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World Cup fever hits Singapore

Establishments in Singapore screening World Cup matches are getting ready for the big kick-off.

SINGAPORE: Establishments in Singapore screening World Cup matches are getting ready for the big kick-off.

The tournament begins at 4am Singapore time with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia.

Holland Village Food Court, one of the few coffee shops in Singapore to screen the matches, has prepared extra seats and tables. The coffee shop can seat more than 100 patrons.

Over at the Post Bar at Fullerton Hotel, workers laid the finishing touches on their World Cup decorations.

It is offering special food and beverage promotions, including snacks that are themed after nations taking part in the tournament.

Meanwhile, staff at Tampines West Community Club were also busy preparing to receive guests.

It is one of 40 community clubs islandwide which will screen the opening match.

Preparations began from 6pm on Thursday, and it involved bringing in stacks of chairs to the multi-purpose hall. The hall can accommodate up to 500 people, but the community club expects a smaller turnout for the opening game, as it's also being shown live on free-to-air television.

Fans can expect plenty of fanfare during the screenings, with lucky draws and football-themed quizzes.

Dick Hui, chairman of Tampines West Community Sports Club, said: "A football match is best enjoyed with friends and in the midst of a crowd, rather than watching it alone so you can see we try to create an electric atmosphere. We hope the fans can also come decked in the colours of the team they are supporting."

Over in Brazil, the build-up to the World Cup has reached fever pitch.

A Singaporean who travelled to the city of Salvador tells us what it's like on the ground.

"All the streets are decorated, even the roads are decorated with flags of all the nations participating in the World Cup. Everybody is chanting. They are selling the Brazilian versions of vuvuzelas, there are jerseys everywhere. The whole atmosphere is just 100 per cent World Cup," described media professional Durai Ramanathan.

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