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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dae Han Min Guk!

World Cup season is in full swing and last night was a regional qualifying game between North and South Korea. Talk about rivals!

Last night, thousands of Koreans and waegooks braved the freezing cold at Seoul World Cup Stadium to watch the battling peninsula sort out its differences on the soccer field. The result? A mostly boring game culminating with a solitary goal by South Korea with three minutes left in the second half.

What was more interesting than the game itself was people-watching. Koreans go all out dressing for games, wearing crazy red wigs, donning as much Korea paraphernalia as physically possible and sporting glowing red devil horns. It's a sight to see.

I wonder what the North Korean players must think coming here. Certainly Seoul is a much different city than Pyongyang -- do they get to see much of the city, or just turn around and go home? -- and there is still so much tension between the two countries. Surprisingly, there wasn't much open animosity from the fans toward the North. I expected more open anger directed toward our northern neighbor.

I guess people realize that in sports, you should put away your political differences and just play the game.

Seoul World Cup Stadium


The only goal of the game -- blurry because, obviously, it happened so fast.


South Korea in red; North Korea in white

Old Korean holding a flag for unification -- he ended his interview by shouting, "Fighting!" and doing the requisite fist pump.



Korean game food -- mmm kimbap.






Adorable red devil.

Beautiful, freezing cold night

2 comments:

  1. Hmmmm I think soccer could solve all the world's problems LOL!

    Glad you had fun at the game!

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  2. nothing like some hearty game day....sushi?

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