As we are all more than aware, 2002 heralded the Fifa Football World Cup, Co-hosted by Japan and Korea.
I remember before the world Cup started, a lot of Korean Journalists went to some football crazy countries like Brazil, Argentina and Italy and asked locals in the street, "Where is this year's World Cup being Hosted?" Virtually everybody replied "Japan!" Much to the disappointment of the Korean public who were hoping that the World cup would Showcase south Korea.
Anyway, after the world Cup had finished the Journalists asked the same question to the same football crazy people, from the same football crazy countries. Virtually Everybody replied "Korea!" Why, well Korea did showcase themselves, with amazing spirit, support and sportsmanship.
I will never forget being part of the support. The thousands of people in the streets, in the city squares, filling the stadiums in a sea of red. All yelling Slogans and singing songs like "Pilsung Korea" by Yoon Do Hyun Band. It was contagious, and compelling. One could do nothing but be picked up and swept away with the momentum.
The picture to the left shows a small portion of the 'Red Army' All chating "Dae Han Min Guk, Da Da Da Dum Dum!" So exciting. I am so happy to experience mass celebration at this level. Now I know what the Korean people mean by 'Oori" or 'We'.
This place are The opening ceremony of 2002 Korea Japan World Cup opening ceremony and Semifinal of Korea Japan World Cup. it was completion 12.27. 2001. Sangam 2002 World Cup Stadium is the Top 10 most beautiful stadium of the World.
Start! Asian final games to the 2006 Germany World Cup at the Sangam World Cup Stadium. I had a enjoyed time for this game at the Sangam Stadium with my family.
Group A first round
Korea vs Kuwait 2:0
The Korean Red Devils are a great team to watch. They had a great showing at the 2002 World Cup. I was very excited to see them, but I didn't know how to get tickets for games that are usually sold out! I provided a website that lists match schedules, and to get get tickets, you only have to go to any "HANA BANK" and ask for tickets ("Chook-ku pyo?"). They will then show you the map of the stadium and you can choose where you prefer to sit, and price, etc. Easy!
the opening match and one of the semi-final matches of the 2002 world cup was held in the Seoul World Cup stadium. at the entrance you'll find a gallery of pictures from the matches. tours of the stadium are also available for a fee.
If you're a soccer fan and you missed the 2002 World Cup, I really feel for you - it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! For stories and pics, check out my world cup travelogue in my "Korea" chapter.
I had the chance to see World Cup 2002 Semifinal Germany-Korea. Have a look at my travelogue for some more pictures.
Equipment: You needed a ticket and a red jersey (it's a must!)
This is symbolizes of Red Devils.
Red Devil are Korea National Foodball Team supporters
Chiwu is the legendary person, just called to the God of War