Extra! Korea

June 22, 2010

South Korea advances the ugly way, a 2-2 tie with Nigeria

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 11:30 pm

As I mentioned before, South Korea’s critical game against Nigeria was at an ungodly hour.

Last night, while I was getting some pa-jeon* to go, I mentioned to the man preparing it that Korea’s game was at 3 in the morning and that I couldn’t watch it. Perhaps he misunderstood my “couldn’t” as being because I didn’t have a TV or something, because he informed me that I could go watch the game at a 2002 World Cup stadium near our area. I wonder how many people went.

I went to bed at the usual time, and a couple of times during the night, I was woken up by shouts of “Yayyy!” I looked outside my window, but only saw a couple of lit windows in a sea of darkness. So, a few Superfans were up, but most people were sleeping, at least in my neck of the woods. The area where I live is full of so-called “villa” apartments, which are only about four stories high. I wonder what was going on at the high-rise apartments, where most people choose to live these days.

In the morning, I found out, as I had guessed from the Superfans, that the Korean team had scored twice last night. Unfortunately, so had the Nigerians. However, since Argentina defeated Greece at around the same time, that means that Korea advances to the next round, along with the other final sixteen teams. Unless I am mistaken, that makes South Korea the first Asian team to make to that round while playing outside of their home turf. So congratulations are in order, I guess, but what an ugly way to go through. Pick up your game, Korea. Your defense is a sieve.

By the way, do you know who did go and watch the game live? A bunch of pop stars. Go to this link to see some K-pop eye candy decked out in the team color, red, including The Girl With The Amazing Body, Park Ga-hee of the girl group After School (see below; Hat Tip to Grand Narrative).

* a kind of omelette with green onions and other things of your choice, such as seafood; No, it’s not “Korean pizza,” despite what some might try to tell you. Pizza has bread.


  1. Saudi Arabia actually made it out of the 1st round group phase in 1994 in the US. In 2006 Australia were technically part of the Asian confederation during the tournament and qualified for the second round, but they had been in the Oceania confederation during World Cup qualifying. This was the first time Korea has made it past the 1st round outside their home country, as obviously they made it to the semi-finals in 2002.

    Comment by Seamus Walsh — June 23, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    • Saudi Arabia actually made it out of the 1st round group phase in 1994 in the US.

      Is the Middle East considered part of Asia? I know that it’s been called “the Near East” but I’ve always thought of Asia as beginning at the Indian subcontinent.

      Comment by extrakorea — June 23, 2010 @ 3:54 am

      • Asia stretches from Turkey/Israel/Russia etc to the Eastern tip of Russia and Japan. I know in North American English “Asia” usually refers to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea etc), but geographically speaking it’s huge and borders Europe and Africa. Also, in footballing terms, Saudi Arabia is definitely part of the Asian Confederation.

        Comment by Seamus Walsh — June 23, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

      • Thanks. I blame political correctness. When I was young, Asia referred to the whole area from Persia to Japan*, and the Orient referred to East Asia. My mom referred to herself as Oriental, and I referred to myself as half-Oriental. However, somebody decided that the term Oriental was not longer to be used in polite company, thus leading to today’s confusion.

        * Remember the movie “300” in which the Spartans fended off “the hordes of Asia”?

        Comment by extrakorea — June 24, 2010 @ 9:14 am

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