Korea won their first World Cup game!!

On Tuesday (June 13) I went to city hall for the first game Korea played in, for the FIFA World Cup 2006! This year it is being held in Germany. Korea is ahead of Germany 7 hours, so the game was at 10:00pm local time in Korea. I went with my awesome co-workers and we had a blast! There were eight of us from my work that went, including me and two other people who joined us there.
 
We left the school just before 5:00pm (orginally planned on leaving at 4:00pm!) and arrived at city hall just before 6:00pm. I was amazed at how many people were already there! The subway station alone was very crowded and it was difficult to get out of there! We finally managed to get out of the station and pulled ourselves through the crowd and find a spot to watch the game. We arrived four hours before the game started and there were already thousands of people there! The main area of city hall was already packed with excited anticipating people waiting for the game to start.
 
Korea has been waiting for this big day for a long time as everyone remembers how well their national team did in 2002 (they got to 4th place). All over the country people supported their national soccer team. There was over one million people who flooded the streets on Tuesday and where I was at city hall there was 300,000 people (that’s three times the size of my hometown)! Red-clad supporters hit the roads, shouting "Daehan min-guk! (Republic of Korea!)" and waving the Korean national flag. Red is the colour of the Red Devils which is the name of the Korea’s national soccer team. My co-workers and I wore our "Red go together" soccer jersey shirts and tattoos to support the team! I also wore a Korean flag bandanna as well.
 
Before we left for city hall I thought what are we ever going to do for four hours before the game starts?! (The main reason why we had to go early was because we knew there were going to be a lot of people there). Our time before the game started flew by very fast and before we knew it, it was 10pm! We got a free concert from various Korean singers and bands who performed on stage in front of city hall for 4 hours straight! Even though I couldn’t see the singers or bands because I was too far away from the stage or understand what they are singing about it was still a lot of fun and I did get to watch them on the large screen in front of us.
 
Korea played against Togo (an African country) and it was an intense game. The first half of the game the crowd was cheering off and on and the atmosphere wasn’t as loud as I thought it would be because the mood of the crowd was quiet, especially after the Togo scored the first point. During the 10 minute half time the Korean singers and bands tried to get the crowd excited again by cheering "Dae Han Min-Guk" (Korea) or "Oh! Pil Seung! Korea" (Oh! Definitively Korea will win or get victory!).
 
The second half of the game the atmosphere was extremely difference especially after Korea scored their first point (Lee, Chun Soo scored). Everyone got up off the ground and jumped, screamed, shouted and hugged each other! Then Korea scored a second time (Ahn, Jung Hwan scored) and again everyone got up and cheered very excitedly! It was wild and then the time of the game ended and it was like a big party and celebration because Korea won the first game of the World Cup!!  My co-workers and I did the "human train", lots of other people did too and then we passed other "human trains" and gave each other high fives! It was crazy but very fun! Lots of people had noise makers and drums, putting off fire crackers, everyone was so happy! There was even fireworks too that went off on top of hotel behind city hall!
 
When I finally got home at 2 morning I was very tired but it was worth it to go to city hall to watch the soccer game. It was an incredible night and I am cheering for Korea to do well in the world cup!! Go Korea!
 
 

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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16 Responses to Korea won their first World Cup game!!

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