It was a beautifully warm evening when I watched England win their first world cup since 1966. Yes it may have been the under-20s tournament, but it was still a very cool experience and a great game.
England took the lead with a great goal before Venezuela nearly struck straight back with a free kick that hit the post. The second half was a played at a frantic pace of swinging attacks, with Venezuela awarded a (wrongly-given) penalty that was then saved by our keeper. Our star player, who has had a fair bit of game time with Tottenham controlled the midfield and looks to a future great player – he had a thunderous shot destroy the crossbar with 20 minutes left and England managed to hold out and lift the trophy. Although I didn’t actually stay to watch the trophy being lifted – we had to get across Suwon pretty quick so that we could catch our train back to Daegu.
It had been a fun day in the sun, first watching the 3rd place game between Italy and Uruguay that went to a penalty shoot-out. I was in Suwon with Tom, but after a big night out in Seoul on the Saturday he was recovering in the police tent as he couldn’t hold down any liquids. I did bump into Hodel which was a lot of fun and I found myself speaking at a slightly hyper pace having not really said much all day.
Tom and I had spent the Saturday in Seoul. One of my Korean friends, Yerim, has just moved up from Daegu and was part of an art exhibition in Gangnam, so first we went to check out that and the fancy part of the city. Afterwards we checked into our hostel and went for what turned into a bit of a crazy night out with Yerim and her friends.
Work on Monday morning was very tiring after not really sleeping the Saturday and getting back home 2am Monday morning. Speaking tests are going pretty well though – the students seem to have been studying pretty well and are breezing through them. It’s crazy to think that proper teaching is done for me now until the end of August, but that’s Korea for you!