Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FC Seoul v. Daejeon: An afternoon enjoying K-League Football

One of the most enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon or evening in Seoul is heading over to World Cup Stadium in Sangam, Seoul to catch a K-League football match. Last weekend I was able to see my first live game of the year, a match between FC Seoul and Daejeon. 

FC Seoul's fan's were out in huge numbers as usual, despite the chilly spring air.  Koreans often use plastic sticks like this to cheer at games.

The fan club is always encouraging folks in the "Fan Seats" in the North section to get involved in every chant and cheer. Watching the crazy fans can be just as exciting as the game at times. It's not uncommon to see huge flags waving throughout the game, drummers banging on their drums, and everyone decked out in red and black, FC Seoul's colors.

Daejeon had just a few loyal and enthusiastic supporters. I was really impressed by the huge banner that they rolled out as the game started.

The match was exciting as usual. Mauricio Molina, a Colombian player on FC Seoul scored both goals of this 2-0 match, assisted by Kim Tae Hwan's serious speed and fancy footwork. He was really impressive to watch. 

And don't forget the last great thing about a K-League football match. Food, friends and a little bit of beer. Patrons are allowed to bring in any outside food and drink they like, so you'll see families bringing in a whole picnic worth of food to the games. Pizza, fried chicken, all the snacks you want to last you the whole match. If you run out, of course, there is also a GS25 inside the gates as well with very reasonably priced beer and snacks, too! 

The next home game is on March 25th at 3pm against Cheonbuk. Cheonbuk is a strong team in the league, so it should be a match worth seeing. Tickets are very reasonably priced and can be purchased at the door, they never sell out as the stadium was built to host the World Cup in 2002. Fan seats behind the goal post are 10,000 won, and tickets for seating along the east side of the field go for 14,000 won and there are no assigned seats within any of these sections. Take line 6 of the Seoul Metro get off at World Cup Stadium. You can't miss it! For more information, check out the FC Seoul English website: http://www.fcseoul.com/en/main/main.jsp

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