“Suspension of construction due to heavy rain + shower forecast”…Coupang Play “We prepared it and there is no difficulty in proceeding.”
It is expected that there will be no variable rainfall in the K-League and Atletico Madrid, teams that will heat up the summer night.
Team K-League led by coach Hong Myung-bo (Ulsan Hyundai) and Atletico Madrid, the prestigious Spanish La Liga, will play the 2023 Coupang Play Series at 8:00 pm on the 27th at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Team K-League consists of 22 players, including the ‘Fan Eleven’, supported by fans for each position, and the ‘Pick Eleven’, selected by coach Hong and other coaches. Sejingya (Daegu FC) also received the honor of receiving the most votes in fan votes.
Atlético is a strong player representing La Liga along with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The history of winning the league 11 times, the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) 10 times, and the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League 3 times is also splendid. This is the first time Atletico, founded in 1903, has visited Korea.
Team K-League head coach Hong said at an official press conference held the day before the game, “Both teams are not in perfect condition, but I am grateful to both Atletico and Team K-League for visiting Korean soccer.” I hope that the K-League players will play an impressive game for the fans and the pride of representing the league.”
Atletico coach Diego Simeone expressed his determination, saying, “Thank you for the hospitality and welcome at the airport and hotel. He added, “I want to play with expectations, hope, grit, and passion and share it with the fans.”
After the press conference, open training was held in the order of Atletico and Team K-League. During Atlético’s training, it suddenly rained heavily. It was heavy rain that covered the sweat of the players. Nevertheless, the fans did not care and kept their eyes on the training of Atletico players. Atletico players such as Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix greeted the fans with handshakes between training sessions.
The players and fans didn’t mind the heavy rain, but the ground wasn’t. As the Atlético players started playing a mini-game, standing water on the ground hindered the ball’s progress. The scene where the ball stopped in the middle was repeated.
Even on the day of the game, there is news of showers. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, there is a forecast for showers near the stadium from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It’s before kickoff, but concerns about the ground condition remain.
Coupang Play was confident in holding a normal match. An official from Coupang Play said, “The Seoul World Cup Stadium is managed by the Seoul Facilities Management Corporation. In case of rain, we respond according to the corporation’s manual.” “There is no difficulty in progress because we will prepare according to the situation on the day of the match,” he replied.
Meanwhile, Atletico will face Manchester City, the champion of the English Premier League (EPL), at the same place on the 30th after the team K-League match.
Strikers: Na Sang-ho (Seoul), Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC), Jeruso (Incheon), Jeka (Pohang), Joo Min-gyu (Ulsan), Hays (Jeju)
Midfielders: Sejingya (Daegu), Bae Jun-ho (Daejeon), Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk), Lee Soon-min (Gwangju), Palosevich (Seoul), Han Young-guk (Gangwon)
Defenders: Grant (Pohang), Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan), Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), Anton (Daejeon), Lee Gi-je (Suwon), Jeong Tae-wook (Jeonbuk), Timo (Gwangju), Hwang Jae-won (Daegu)
Goalkeepers: Lee Chang-geun (Daejeon), Jo Hyun-woo (Ulsan)