The book was penned by a Canada-based columnist, Devon Rowcliffe, who invested a year in South Korea enjoying leading K-League matches. In his book Rowcliffe concentrated on the success of Busan IPark when it was headed by Scottish supervisor Ian Porterfield.

From Park Ji-Sung to Son-Heung-min – South Korea has given the world numerous gifted football gamers, however leading athletes from other countries have shied away from playing for the country’s clubs due to Seoul’s tensions with its neighbour North Korea, says a brand-new book called “Who Consumed All the Squid? Football Experiences in South Korea”. The book covers the early 2000s, when the DPRK was run by Kim Jong-il.

According to author Devon Rowcliffe, footballers were scared of playing in South Korea due to Pyongyang’s bellicose rhetoric towards its southern neighbour.

” There was rather a bit of tension – there were problems with North Korean test firing missiles, threatening they were establishing nuclear weapons. The leader then was Kim Jong-il. He was shooting off missiles frequently to rattle the western world. I’m pretty sure it was in the back of the mind for a great deal of foreign gamers”, wrote Rowcliffe.

He keeps in mind that if gamers expressed a desire to play in South Korea, they most likely picked to bet clubs that were located in the south of the country, further from the border with North Korea.

” Among the benefits of remaining in Busan in the south east was you were in the part of Korea which was the outermost from North Korea. All of the clubs location based in Seoul and they are extremely near North Korea”, wrote Rowcliffe.

His book concentrates on the success of Busan IPark when it was coached by Ian Porterfield, who when led Chelsea. Porterfield handled to draw players from the English Premier League to Busan. In 2004, the club won South Korea’s FA Cup.

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North Korea and South Korea are still technically at war as the 1950-1953 conflict ended without a peace arrangement, however an armistice. Relations between both sides improved following Donald Trump’s push to normalise relations with Pyongyang. The Republican developed great relations with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Kim’s sis Kim Yo-jong attended the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s Pyeongchang, while popular female K-pop band Red Velvet two times carried out in North Korea.

Relations in between the 2 neighbours deteriorated as soon as again after Pyongyang damaged an inter-Korean liaison workplace, utilized as a de-facto embassy between the 2 nations and cut off interaction with Seoul.