Korea is an ideal place to host the World Cup. Korea has world-class infrastructure including stadiums, cutting-edge technology particularly in the area of communication, and an efficient transportation system. Korea knows how to run mega sporting events such as the Olympics, Asian Games and the World Cup. As a result, Korea will need a minimum amount of financial support from FIFA in order to effectively stage the World Cup in 2022.
Koreans have a tremendous love of football. The characteristics of the Korean spirit—teamwork, commitment, competition, and passion—these are the qualities that make football such an enduring and popular sport throughout the world. Korea has experienced success on the field unmatched by any other Asian country. It is one of only 6 countries that have achieved at least seven consecutive World Cup Finals appearances.
Korea’s unique football cheering culture, as exemplified by the development of street cheering in 2002 has brought extra excitement to the games and has raised the passion for cheering to an even higher level in countries hosting the World Cup. This exciting festival atmosphere has helped inspire “Fan Fests” which were incredibly popular during the 2006 World Cup Germany and will also be a part of the upcoming 2010 World Cup South Africa. This type of enthusiastic cheering culture will continue to spread throughout the world, making the future success of the World Cup virtually undeniable.
If South Korea wins hosting rights for World Cup 2022 it will be a World Cup that succeeds in crossing the truce line between South and North Korea. It will be a World Cup that brings together people divided by politics and that may accomplish something years of diplomacy have failed to do—bringing peace and unity to the Korean Peninsula.