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Figured some of you might enjoy this, especially since you don't really see it over soccer in the US.

Earlier this week I was in the Philippines. The hotel/resort we were at had set up a little world cup bar. 5 or 6 TV's and 6 or 7 staff for drinks and appetizers. We dropped in there the night we arrived and there were like 4 or 5 saddos in there alone nursing beers. The next night I didn't drop by, but my colleague said it was even less people.

Our last night, I suggested we drop in and it turned out Korea was playing Togo. They had to go to another building to get us chairs!

This resort has mostly Japanese and Korean vacationers as customers, but I didn't expect what I saw. Both of these vids are cheering for no apparent reason...just to do it. Almost all of them had on some kind of red shirt.

And it was LOUD! When Korea scored a goal, it was craziness. (unfortunately we didn't catch any of that on vid)
 

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Are they still wearing the red shirts that say "Be the Reds"?

I was stationed in Korea during the last World Cup when the matches were played in Korea and Japan. You couldn't get in a bar if you didn't show up at least 3 hours before the game started.

edit: Just watched on of the videos (KK2). They're singing soccer songs. Just like you'd hear if they were in the stands at the game. The streets outside the bars would resonate with these songs.
 

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Interesting snippet is that South Korea has been asked to broadcst coverage of matches into the north. Yes, sport may just help to break down boundaries.

Fellow from work flew out to Berlin with his ten year old son to watch the Brazil v Croatia game. He said the atmosphere was fantastic, fans from either team were not segregated, everyone just got along fine. He evn wore his England shirt during the match. Apparantly the Brazilians were partying hard at the Brandenburg Gate into the early hours.

BTW how is the USA team doing? :p
 

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We suck.

The only thing I've seen make the news was you guy's second win. I think we're living vicariously through you. ;)

Seamus, I didn't stare long enough to read any. The guy I was traveling with is a Brit and said the first one is also sung in the UK. I was over there during the last world cup and it was indeed pretty mad.
 

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Proto said:
Interesting snippet is that South Korea has been asked to broadcst coverage of matches into the north. Yes, sport may just help to break down boundaries.
They're playing a commercial here that said when Ivory Coast qualified for the World Cup, the government and local militias that had been fighting called a truce so they can watch the games without bloodshed.

It would be interesting to see what people in North Korea would be able to watch the games on.

Proto said:
BTW how is the USA team doing? :p
:twofing: They're doing just fine.:D
 
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