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To Shake Out Fear the Key to Success for Germany

Posted June. 24, 2002 08:55,   


Have the 2002 World Cup semifinal matches ahead, the yellow peril in the sub consciousness of Europeans, especially Germans, are wakening in the Korean Peninsular. The yellow peril means the fear that the White culture might be overthrown by the yellow race.

Korea’s semifinal opponent German national team manager Rudi-Voller said to the correspondent of Reuter during an interview, “players’ self confidence and fear of Korea are the key to the victory.” It shows that the wariness about Korean football that has a violent force grows to fear.

Germany is nervous because a midfielder Haman, who injured right Knee during the quarterfinal match against the US, did not participate the practice today.

In the mean time, the Korean ‘Tae-Guk Fighters,’ who had two back-to-back overtime matches, pledge another surprise with an easy and graceful attitude. Players, who woke up late this morning to adjust their condition, performed a light recovery practice for 1 and half hours in Misari field in Hanam City, Kyung-Gi Province.

Korea is full of fight to wipe out the stain of a former defeat in 1994 the US World Cup. At that time, Korea was losing 0-3 in the second half including two goals by Klinsman, but showed an incredible fighting spirit in the second half and Hwang, Sun-Hong and Hong, Myung-Bo scored two goals. Many people said if there was 5 minutes of more injury time Korea might win the game.

Korea and Germany meet again in 8 years. The semifinal match is predicted to be played in rain on the 25th, and the world is watching if the ‘yellow blast’ continues.

Keuk-In Bae bae2150@donga.com