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Our proud young ones

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By Park Moo-jong

At six o'clock on Wednesday morning, a TV newscaster began his program: "Here comes the first bright news in a long time. Our under-20 FIFA World Cup team has advanced to the finals."

The talk of the town was the South Korea-Ecuador semifinal of the 2019 global youth football extravaganza now being held in Poland. A common question of the day at each work place was: "Did you see it?

The numerous "night owls" who stayed up through the night or woke up at 3:30 a.m. to watch the match deserve to feel jubilant over the "young ones" winning spree. The icing on the cake is the time of the final against Ukraine: 1 a.m. Sunday, when they don't have to go to work.

What made the people at home so happy, in particular, is that the team used to be underdogs with little hope of contending for the championship. Experts were not that optimistic about the team's performance, though the players said with confidence ahead of the tournament: "We can do it."

Irrespective of the result of the final showdown, our young team made it ― against all odds ― to the applause of not only Koreans but also global fans. Their brilliant performances complement the........

© The Korea Times