Every Soccer Fan's Dream Screening - Everyone's Homeground by Carlsberg

Guess what Mr Postman delivered to my door last week?



A suspicious looking, black recycled bag with the word "Carlsberg" printed across both sides. And before I knew it, the contents magically popped out by themselves...





A bottle beer of which this awesome delivery calls for...




And an invitation to Everyone's Homeground



The good people at Carlsberg had invited me to catch the final day of the Barclays Premier League [that's BPL, or EPL for you oldschool humans] at Everyone's Homeground, as it should be done, on 3 gigantic projector screens!


They ever included a cool clip board that doubled up as an instant set piece guide.





By the way, this is how I line up my team every time I play Football Manager...


But I wonder why I never win any of the games...


So although Manchester United was already out of the running for the championship, being a good sport, I decided to pop by to see who would emerge as this year's champion.


After our Mother's Day dinner, Mint Leong and I headed over to Suntec City Convention Centre. I didn't realise Suntec Convention Centre had changed so much. The entire front wall was converted into a larger than life LCD screen, and the escalators seemed to go on forever. So much so that we even managed to sneak in a couple of selfies on the  way up the never ending escalator.




Almost got lost in the huge convention centre. Thankfully there were signs leading us to where we should be. Here's a piece of advice: If you ever lose your way on the way to a soccer event, follow the people that look like soccer fans!



And we finally made it to Everyone's Homeground. When we arrived, there was already a queue forming up at the entrance.




There was also photo booth with props where fans and fanatics could snap some cool photos. And guess who we bumped into while we were queuing? Our self-proclaimed Best Toilet Reading Material Writer: Mr Smith Leong.








Note to self: Need to convert Mint Leong to a Man United fan...




After getting our VIP wristbands and some heavy-duty goodie bags from the media registration counter, we made our way into the exhibition hall... And was utterly wowed.




No kidding. I've got to hand it to Carlsberg for the awesome setup at Everyone's Homeground. They told us we were going to be made to feel right at home. Well, obviously they have not been to my home. This was more like an all expenses paid trip to the Maldives that came equipped with...


Personal Sofas...




Free flow of Carlsberg, Chips and Nuts...






Served by sexy Beer Ambassadors...

Was too busy enjoying the ambiance that I forgot to take photos with the pretty ladies... Thankfully Mr Smith came to the rescue with this photo.

Photo Credits: Smith Leong


But being the Narcissist that I am, I helped to 'improve' the photo with my awesome photo editing skills...





And 3 giant projector screens screening the 3 main matches of the night...




And if that wasn't enough, they even topped it off with...


Foosball Tables...








Popcorn and hotdog stands...




Playstation 4 Stations where you can challenge your friend to a friendly game of FIFA...









And even a massage area!!








But wait. Did you know that the masseurs and masseuses hired for this event were from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped [SAVH]? Yes, all of them were visually handicapped, but that did not stop them from giving our football fans skillful and enjoyable massages. If you don't believe me, ask Mint Leong, who got a personal massage from the masseuse on the extreme left of the picture above.


Kudos to Carlsberg for supporting the visually handicapped!


After getting perked up by the awesome beer, food, service and games, it was time for the main event of the night. Our hosts for the night warmed up the crowd by asking a few fans of different BPL clubs up on stage to be interviewed.




And guess who was picked when they asked for a Manchester United fan??





And after I came down from the interview, a reporter from The New Paper approached me for another short interview. So this is how famous people feel... Anyway, my comments were featured on the Sports section of this Monday's edition of The New Paper...



I had to keep up the Man Utd swag right?


In fact, there were quite a number of Liverpool fans there that day, and I was almost afraid that i wouldn't be able to walk out of the event after voicing my comments.


After having my fun on stage, it was time to get down to the serious business when the matches started. Everyone's eyes were glued to the 3 giant screens as the players from all 6 clubs walked out out of their dressing rooms and onto the fields.


And for most of the night, most of the attention was on the Liverpool - Newcastle game. Every near goal, ballooned shot, great save and dive potential foul was accompanied with "ooohhhhh"s and "waaaaaaaa"s from the crowd.














And as we all probably knew, Manchester City lifted the League cup at the end of the night, with Liverpool coming in a close second and Chelsea cruising it's bus to 3rd place. I was secretly hoping that Manchester City would draw their game and for Liverpool to win by 13 goals so that we would have the first ever tie for points and goal differences. [Man City would still win based on total goals scored anyway]


But the party didn't end there. A very lucky fan walked away with an all expenses paid VIP Carlsberg experience to the UK to watch a LIVE BPL match! Congratulations to our lucky winner!




I only had 1 question... Why was he wearing a Celtic jersey???


The Muttons from 98.7fm were also here with us. And apart from Vernon having to settle for 2nd place in the league, it was also his birthday. The organisers prepared a simple but sweet surprise birthday celebration for him by getting his wife to surprise him at the end of the event with a birthday cake. Happy birthday Vernon!





I didn't manage to get a photo of him blowing his birthday cake as he was swamped by the camera-flashing wave of reporters, friends and fans.


Anyway, after an unforgettable experience, we headed home with our "very heavy" goodie bags. Quoting Smith Leong: "I think they put a small kid in there."

No kidding. They were really quite heavy...


No wonder it weighed as heavy as a small kid... Look at all the goodies that Carlsberg had prepared for us!




My very own whistle. Now I can finally wake Mint Leong up with ease...



A portable "Football" USB speaker. Music on the go! Yeah!






A cool analog watch with a swappable strap. It even comes with its own mini screwdriver!




And a clip-on sling strap for the bag itself! 

Damn, they should have clipped it on before they gave us the goodie bags. But then again I should thank them for providing me a good arm workout after all the food and booze that night.



Now THAT calls for a Carlsberg! Cheers everyone!



I definitely can't wait to see what Carlsberg will have up their sleeves during the next BPL season finale!