No World Cup Cheering Zones Decided Yet in Busan

For those looking to head on out and join the crowds cheering on Korea at the World Cup as in years past, you may be out of luck.

With the World Cup set to begin in 10 days in Russia, there is very little interest and promotion of the event.

While the 61st ranked Korea has qualified in one of the toughest groups alongside Germany, Mexico and Sweden, the squads recent performances have left fans resigned to an early exit.

Key injuries to Kim Min-jae, Kwon Chang-hoon, Lee Kun-ho and Yeom Ki-hun have also diminished hope among fans.

With their 3-1 loss to Bosnia Herzegovina last Friday night at home, along with local elections set for next week and the US-North Korea meetings, headlines of the quadrennial event have barely made the local press.

According to Busan City, there is no publicity using outdoor signboards or banners in the  Busan area promoting the event.

A location where big screens will be set up for team support which has usually been carried out at each games has still not been confirmed yet.

Haeundae Beach was the only site in the city as an official World Cup cheering venue for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil down from four venues for the 2010 World Cup.

Korea will play Bolivia and Austria in warm-ups during their training in Austria before their opening match with Sweden.

South Korea World Cup Schedule

June 18: Korea vs. Sweden 9 p.m.

June 24: Korea vs. Mexico 12 a.m.

June 27: Korea vs. Germany 11 p.m.


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