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How to enjoy World Cup

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By Park Moo-jong

Where has the World Cup (in Russia) gone?

Many people asked this of each other ahead of the opening of the FIFA World Cup Russia, somewhat surprised by the unexpected lackluster atmosphere in a country which hosted the global football festival for tremendous success 16 years ago in 2002 together with Japan.

The World Cup fever did not take hold here until a week ago at least.

Many cited the June 12 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore and the June 13 local elections as the main factors that overshadowed the sports extravaganza.

South Korea (Korea the Republic as named by FIFA) has slight chance of securing a place in the round of 16 in such a tough group with Germany, Mexico and Sweden as enemies.

Against this backdrop, the largest-ever world's football championship kicked off at midnight (Korean Standard Time) this morning in Moscow with host Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the opening match.

Though the Russia World Cup failed to attract enthusiastic attention of Koreans so far, the anticipation certainly thrilled people at stadiums, homes, offices and elsewhere around world for a month until the final to start at midnight July 16.

When it comes to football, people usually say "the ball is round," so few can predict which direction the ball will go. Namely, it is difficult........

© The Korea Times