NT Held its Ceremony at Seoul Plaza.
Date : 2018.05.22
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“We, the Reds!”
The Men’s National Team for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia held its ceremony on the 21st at Seoul Plaza. It was more than a ceremony, instead, it was a festival where the players and fans could meet altogether. This is the first time ever to hold an event with the fans before calling up the players.
At around 11:30, the boy band SPECTRUM and band TransFixion celebrated with their performance before the start of the ceremony. The squad members, wearing specially made suits tailored by men’s wear brand Galaxy, made their way to the waiting room at 12:30 with cameras flashing, fans cheering and welcoming them.
It was 28 players who made their names on the pre-list that was announced on the 14th, but not all players could make it to the ceremony. Kwon Changhoon(Dijon FCO) was excluded from the list due to his Achilles tendon injuries, making the list total of 27 players. Kim Jinhyeon(Cerezo Osaka), Kim Seung-gyu and Jung Woo-young(Vissel Kobe), and Kwon Kyungwon(Tianjin Quanjian FC) were absent due to team schedules. Despite his knee injuries, Lee Keun-ho(Gangwon FC)’s name remained on the list, but he did not attend the ceremony.
What was more impressive was that the legend players of previous World Cups had also attended the ceremony. Former coach Cha Bumkun, head coach of Pohang Steelers Choi Soon-ho, Suwon Samsung’s head coach Seo Jungwon and the squad members of 2002 World Cup ? Choi Jincheul, one of the committee members of the Korea Professional Football League, Lee Woonjae, the coach of Suwon Samsung and Hong Myungbo, the executive director of KFA ? also joined.
With the performance of Sejung from the Korean girl group Gugudan and Leo of the boy band VIXX singing the World Cup cheering song ‘We are the One’ together, the ceremony ended. Ki Sungyueng, the captain of Men’s National Team said, “It was extraordinary and meaningful, seeing so many fans who came to cheer us. Now it’s our job to do our best at the World Cups.” Song Heungmin showed his gratitude towards the fans by saying “I feel thankful for all the fans who came here today to encourage and welcome us despite the hot weather.”