tried and failed.

Billy Wright, Johnny Haynes, Mick Mills, Bryan Robson, Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher, Alan Shearer and David Beckham.

Some of the biggest names in English football. All captains of their country at a World Cup and not a medal between them.

Steven Gerrard does not want to be added to that list.

Looking as determined and as focused as I’ve ever seen him on national team duty, he’s saying England are in South Africa to bring the trophy home.
No messing about, a bit like the way he plays.

At his best Stevie G is an all-action hero. For Liverpool over the past decade he’s been Superman, Batman and Spiderman rolled into one. Fighting danger for his beloved Reds and performing miraculous deeds. At times the only thing missing was a cape.

It hasn’t exactly been the same story when he’s been wearing the white of England, but his country desperately needs him to be captain marvel now.

Gerrard seems like a reluctant skipper for England.

He’s certainly not one to guard the honour with his life like, say Beckham did.

That’s maybe not surprising given that he was a distant third choice for Fabio Capello until Rio Ferdinand’s injury added to John Terry’s insulting behaviour and left Gerrard holding the armband.

But in his own often understated way marching out in front of his team-mates tomorrow in England’s first World Cup match against the USA will mean a lot to the boy brought up on the streets and parks of Huyton on Merseyside.

At Liverpool Gerrard has always been one to lead by example. Actions rather that words have inspired.

He will become more vocal in South Africa, but it will still be what he does rather than says which will be more important.

Gerrard has played 80 times for his country, scoring 16 goals, yet it’s difficult to pick out many matches in which he has completely dominated the way he has done on countless occasions for Liverpool.

This is a guy who virtually won Champions League finals and FA Cup finals on his own, but at international level his career hasn’t got close to those dizzy heights.

He’s been good, without being great, with too many managers not knowing where his best position is.

For the start of the tournament Capello should stick him in the centre of midfield, yes with Frank Lampard, and as the tougher tests come in the knockout stages he should play just behind Wayne Rooney in what would be a devastating double act.

For me the two gifted scousers, along with the solidity of Terry, skill of Joe Cole and speed of Aaron Lennon, can take England close to repeating the feats of captain Moore and his 1966 vintage. I’m not sure that Gerrard will play in another World Cup, so this is his time, his moment to prove that he can shine on the biggest stage of all.

He’s just come off the back of a horrid campaign with Liverpool and his future at Anfield remains unclear with Real Madrid ready to pounce.

For once, though, Liverpool has been placed at the back of his mind.

It’s all about England now.

His country will feel thebenefit.
(Steven Beacom: Captain Marvel and the Fantastic Four)
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