Fifa World Cup 2014: Russia, South Korea try to remember opponent players by name tag
The South Korean captain, Koo-Ja-Chael, was equally candid when challenged later if he could list any of the Russian side © Getty Images

 

Cuiaba (Brazil): Jun 17, 2014

 

Both Russia and South Korea freely admitted that they had no idea as to the identity of the players they were about to face in the Fifa World Cup 2014 Group H clash in Cuiaba.

 

Russia’s coach, Fabio Capello, when asked if it wasn’t an insult that his team couldn’t name any Koreans, shrugged: “It’s not important to know names of players, what is important is to know their characteristics.”

 

The Korean captain, Koo-Ja-Chael, was equally candid when challenged later if he could list any of the Russian side.

 

“No, I don’t know their names, but I know their numbers,” the Mainz 05 midfielder replied.

 

Korea’s coach, Hong Myung-Bo, was asked at the post-match press conference whether he regarded the Russians’ admission as an insult, smiled: “Actually it’s not easy for Korean players to be memorised by foreigners.”

 

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