World Cup madness continues

In a match against Nigeria, South Korea tied to advance to the Final 16. Now, it gets even more interesting as the US plays Ghana, and if Korea could win the next match against Uruguay (doubtful), they could play the US or Ghana…right there, is my entire allegiance all going at it!

Wednesday’s game was aired live here  at 3:30 am. About 90% of my students watched the game, using various strategies, including:

  • One businessman drank with coworkers until 1 am, came home, slept two hours then watched at home. Remarkably, he was on time and chipper, for my 6:50 am class.
  • One guy went with his cousin to Haeundae Beach and slept out on a blanket at 9 pm, woke up at 3 am to watch the game on the big outdoor screen, then crashed again from 6 am to 10 am on the beach, making it to my class (looking pretty clean!) at noon

After the previous game on Friday night, when Korea lost to Argentina, about 40 riot police were out doing crowd control. They were forming lines and trying to manage the movement of the drunken fans who wanted to walk across the busy boulevard to join up with fans on the other side. That was the only ‘tension’ I’ve experienced here to date.

That night, the police looked like a force to be reckoned with, mainly due to the quantity and their neon vests. But,  it was hard to take the sight too seriously, when the ‘mob’ was wearing their red t-shirts and glowing red horns. And after about 15 minutes of growing tension, the crowd randomly dispersed and began to head home.

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