“I’m a senior in high school, but I’m here to cheer you on.” The shy smile of an ATM fan.

The scholastic ability test and heatwave warnings issued across the country were not enough to dampen the passionate fan spirit.

Team K-League and Atletico Madrid, 스포츠토토 made up of 22 K-League All-Stars, will face off in a friendly match in the Coupang Play Series at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8:00 pm on the 27th. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo and Daegu coach Choi Won-kwon lead the team K-League as a manager and coach, respectively. This is Atletico’s first visit to Korea.

It is a match that opens the door to the Coupang Play series. The series starts with the first match between Team K-League and Atletico, the second match between Atletico and Manchester City on the 30th, and the third match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Jeonbuk Hyundai on the 3rd of next month.

Three hours before the start of the game, the Seoul World Cup Stadium was full of crowds. As 66,000 seats were quickly sold out within 28 minutes of ticket sales, not only fans wearing K-League club uniforms but also fans wearing Atletico uniforms could be found.

Although it was hot, with a perceived temperature of over 32 degrees, fans’ expressions were full of anticipation. There were also many fans who went to the cooling zone to receive cool water and fans. As it is a festival for all soccer fans, not only K League 1 and K League 2, but also Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan’s uniforms embroidered the stadium in various colors. 

Lee Seo-jeong (21) and Lee Jun-seo (19), siblings who came by train from Daejeon, were also full of excitement at the thought of meeting Atlético players in person. Jun-seo, a long-time Atletico fan, said with a shy smile, “I’m a senior in high school, but I’m here to cheer.”

Jun-seo has already been an Atletico fan for 7 years. He said, “I fell in love when I saw him reach the European Football Federation Champions League final in the 2015-2016 season. In the past, I liked Antoine Griezmann the most, but now I like Yannick Carrasco the most.”

However, the main character of the uniform marking Junseo wore was Marcos Llorente. He said, “I bought a Llorente jersey because of the multiple goals against Liverpool.” “I think Atletico will win 3-2 today. I hope Memphis Depay scores a goal today.

Seo Jeong, who wore the old Fernando Torres uniform, was actually a K-League fan. She burst into laughter, saying, “I’m a Jeonbuk fan. My younger brother really likes Atletico. Because of him, I got to know Atletico.”

Mr. Seo Jeong was also in a state of permeating Atlético before he knew it. She predicted, “Llorente is the best at Atlético. I want to see Llorente score goals.” 

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