Worrying Busan A match, should Taegeuk Warriors, ‘worth 250 billion won’, play in an unsuitable stadium… Roof repair is also not 100%

Busan Asiad Main Stadium is unsuitable for A-match.

The Korea Football Association confirmed and announced Busan as the venue for a friendly match against Peru on the 16th of next month. A match is scheduled to be held in Busan in about 3 years and 6 months after the East Asian Cup in December 2019.

There is a cause안전놀이터 Busan is the second largest city in Korea, but it was far from hosting an A match. It is said that the East Asian Cup was held, but this tournament was held without a European faction. Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), the signboard of the national team at the time, did not participate. A matches are held mainly in the metropolitan area, but recently they have also been held in large cities such as Daejeon and Ulsan. Local arrangements are necessary even for local fans’ viewing rights.

In addition, the current government and companies are contributing to the 2030 Busan Expo. If Korean superstars such as Heung-Min Son, Min-Jae Kim (Napoleon), and Kang-In Lee (Mallorca) appear in Busan, they will surely generate considerable publicity. Even at the public level, the Busan A match is an event worthy of promotion.

The problem is the condition of the Busan Asiad Main Stadium, where the game will be held.

The 29th Dream Concert will be held at the Asiad Main Stadium on the 27th of this month. There is a high possibility that a large number of people will visit the stadium and damage the turf. Busan hosted an A match against Chile in September 2018, but withdrew due to serious turf conditions. Right now, the condition of the grass is not good compared to other World Cup stadiums.

Turf has a huge impact on performance. Of course, players are sensitive to the condition of the grass. Currently, the main players of the national team are playing in advanced countries such as England, Italy, Germany and Spain. These are the countries with the highest level of stadium turf conditions. Recently, in the K-League, he puts effort into lawn management and plays in a better environment than in the past. If the turf conditions remain substandard, it can interfere with players’ play. It can be a hindrance to performing at your best.

A soccer official said, “When players come to the stadium, they first check the condition of the grass. It is very sensitive and considers it important. Representative players are even more so. So does the director. The grass has now become a very important element of A-match.”

Busan Asiad Main Stadium. offer | Korea Football Association

Players of the Korean national soccer team, including Son Heung-min, walk around the ground with regretful expressions and greet the fans after losing 1-2 in the evaluation match between the Republic of Korea and Uruguay national teams held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 28th. 2023.03.28. Sangam | Reporter Kang Young-jo kanjo@sportsseoul.com

There is another reason why this stadium is unsuitable for international competitions. According to Association International Competition Approval and Operation Regulations Article 18 (Stadium and Additional Facilities), the grass area must be at least 1.5m from the touch line and goal line, and the safety area must be at least 5m. Currently, it is difficult to say that the Asiad Main Stadium meets this condition. There is grass up to 1.5m away from the line, so there is no problem in the grass area, but the track is exposed right outside the grass. The association explained that the track falls under the ‘safe zone’ stipulated in the regulations because the distance between the line and the billboard is 5 meters, but officials at the site disagree.

A K-League official who managed the stadium where the A match was held recently said, “There is an ambiguous part in the track as a safe zone. If a runner runs fast and loses control of his speed near the line, he is likely to fall onto the track and suffer serious injury. It’s an accident that can happen enough during the game. Because the athlete cares about this part, it interferes with sprinting. So most World Cup stadiums plant grass at least 3-4m away from the line. Some fields are planted up to 5 m. The grass section at Busan Stadium is too short. It seems to be a dangerous environment for the players.”

The association said it would recommend the installation of artificial turf due to cosmetic problems, but the problem remains that unless it is a natural turf that is directly connected to the pitch, it will not be of great help to player safety.

Now our national team players have reached the level of world recognition. According to Transfermarkt, a media specializing in the European transfer market, the market value of the Korean national team reaches 174.83 million euros (approximately 254.8 billion won). Son Heung-min alone is worth 60 million euros (approximately 87.4 billion won). Kim Min-jae (50 million euros), Lee Kang-in (15 million euros), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton, 12 million euros), Hwang Ui-jo (FC Seoul, 5 million euros), Lee Jae-seong (Mainz 05, 4 million euros), Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos, 3.5 million euros) boasts a ransom of hundreds to billions of won. It is meaningful as a player representing the country, but there is no choice but to acknowledge the value of an individual player.

However, if they get hurt while playing on a substandard pitch or poor quality grass, the Korea Football Association, which hosted the match, and Busan City, which is responsible for managing the grass, will face an unmanageable level of criticism and criticism.

Fans watching the game can also be exposed to danger. Currently, nine roofs of the Busan Asiad Main Stadium are damaged and blown away due to Typhoon Mysak in 2020. According to the association, it is impossible to completely repair the roof until the A match. If it rains while only a partial return is possible, the damage will go back to the fans.

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