PUTRAJAYA, June 12 — Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today said he will be supporting Brazil in the 2018 World Cup.
He also revealed that he is a supporter of English football club Liverpool and a long-time fan of Brazil for the tournament that is held once every four years.
"As I said, Liverpool and at the World Cup level — it's Brazil.
"I've always been a fan of Brazil. I think it's actually a lot of fun watching them play.
"But I think it's been a following for me from a young age," he told reporters when asked about his favourite team at the ministry's Putrajaya office today.
Gobind acknowledged that Brazil was “quite shattered” in the last round, but also noted the team this time is “completely new”.
In the last edition of the World Cup in 2014, hosts Brazil was defeated 1-7 by eventual champion Germany in the semi-finals and took the fourth place.
“I think following the last World Cup, we all have to expect the unexpected in football. So I think the first few games will tell us how far everybody is going to go.
“But of course now there's some new talent, so let's see what happens. The ball is round, anything can happen,” he said.
"But I wish everybody success; good luck to all teams and to every Malaysian whomsoever they support. Let us all sit back and enjoy the games," he added.
The World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, where 32 countries will vie for the trophy.
National broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) has allocated 400 hours to broadcast 41 out of the 64 matches through channels TV1 and TV2, with 28 games to be shown live and another 13, on a delayed transmission.