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Funny Japanese World Cup 2002 flash movies

November 15th, 2005 . by Matt

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Many players in opposing teams were injured when playing against the Korean team

Back in 2002, I went down to Darling Harbour to cheer on the Korean team at the world cup. The Koreans were wild, crying ‘Tae-Han-Min-Guk!’, and drowning out the supporters of the other teams. The Korean team was incredibly lucky to get some inexplicable rulings from the referees (although many people I know claim it had nothing to do with ‘luck’), and the Koreans there were very satisfied with the results. They did not think there was anything wrong with the rulings at all.

Here are some Japanese flash movies expressing disbelief at the rulings of the referees and the violence of the Korean team during the World Cup in 2002 (such as italy having four goals disqualified). Of course, playing back the recordings show just how skewed the rulings were, and these flash movies also demonstrate that. Two of the three are in Japanese, but the pictures say a thousand words.

Here are the flash movies

World Cup Soccer 2002 (English)

Soccer A-Team (Japanese)

Red Devils (Japanese)

Enjoy.


42 Responses to “Funny Japanese World Cup 2002 flash movies”

  1. comment number 1 by: nig

    “Many players in opposing teams were injured when playing against the Korean team.”

    The caption for the picture is interesting. Did you write it yourself?

    I know it is not stated openly but are you suggesting that the Korean team injured more players than other teams in the world cup?

    If you look at the stats all the teams who got to the end of the tournament had the highest number of fouls. Its just logic.

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    The point is that the Korean team did not get fouls for the injuries (the spectacular ones).

  3. comment number 3 by: Matt

    By the way, please use the b-quote function. All you need to do is hightlight the text in this box, and click the b-quote button above.

  4. comment number 4 by: nig

    I watched the world cup and I thought Korea did get a few hometown decisions against Italy (specifically the offsides). That is a common feature of football unfortunately.

    What basis do you have for saying that the Korean team injured more players than any other team?

    The Italians are notorious for taking out players anyway so I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for them at that time. The

    And I am sure in the Australia match tomorrow you will see how dirty the Uruguay team can get.

  5. comment number 5 by: bishamon

    How do you justify Korean Soccer Association when 4 out of “the 10 worst refree decisions in the 100 years history of FIFA World Cup” are coming from a single world cup (2002), and all matches involved with the K-Team? These flash movies are funny, but it’s not really laughing matters. Dirty money infests everywhere when Koreans come on board. Korea Gate, Salt Lake Olympic, Oil-for-Food scandals…

    http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?biid=2004110353778

  6. comment number 6 by: Matt

    What basis do you have for saying that the Korean team injured more players than any other team?

    I dont know if that is true or not – I never made a statement saying that ‘the Korean team injured more players than any other team’. You are attributing statements to me that I never made.

  7. comment number 7 by: Katz

    I dont know if that is true or not – I never made a statement saying that ‘the Korean team injured more players than any other team’. You are attributing statements to me that I never made.

    So why did you post this here? Everyone knows that Korea played well and gave all of themselves in the worldcup and nobody can deny that. I watched the game against Italy myself, and they were the ones that were comitting more violence against Korea. BTW, I’m not being able to watch the flash movies.

  8. comment number 8 by: Matt

    BTW, I’m not being able to watch the flash movies.

    Do you have macromedia flash?

  9. comment number 9 by: Katz

    I watched the flash movies. Who made these movies are sore losers. They are all made up. What about punches, pokings, cheatings from other teams. Three Korean players were injured because of this. These kind of things happen in every soccer game. I watched every Korean match and there were no major misjudgements from the referees. Why they don’t admit that korea was able to make to finals?

  10. comment number 10 by: Travolta

    I too watched the world cup from Australia and found that the decisions in the Spain VS. Korea match were also heavily sided towards Korea. Spain was disallowed a goal which was legit and a few trumped up off-sides were thrown against Spain. I don’t know if it involved any dirty money but the Spain fans were mighty pissed off and for good reason. I think if Korea hadn’t gotten these breaks they would never have gotten as far as they did. That’s not to say they didn’t play hard and well.

  11. comment number 11 by: nig

    I think if the conspiracy theorists are right in this case it would have had to be on a huge scale.

    It would have involved 9 corrupt FIFA officials altogether for the Portugal, Italy and Spain games. Do you think this is plausable?

  12. comment number 12 by: Matt

    Australia just qualified for the World Cup. Congratulations, team.

  13. comment number 13 by: nig

    Hiddink is a smart man. There were strong rumours that he was going to take the vacant Irish job if the Australians failed to qualify. Our loss is Australia’s gain.

  14. comment number 14 by: Martin

    S Korea-Italy was a disgrace to a World Cup tournament that was otherwise excellent entertainment. Italy should have won. Lets hope the referees are better in Germany next year so this kind of crap can be avoided. Cheers to Australia for qualifying BTW!

  15. comment number 15 by: Chris

    Ahhhhhh, yes-s-s-s-s!!!!

    I remember all of the shenanigans that went on during the 2002 World Cup here in South Korea. I’m glad I’m not the only one that still smells something rotten about that event.

    That the South Korean team were getting all kinds of favorable calls (and lack thereof) during the World Cup was the talk of many expatriates in Itaewon. The South Korean media conveniently ignored any of the controversy surrounding their teams advance to the semi-finals. The most vivid example I can remember was the quarter final match against Spain. I can remember exploding into an outrage when Joaquin’s pass to Fernando Morientes was ruled off-side during sudden-death. Replays showed that the pass, for what should have been the winning goal, was legitimate.

    What makes the Spain-South Korea match even more interesting is how the South Korean media (SBS, KBS, MBC) have whitewashed the match. When the big TV stations here show highlights from that match (which they do like every weekend it seems), they ever-so conveniently edit out Joaquin’s beautiful cross to Morientes from along the boundary line. The networks show the end of regulation time and then flash forward to the penalty kicks. You want proof? Why, just go down to the electronics market area around Yongsan Station on any given day and watch the 2002 World Cup highlights on all of the TVs, especially the Korean-made ones. Or just flip through the cable channels randomly on the weekend, and you are bound to see the highlights (still).

    I was also outraged by the South Korea-Italy match as well. Like a lot of other people here, especially foreigners, I couldn’t believe how Italy “lost” that match.

    I don’t seem to remember any violent demonstrations outside the German embassy here in Seoul the day after Germany defeated South Korea. I cannot recall any Koreans going finger-chopping wacky (Love that expression, Matt.) or shaving off their hair or seeing row upon row of Korean National Police on TV. Now, if it had been the US that had eliminated South Korea….

    I also remember how the South Korean police were quick to put down any overly enthusiastic support for any team other than the South Korean national team. Whenever Germany, England, Ireland, or Spain won a match, the police were quick to tell foreign fans to behave themselves. South Korean fans, on the other hand, could basically do whatever they wanted to do….and did.

    It was also funny to hear the South Korean fans refer to the South Korean national team as the Red Devils or the Reds. Most Koreans seemed oblivious to the fact that Manchester United are nicknamed the Red Devils and Liverpool are nicknamed the Reds. Crazy bunch, eh? More Korean “stealing”? I most certainly think so.

    To this day, I still cannot listen to that song that was played EVERYWHERE here, “Oh Pilseung” or whatever it was called, without having the urge to vomit. I just prefer to forget that song ever existed, thank you very much.

    From what I saw, Japan played some scintillating soccer at times. Plus, Japanese fans seemed to be more gracious and polite than their in-your-face Korean counterparts.

    Lastly, I bought two replica jerseys from Dongdaemun during the World Cup, South Korea and Japan, as it so happens. Would anyone like a genuine imitation South Korean national soccer team jersey with Ahn Jung Hwan’s number on it? I’ve never worn it. I prefer to wear my Japan team jersey instead. Go, Ultimate Warriors!!!!

    Chris
    Yongsan Garrison, Seoul
    Former HQ of the Japanese 20th Infantry Division in Korea

  16. comment number 16 by: Dustin

    I watched the flash movies. Who made these movies are sore losers. They are all made up. What about punches, pokings, cheatings from other teams. Three Korean players were injured because of this. These kind of things happen in every soccer game. I watched every Korean match and there were no major misjudgements from the referees. Why they don’t admit that korea was able to make to finals?

    Comment by Katz — November 15, 2005 #

    I was in Asia at the time, and even my Korean friends were suspicious of what was going on in the 2002 World Cup. They told me all kinds of rumors including the rumors about fans using laser pens on the opposing teams players. It was not hidden to anyone who was looking closely. Its an ugly thing, but I think that many people saw what was going on. Nothing in these are “made up”, I am sorry to say.

  17. comment number 17 by: nig

    Chris:
    I’ll have the free jersey if you are look for a home for it.

  18. comment number 18 by: Mika

    South Korean fans, on the other hand, could basically do whatever they wanted to do….and did.

    Here are pictures of “the Red Devils” in London. http://nandakorea.sakura.ne.jp/html/korean_in_London.html
    It seem like they’re so full of themselves that they don’t care where they are at all.

  19. comment number 19 by: Azncowboys813

    From what I saw, Japan played some scintillating soccer at times. Plus, Japanese fans seemed to be more gracious and polite than their in-your-face Korean counterparts

    Are you kidding me? Japanese fans are just crazy and immature as the hooliguns in Enlgand. People jumped into the water naked(not even wearing underwear), and there were big riot going on after the loss to Turkey. Stop trying to overrate them! dude. When there were korea-japan game, we never beat you up or hurt you even we lost the game. Maybe you guys could’ve been opposite, like you guys always did during WWII. Dirty animals.

  20. comment number 20 by: Azncowboys813

    What calls were favor for Korea? Huh? As I saw the game like 25 times there were no bad calls. And who played dirty? Italy definitely. Elbowing, breaking the player’s nose, shirt pulling, and dirty tackles. They were playing freaking Rugby, not soccer. The picture of the guy who got blood on his head, he got it by his own team mate’s head. And seriously this Italian team were playing just to get more money. They were not playing with heart.

  21. comment number 21 by: Mika

    there were big riot going on after the loss to Turkey.

    Huh? There was no riot by Japanese fans during World Cup. Don’t make up the story.

  22. comment number 22 by: Matt

    Azncowboys813 said

    What calls were favor for Korea? Huh? As I saw the game like 25 times there were no bad calls.

    Which is what I am talking about. As I noted that

    They [Koreans] did not think there was anything wrong with the rulings at all.

    It shows that Koreans are blinded by ultra nationalism, unable to accept something the whole planet knows.

  23. comment number 23 by: Katz

    I know they will prove on 2006 worldcup as they are proving now on friendly matches that it was not because they played at home, or because of the fans (of course they were the main cause the team was playing vigoroussly) or the influence of the referees. I bet they will do minimum the same or more when they did in 2002.

  24. comment number 24 by: ponta

    Korean newspaper says,(from bishamon’s comment)

    BBC and ESPN broadcast the decisions as fair while The Washington Post and Russian Internet paper Gazeta claimed they were obviously wrong calls.

    http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?biid=2004110353778

    BBC says,

    I honestly thought Spain would beat Korea and they probably should have done.

    But the simple fact is they didn’t.

    In cup football, if you don’t get lucky, if bad decisions go against you and if you don’t score your penalties when you need to, then you go out.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/worldcup2002/hi/matches_wallchart/spain_v_south_korea/newsid_2059000/2059519.stm

    The reaction back home from some newspapers saying that people shouldn’t support Korea because of what has happened is extremely unfair and really over the top.

    The players haven’t asked for these favours, Guus Hiddink hasn’t asked for these favours.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/worldcup2002/hi/features/newsid_2062000/2062263.stm

    It does not seem BBC judged the decision as fair.

    About the football fans.

    There were a few signs of goodwill, such as Japanese cheering for the Korean team after their own team had been eliminated. Underneath, the grudges, particularly among the Koreans, remained.

    This is a lopsided, asymmetrical relationship. The palpable Korean hatred for Japan is deep-seated, pervasive and obsessive. Koreans who are rational about everything else can become irrational when Japan comes into a conversation. In contrast, Japanese often ignore Koreans or are indifferent to them — infuriating Koreans even more — although some younger Japanese profess to be interested in Korea.

    Korean antipathy showed up in myriad ways during the World Cup. Most Koreans resented having to share the spotlight as host with Japan and insisted that the tournament be called the Korea/Japan rather than the Japan/Korea World Cup. Korea’s Web site and publicity largely ignored Japan. Japan was rarely mentioned in Korean TV coverage.

    When Turkey defeated Japan to eliminate the Japanese, Koreans applauded. When Japanese cheered for Korea as the Korean team advanced, Koreans said: “They Japanese are faking their support for the Korean team.”

    There was evidence that the support was not faked. A professor in Japan asked over 100 of his students what they thought of the Korean performance in the tournament. About 70 percent gave positive replies, 22 percent were negative, and 8 percent said they weren’t interested in Korea.

    http://starbulletin.com/2002/06/30/editorial/halloran.html

    Tan

  25. comment number 25 by: takeshima

    coreans even ones who live in Canada like slick vic have a knife buried deep in the back of japan.

    They hate japan. But they hate usa too.

  26. comment number 26 by: mae

    i think one of the basic value of koreans, native or kyoppo, is “winning can justify everything”.
    you can lie, you can cheat, you can whitewash. but winning is the most important. look at social structure, education system, behavior of politicians. you have to be a winner no matter what.

    you cant blame it. its their value. their history. blaiming it is just like blame the us for protecting the freedom in the world.

  27. comment number 27 by: tk

    I recomend this flash movie ,for all sccore fan.^^

    http://tokyo.cool.ne.jp/damedakorea/

  28. comment number 28 by: tk

    And this article for those who can read Japanese and Mr.Matt.^^

    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/pandiani/e/01035ccf73fd9f39a081771e23fcda31

  29. comment number 29 by: Katz

    When Korea proves in 2006 worldcup, will be a silence sign for all the commentators with evil intent here.

  30. comment number 30 by: madne0

    Katz: I would have no problem with Korea doing well in the 2006 World Cup. As long as it happened fair and square. What happened in the 2002 World Cup was a disgrace, expecially the matches against Spain and Italy. But, altough the Koreans were probably the greatest beneficiaries of the bad refereeing, they weren’t the only ones “helped” along. I remember, for example, the game between Senegal and Uruguay, which saw Uruguay effectively being robbed of a win that would have gotten them through to the last 16. Or even the game between Belgium and Brazil, in the last 16, where Belgium was robbed. And, as long as i’m on a roll, the game between the US and Germany had some pretty dubious calls…Like i said, the refereing as a disgrace, and it greatly tarnished the image of this World Cup. Just ask any football fan (that isn’t a Korean that is ;)).


  31. […] The comic illustrates the violence of the Korean team; the booing of other teams by Korean fans (and use of offensive symbols, like the Nazi symbols against the Germans); and describes the movement for ‘fair judgement’ that arose from the poor refereeing. Here is a site describing the fair judgement movement. I am looking at the comic now, and I cant find anything about cheating. Plenty about bad decisions and bad sportsmanship though. Interestingly enough, in the comic the Korean character confronts a Japanese character for “bad-mouthing the Korean team”, and the Japanese character answered that he was just saying the facts. It seems like this author is taking the same tact as the Korean character. […]

  32. comment number 32 by: CaptPorridge

    http://skysoccer.or.kr/

    Just curious…that Korean soccer website is run by the JMS cult, led by wanted rapist Jong Myong Seok (an asshole)
    I can’t read much Korean…. would anyone mind checking out the site. I’m curious if it has any connectiions to the Korean national team or regional clubs and competitions.

    Could be that Korean soccer is more corrupt than anyone ever realized???

  33. comment number 33 by: Victor

    coreans even ones who live in Canada like slick vic have a knife buried deep in the back of japan.

    They hate japan. But they hate usa too.

    Keep barking… Bark your ass off.
    LOL

  34. comment number 34 by: Matt

    Katz, no pasting your old comments from other posts, and use a real email address.

  35. comment number 35 by: momo

    Hello, Matt.
    I am a student in Boston.
    I am very amazed and happy to find your website.

    はじめまして、こんにちは。
    日本のウェブサイトで、こちらが紹介されていたのでお邪魔いたしました。
    内容の濃さと面白さに引かれて、一晩かけて全ページに目を通しました。
    レイアウトも綺麗で見やすく、とても素敵なページですね。
    これからも頑張って下さい。

    Japanese fans are just crazy and immature

    Well, as I was not there so I really cannot dispute it…
    but let me tell you that there were cool Japanese like them;

  36. comment number 36 by: momo

    Ooops,

    I am having a problem with linking a web address below;
    http://www.geocities.co.jp/Bookend-Hemingway/9421/englishside.html

  37. comment number 37 by: Matt

    Hello, Matt.
    I am a student in Boston.
    I am very amazed and happy to find your website.

    はじめまして、こんにちは。
    日本のウェブサイトで、こちらが紹介されていたのでお邪魔いたしました。
    内容の濃さと面白さに引かれて、一晩かけて全ページに目を通しました。
    レイアウトも綺麗で見やすく、とても素敵なページですね。
    これからも頑張って下さい。

    ももさん

    嬉しいお言葉、ありがとうございます。一度登録してみませんか? そうするとももさんの名称で他の人は語る事が出来ません(たまにそのような詐欺師が居ますからね)。ももさんの英語がお上手ですね。今後も是非ご訪問ください。

  38. comment number 38 by: momo

    Hello, Matt

    お返事どうもありがとうございます。
    早速、登録させて頂きました。
    つたない英語になりますが、これから他のユーザーの皆さんと共に、
    ディスカッションに参加させて頂ければと思います。
    お体に気をつけて。

    ももより

  39. comment number 39 by: JK

    Matt,

    I am confused. If you put up a picture of a bleeding soccer player with the caption “Many players in opposing teams were injured when playing against the Korean team” and yet you also admit that teams other than the Korean one caused even MORE injuries to players of opposing teams, then what was the point of you putting up the caption that you wrote?

    It is very obvious to all that you have an agenda of sorts. What happened, did you get your feelings hurt by those bad ol’ Korean people???

    JK

  40. comment number 40 by: Al

    Yeah, keep on complaining you bunch of losers. Granted there were some questionable calls, but making flash movies? Crying about conspiricies??? Lord, what a bunch of whiners.

  41. comment number 41 by: Matt

    I am confused. If you put up a picture of a bleeding soccer player with the caption “Many players in opposing teams were injured when playing against the Korean team” and yet you also admit that teams other than the Korean one caused even MORE injuries to players of opposing teams, then what was the point of you putting up the caption that you wrote?

    You are confused because you misread what I wrote. I ‘admit’ to nothing of the sort.

  42. comment number 42 by: CriticofMatt

    You wrote to Nig, “I dont know if that is true or not” (about Korea having committed more fouls against opposing teams). But your caption underneath the picture shows a bias that I assume is intentional in order to paint Koreans in as negative a fashion as possible. That would be like someone putting up a picture of dead Iraqi citizens with the caption “Many Iraqi citizens were killed when in the same vicinity as US troops.” There would be many reasons as to why the people were killed, be they accidents or justified reactions by unruly Iraqi citizens. But based on the caption I wrote alone, it paints the US military as an institution that proactively causes violence against an innocent population. Which may or may not be true.

    BTW, you really do need to get over your anti-Korean bias.