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Only Korean in Croatian Football: “I love Ćevapi”

CroatiaThe only Korean playing professional football in Croatia has spoken to daily Jutarnji list about his time in Croatia, his love for the place, and especially Croatian wine and food..

South Korean left back Chung Woon (24), who joined Croatian first division side Istria 1961 in 2013, was initially a target for Hajduk Split and after his first half season in Croatia he says he couldn’t be enjoying it anymore.

“I am living good, I have nothing to complain about. Pula is a beautiful city, the people are nice and approachable. I mix with the other players, go for coffee, summer we hang out too. My english is getting better so its easier now but I am trying to learn Croatian too, I really am trying but it is not easy,” Woon said, before adding that he is a big fan of Croatian cuisine.

“Croatian cuisine is super. I especially love ćevapi. I will be bringing some Croatian wine back to Korea, it is excellent, I have not tried anything better.”

Woon, who has scored once in 21 appearances so far this season, says that apart from Pula, he thinks Split is a beautiful city. So what does he think the difference between football in Korea and Croatia is?

“In Korea it is all about speed, most players are fast. I think in Croatia individual technique and physical power is better, and there is more freedom in play,” concluded Woon. (pic: Sport Istra)

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