Seoul kicks off countdown to World Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

South Korea marked the beginning of the 30-day countdown until the kickoff of the World Cup soccer finals with huge celebrations in Seoul on Wednesday.

Seoul kicks off countdown to World Cup

Seoul:

South Korea marked the beginning of the 30-day countdown until the kickoff of the World Cup soccer finals with huge celebrations in Seoul on Wednesday. More than 60,000 fans celebrated the countdown to May 31 at South Korea's main stadium with a glittering show. The event, boosting the growing soccer fever in the country, consisted of a show of fireworks and dances. Enthusiastic supporters for the South Korean soccer team "Red Devils" cheered in the stands of the stadium. World flags were paraded on stage and the World Cup mascots Nik, Ato and Kaz danced to the music. Even the South Korean police had a go at it as they demonstrated anti-terrorist tactics. The show finally reached its peak with the official soccer ball being rolled into the stadium by a group of children on which fans had written encouraging messages for the South Korean soccer team. South Korea is co-hosting the finals with Japan. The Seoul stadium will host the opening ceremony and the first match -- between 1998 champions France and first-time finalists Senegal on May 31. South Korea play a friendly match against Scotland in Pusan on May 16.

Topics : Football
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