“I want a gold medal to get out of the military service”…Overseas soccer fans said, “The power of military service exemption is scary.”
Overseas soccer fans are paying keen attention to the Korean men’s national soccer team, which defeated Kuwait 9-0 in the first soccer match of the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Foreign media, including fans from various Asian countries, said, “If Korea wins, players will be exempted from military service,” adding, “You should never meet Korea.”
Earlier, South Korea beat Kuwait 9-0 in the first round of men’s football in Group E at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in China on the 19th (Korea Standard Time). Jung Woo-young scored a hat-trick to lead the national team to a great victory.
German famous media Kicker focused on Jung Woo-young’s military service benefits and his performance against Kuwait on the 20th (local time).
The media said, “Jung Woo-young, who participated in the Asian Games, hopes to win a gold medal to escape from his 20-month military service.” In Korea, if you make a special contribution to the country, you can receive military service benefits,” he said, expressing interest in Jung Woo-young’s military service benefits.
Kicker also said in July, “Jung Woo-young’s transfer fee is 2.8 million euros (about 4 billion won), but it will rise to 4 million euros (about 5.7 billion won) if he receives military service benefits. However, if Jung Woo-young serves in the military, he will not be able to complete the contract period in Stuttgart. The transfer negotiations have been delayed due to this problem, he said.
Indonesia, which belongs to Group F, right next to the group, also received various reactions.
An Indonesian fan said on social media, “If you do it wrong, you will meet the leading team immediately after passing the group qualifying round.” Another fan claimed, “We should be the top of the group even if we don’t meet Korea.”
Indonesian fans said, “Korea is doing its best because of the exemption from military service,” “I wouldn’t have played this hard without the military benefits,” and “If you win, you’ll be exempt from military service, so you should never meet Korea.”
Japan also showed interest in the Korean team’s military service benefits. A Japanese netizen said, “Korea has a different spirit. It is the only team that has been set up as the best member of the tournament because of the exemption from military service,” he said. There were comments such as “I can’t help it because I’m invoking the military service exemption booster,” “Korea has a different spirit,” and “The motivation is completely different.”