Okay, so it wasn’t a “fight to the death,” but I was invited by Mr. Jang (and his wife and two kids) to go to the Korea vs. Jordan 2010 World Cup Asian qualifying match this past weekend. Wow, that’s a mouthful. It was held at Seoul World Cup Stadium, built in 2002 for the…uh…World Cup, and this place is massive.
Now, I like soccer, although I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about it and I’ve never seen a game live (besides high school). I had no idea what to expect but, like a lot of European countries, Koreans have soccer fever, so I knew it was going to be big.
And I wasn’t disappointed. The energy was great. The place was packed (I guess it was supposed to be a big game). It ended up being a tie, but it was fun, nonetheless. I learned a ton of the Korean chants and songs they sing during the game and everyone was getting into it. Really, really cool experience.
Enjoy the pics and a few vids:Here’s some sort of mid-field, pre-game extravaganza (with Mr. Jang on the phone):
And here’s some stadium-style chanting: