Blue and white army!

18 Mar

Teams: Daegu FC v Incheon United
Stadium: Daegu Stadium (Capacity: 66, 442, today’s crowd: around 5,000)
Admission: 5,000 won (about £3)

On the same day as my home team Kilmarnock FC play Celtic in the Scottish Communities League Cup final at Hampden, I went to my first Korean fitba match. I’m gutted I can’t be at Hampden today to support the boys but I know they’ll do me proud! So my first trip to watch Daegu FC was a very small consolation.

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Daegu Stadium in the sun

Today was Daegu’s 3rd match of the season against Incheon United (a city near Seoul where Korea’s main airport is situated). Daegu have got off to a decent start drawing their first game at home 1 a piece with FC Seoul. Having only formed in 2002, they can be forgiven for not having any major successes. But the fact that they play in the same colours as Kilmarnock is good enough for me!

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Daegu FC strip

To give the football fans a bit of background on the K-League – there are 16 teams that play each other twice between March and November. The top six teams at the end of the regular season have playoffs to decide the champions and the final standings for the season. As it is the only professional league in South Korea there is no official promotion or relegation system… strange huh?

Daegu FC play between two stadiums, but today they were at Daegu Stadium – an impressive stadium at that. It holds around 66,000 and is the third biggest stadium in Korea. Built in 2001, it was one of the stadiums used in the 2002 World Cup and was most recently used for the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics which were televised in the UK last August/ September.

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The mascot from the 2011 IAAF World Championships

Back to the game, having three Brazilians in the team, I expected some sexy soccer from Daegu FC, but if I’m honest the standard of football I saw today was on a par with the SPL. There’s not much more I can say about that. Nonetheless, Daegu won the game 1-0, scoring in the 35th minute. They deserved to get a goal in the first half, as they were the more dominant team and created the most chances, but in the second half I was surprised Incheon didn’t get a goal. They came out and playing a more attacking game and Daegu were forced to defend instead of creating more chances. But at the end of the day, a win’s a win, and my team won!

It was a fun, cheap day out helped by the spring sunshine. I got to watch the match in my t-shirt and sunglasses – which is how you should watch football – not hunched over trying to shelter yourself from horizontal rain and trying to avoid getting piles! My ticket cost me 5,000 (about £3) and I spent 3,000 (£2) buying some half-time scran – I have to admit though, it wasn’t a patch on a Killie pie!

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Half time scran - Kimbap

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