A trip to FC Seoul’s annual battles against Suwon Bluewings leaves little doubt as to soccer’s popularity among the expatriate community. You might even find yourself thinking that you had no idea there were so many foreigners living in and around the capital. Aside from Seoul’s sanitised equivalent of the Old Firm however, the club strives to get people involved on a regular basis, with the seventh FC Seoul Expat Day just one of a number of events looking to increase the faithful around kick-off time on any given Saturday or Sunday. This month sees the club once again working in conjunction with the Seoul Global Center to offer thrills, spills and charity to the masses.
The season thus far has seen the team – led by the Adriano / Dejan combination up top – in fantastic scoring form with only one home defeat so far this season. Even that, a 1-3 reversal to Pohang Steelers, saw goal mouth action a plenty with FC Seoul forcing the issue until Pohang scored its third on a breakaway with virtually the last kick of the game. Choi Yong-soo’s charges sit top after 10 fixtures, averaging just over 2 goals a game and looking well-placed to wrestle the title away from so far undefeated Jeonbuk Motors. There’s little wrong pitch-side at the moment, and Seoulites will expect that domestic success to continue against a Jeonnam Dragons side facing the very real prospect of relegation to the K-Challenge.
The event allows fans to buy discounted tickets for the day’s events – KRW10,000 in advance or KRW12,000 on the day as well as a drink (small can of Asahi or Coke) and free snack. Tickets can be purchased in advance via the Seoul Global Center. FC Seoul also works with the center to offer entertainment outside the ground with cheerleading, pop performances and DJ sets a regular fixture. The event zone will start from 11am with the match kicking off at 2pm.
The club also gives 1,000 free tickets to multicultural families (at least one non-Korean parent), giving children the chance to attend a game at the World Cup Stadium. These children come from schools across Seoul and is part of FC Seoul’s program to reach out to children across the capital through not only events such as the Expat Day but also soccer clinics and training programs to help kids be involved in the sport. 23 children from multi-cultural families have been selected to lead the teams out on the day. And in a new twist on previous years, the Mayor of Seoul will be there to perform the ceremonial kick-off this year. Offering top flight football, a charitable focus and a sprinking of political celebrity, it’s all coming to Sangam on the last Sunday in May.
FC Seoul takes on Jeonnam Dragons this May 29 with a 2pm kick-off.
Multi-cultural families can apply for free tickets through the link below until this Friday (May 20th).
Advance ticket purchases can be collected from the Community event booth before kick-off or from the Seoul Global Center offices in Jonggak (5th floor). You can also book by ccalling 010-9368-7981 (English) Be sure to have your passport or ARC in order to buy your ticket.
Facebook link: Unofficial (Diablos link) https://www.facebook.com/events/1673218179626887/