“The nearby streets will be closed.”
World Cup fever reaches high as S. National flags, soccer balls, head bands and other cheering accessories are to be found everywhere in the city.
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — A huge “red wave” is expected to engulf downtown South Korea’s capital Tuesday as the nation kicks off its participation in World Cup 2006.
Kang said during World Cup 2002 that was held in both South Korea and Japan he was in the United States and really missed the atmosphere that is now gripping Seoul.
Since South Korea’s games are scheduled for either late night or early mornings, South Korean soccer fans will be suffering from the time difference between Germany and South Korea.
“If it rains, people will come with their rain jackets. The second game with France is at 4 a.m. The following two games with France and Switzerland will begin at 4 a.m., Seoul time. With their unique cheering and unparalleled level of commitment to their team, the Red Devils are often described as the squad’s 12th man.
Among them about 25 percent said the team will reach the quarterfinals, while only 95 out of the total respondents thought the Korean team had any chance to bring the World Cup home.
Young fans of the South Korean team show their united support in downtown Seoul.
“In 2002 confidence was very high, but this time maybe not so much,” said promoter Shin. Just a couple of days before the big game, Seoul was being soaked in torrential rain, but Shin was unconcerned about the weather.
Koreans would love to see a repeat of 2002, when the World Cup hosts made it to the semifinals. local time (1 p.m. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.
Since the beginning of May, several of Seoul’s landmark office buildings, department stores and shop windows have been decorated with huge banners featuring Korean players or cheering slogans. but I [will] definitely be here,” said 20-year old student Jeung Son-min.
South Korea’s first game with Togo will kickoff at 10 p.m. They will fly to Germany in four separate contingents with the last group arriving by June 17th.
“When I was in Chicago I had to go to a Mexican bar to watch the games.”
In a survey by the 21st Century Sports Forum, 88.3 percent of 1,094 Koreans polled believed that the national team will at least advance to the round of 16.. Many Koreans will stay up after midnight to watch the matches broadcast live from Germany.
Pubs, bars, night clubs and other entertainment places are banking on the World Cup fever as an opportunity to boost sales. GMT). Some of them have started promoting various events and special offers to attract customers.
“We will offer everyone a free drink when the Korean team scores its first goal, and one hour of free drinks if Korea wins,” said 45-year old Kang Shin-woo, the owner of the Orange Bar in Seoul’s Haebangchon district. But then Shin added that the early morning streets of downtown Seoul will echo with enthusiastic chants of “Be the Reds,” whatever the matches in Germany or the weather in South Korea brings in the coming days.
CNN.com gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. Koreans have been waiting for this for four years. The Red Devils at least are on track for a repeat of the images that thrilled global TV viewers, when about 2 million red-clad fans crammed the Seoul City Hall Plaza to watch their team’s semifinal clash with Germany.
The Red Devils are highly organized and use the Internet and Korea’s advanced phone technology to ensure a massive turnout at game-day events. We Red Devils are not afraid of rain!”
“We are expecting at least 200,000 and as many as 1 million people to come to Gwanghwamun and the City Hall Plaza to cheer for the Korean-Togo game,” said Shin Ji-Hyun, a promoter for the events. Many of them have installed large-screen plasma Television screens and plan to remain open all night for diehard soccer fans. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.
CNN.com gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. Many will be wearing red “Again 2002″ T-shirts and singing “Dae han min kuk” (Great Republic of Korea) as they cheer on their national soccer team.
City organizers plan to set off fireworks to light up at the Seoul City Hall Plaza and at the World Cup stadiums in Seoul and Daejeon before the game begins and when the Korean team scores a goal.
The “Red Devils,” (“Bulgeun Angma” in Korean) the official organization of hardcore supporters for the Korean national soccer team, has appointed about 400 members to lead the cheers at the games in Frankfurt, Hanover and Leipzig. “We have installed a 100-inch screen to play every game,” he said, adding that with people from at least 27 countries living within walking distance of the pub, he expects a lot of business.
Hundreds of thousands of soccer fans are expected to converge on the Seoul City Hall Plaza and nearby streets, as well as jam public bars and restaurants to watch the nation’s first match against Togo. Korea cheers its team
By Shirley Han Ying
‘Red Devils’ gears up for the World Cup
A recent online survey by a leading local portal site Daum showed around 16.7 percent, or one in six South Koreans, plans to support the national team in public venues such as soccer stadiums, city plazas and bars.
Hope mixed with concern
Shin from the promotion agency said,
“I will come to Gwanghwamun to support our team on Tuesday
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