Red Devils is not really a devil.

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Red Devils is not really a devil.

World cup.

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It has been great festival but it became more major event since 2002 Korea Japan world cup. It is because of course it happen in our home country and Korea rocked the world was another reason. .

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How do we become “Red Devils”?

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First game of 2002, we watched game in a bar like any other sports with a very small expectation because well, we made it to World cup several times but never won. Furthermore first game was against Poland. .

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We were at some bar in front of school, and guess what? We won! Who knew!

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As I remember that was a start of street cheer parade. I was in Suwon and we have a huge main road about few hundred meters and this big road was filled with people who were wearing red shirts. I was part of the one of course. We were singing and shouting with such a joy.

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Red Devils is the official supporters of soccer. They are existed for long time before 2002 World cup and quite famous too, but it became the hottest group and every one became the member. “Red Devil” is not really a devil. He is one of Korea’s forefather. He was an emperor. He called ‘devil’ as because he was very frighten to Chinese. So he is quite an ‘angel’ to us then ‘devil’. This name is very suitable for the team of Korea. Yes we was very frighten to the many best teams around the world since 2002.

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The face on the side of this t-shirt is him.

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It just gets better and better. The games we had and cheer parade. The game against USA, tie game. We even beat Portugal and Italy and made it through the second round. Wow.. That was just too crazy. You can guess how people react with this whole winning situation. I could see it became a part of the routine. City starts organize city square to let people see the game, since it all surrounded by tall buildings with big screens. School held several events for the game with big screen, bars have free drinks, and everyone was crazy for our success. .

Do you remember? We made it to semi final. Well, we could not get over Germany but semi-final. Wooow.. That was just almost miracle.

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After 2002 world cup it became ‘the’ event.

Now it can’t be stopped. It brings to 2010 South Africa world cup. First game was against Greece. Since out team was not very successful at last world cup so many people said ‘I’m just going to watch it at home’. And it was rainy day. But you know us Koreans. We are very royal to our own! People go out and guess what? We won! Moreover that game was so good!

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Even though it was raining it just didn’t matter.

Same thing happen at Argentina game. It’s funny because we won the first game so more people went out have their own party to watch game.

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Game vs Argentina was not good. Argentina was way too good and luck was on other side. But we still had so much fun cheering and having the party.

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From this game and this world cup, I realize something that we don’t care the result as we used to. World cup was not very much of a hot event here that’s because we always disappointed. All the great games between well played team were certainly worth to watch but since we are playing, it would be great to win, right? However since we experienced we beat Italy, Portugal, and even Spain! We have very big faith and learn how to enjoy game itself, this party and joy. In the media, they call us-my generation- as a ‘V (victory) Generation’. Because we had the taste of sweet victory, we can just enjoy this as a party no matter us won or not. I think that is very true.

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It brings us the memory of the most glorious day of our live.

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I was very lucky to be a living proof of this history. Running the street with National flag, wearing same shirts and just we all were friend.

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An, Jung Hwan

One funny story, do you remember a player who made a goal in Korea-Italy game in second round? An, Jung Hwan, Long curly hair, he lost a penalty goal but he did make the most important golden goal.

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He is an alumnus of my University, so you could imagine how much we were so proud of him. We now even have a hall named after him.

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2010 World cup is not over yet. Korea still have one game left before second round against Nigeria. We don’t know what could happen. Either we make it through second round or not. However I know certain one thing. On next Tuesday, even though the game is 3:30am Korea time, countless people are going to go out on the street cheer for the team.

Yes. Da si han bun, Dae han min guk! (다시한번, 대한민국!, Again, Republic of Korea!)

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See you all next Tuesday. Something red is mandatory.

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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

9 Comments

  1. Juno, I admire South Koreans for their passion for football. It’s amazing to see, when masses of red devils supporters flood Seoul’s squares and streets. I wish my small country Slovenia could draw out such crowds, but we don’t have so many people 🙂 Female Red Devils fans are the cutest! 🙂 Not only did you prove that, I’ve also recently blogged about them and posted many pics, you can see that here http://bit.ly/cFI8Zf Now I’m thinking I should add one of your pics, hehe.

    I really hope your team advances to the round of 16, I think you have currently the best team from Asia and without Red Devils fans the World cup would become a tad boring. So go Korea! 🙂

    I have one questions: How did you and your fellow Koreans feel, when they saw the North Korean player cry during the national anthem? And how was the game NK – Brazil seen in your country? What were the comments?

    • Juno says:

      @MLK

      Thanks! 🙂 I’ve seen your post. haha interesting gathering. 🙂
      I really hope we make it to secound round. We need some cheerful news!! So many bad things happen this year.

      Well.. North Korea is very difficult subject for us. Most of us are terrified what they are doing and have done as a country, but we have some sympathy for people in NK. They treated so badly. Jung Dae sae’s tear was on the news many times after the game. He have South Korea nationality when he was born but he decided to join the North Korea soccer team. well it’s a long story.
      So basically he made NK to this world cup. He didn’t say about the tear, but we all assume it was joy, emotional, and bad/good memories for being in the world cup game field.
      North Korea is always very difficult subject.

  2. Oh, thanks Juno, for your explanation. I understand it better now. Gomawo 🙂

  3. Congratulations Junoooooooo 😀 South Korea qualified for the Round of 16! Now I hope Slovenia can qualify tomorrow, too.

    Good luck, go Red Devils and Slovenia 🙂

  4. ciki says:

    your team is amazing! keep it up sweetie pie! woohoo! xoxoxo

  5. Lilian says:

    I really like how the Koreans are so united in supporting the team. Despite being behind at first, the team doesn’t give up and continues to give their best throughout the rest of the game! Really enjoyed watching the matches with South Korea.

  6. Catherine says:

    hi Juno, its nice can get ur page.. I was looking to the pics when you n ur friends celebrated Worldcup, with official korean football team jersey t-shirts. Btw I m interesting to have the t-shirt, can u help me how can i get it? or maybe you or ur friend wants to sell it for me :D.. I m waiting ur reply comment, many thanks..@}====

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