Popularity is alive… Hiddink responded ‘mask joke’ to cheers at the arrival hall

picture explanationGuus Hiddink (76), former coach of the Korean national football team, arrived at the arrival hall at Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 on the 28th. [사진 출처 = 연합뉴스]

Guus Hiddink (76), former coach of the Korean national football team, who led the Korean national team to the semifinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, visited Korea on the afternoon of the 28th. It is the first visit to Korea in 20 years and four years since the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup was held.

Hiddink, who entered the arrival hall of Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 with his girlfriend, said to reporters, “I had a good time in Korea 20 years ago.”

He waved at the audience and joked about raising the mask to the center of his face.

On that day, some airport passengers found Hiddink and cheered him on by shouting his name one after another.

Also, former coach Hiddink found Jeon Han-jin, secretary-general of the Football Association, who served as his interpreter at the scene in 2002, and hugged him.

Former coach Hiddink hugged Lee Cheon-soo after defeating Spain in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup [사진 출처 = 연합뉴스]

picture explanationFormer coach Hiddink hugged Lee Cheon-soo after defeating Spain in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup [사진 출처 = 연합뉴스]

He came to Korea to attend the ‘2022 KFA Football Festival’, which will be held from the 1st to the 6th of next month to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Korea-Japan World Cup.

Hiddink will stay in Korea until the 7th of next month and attend various events. On the 2nd of next month, he has a luncheon with the players from the Korea-Japan World Cup as well as officials from the tournament organizing committee, and on the 3rd, he participates in a conference to convey his coaching know-how.

In the ‘2002 Legend All-Star Game’, which will be held at the auxiliary stadium of the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 3 pm on the 5th of next month, he will go back to 20 years ago and direct his disciples. In addition to Jeonbuk Hyundai Advisor Park Ji-seong, Gangwon FC CEO Lee Young-pyo, and Korea Football Association Vice Chairman Kim Byung-ji will attend.

Hiddink personally visited Korea several times during that time, but this is the first time he has visited Korea for an official schedule since February 2018, when he came to work for the Guus Hiddink Foundation.

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