Unsung Heroes of Korea's World Cup Bid Stock Up for Success

      May 08, 2014 10:22

      As Korea's national football players go through two shorts and jerseys per match, the total weight of the kits and clothing being hauled to next month's World Cup in Brazil stands at a whopping 3.5 tons.

      "This time we're bringing 10 sets of uniforms for each player," said kit manager Cha Yoon-suk.

      Cha, who is heading to his third World Cup, is part of an army of support personnel besides the coaching staff, nutritionists and team doctors who will be in South America to help the team achieve its best result at the quadrennial football showcase.

      "There are over 40 types of clothing, ranging from official uniforms to workout clothes, windbreakers, raincoats and T-shirts," said Cha. This time he has prepares clothes for all seasons as Brazil has various climate zones.

      Food is another important factor to help the players perform well. A veteran cook with 18 years' experience, Kim Hyung-chae plans to bring 700 kg of food from Korea including condiments, kimchi and dried fish. Meat and fresh fish will be purchased locally.

      "For each meal, I'll serve two main dishes as well as six to seven side dishes," he said. "I plan to prepare over 120 kinds of main dishes, so there'll be plenty of variety."

      The players' favorite dish is kimchijjigae or spicy Korean stew. Kim normally serves it on post-match days, while on the eve and morning of games he avoids overly spicy or heavy meals and prepares vegetable dishes with soy bean soup.

      Hwang In-woo takes care of the players' medical needs. He is taking 150 more medical supplies to Brazil than he took to the 2012 London Olympics, bringing the total number of items to over 500.

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