Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2010 FIFA World CUP in Korea

Because we study in South Korea, we all cheered for South Korea. People from all over the world, were cheering for South Korea, when they had to play. When your own country had to play, you would cheer for your own country.

I remember the day that South Korea had to play again Greece. 12th of June 2010. It was the day that I celebrated my Birthday. Ofcourse it was full of people, everyone was dressed in red and cheered for Korea. At the end of the match, the people in the bar went crazy. 2-0 for South korea…This was one of the most amazing moments I have seen in my life.
It was quite an experience to be here in South Korea during the World Cup and see the citizens of South Korea being a really active supporter of their country ☺.

When the Netherlands played in the World Cup, I start organizing events to cheer for the Dutch team. It was amazing, almost everyone came in the color Orange. The Koreans were sooo excited to see the Netherlands playing. Ofcourse they have good memories of the Dutch with soccer…if you think about Guus Hiddink ☺

Some background
The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations; in 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.
The matches were played in ten stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These sixteen teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.
In the final, Spain, the European champions, defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time, with AndrĂ©s Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title, the first time that a European nation has won the tournament outside its home continent. Host nation South Africa, 2006 world champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.

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