Last month we went to World Cup Stadium and took in a friendly match between Korea and the Netherlands. Korean fans gained a reputation during the World Cup they hosted in 2002 as polite, knowledgeable, and extraordinarily vocal. This tradition carries on unabated; while the home side was soundly thrashed by one of the world's top national teams, we were entreated to 90-plus minutes of chanting, singing (Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", with Korean lyrics, sung by 67000 scarf-waving maniacs), screaming, and thunder sticks. During the national anthem, a giant flag was unfurled and made to dance in time to the music.

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