South Korea's creative tactic to confuse World Cup spy

Difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians’ – S. Korea coach on number-switch tactics

"All of the others played in numbers a little bit confusing, that's why we switched the numbers", Shin Tae-yong said.

"They might know a few of our players but it is very hard for westerners to distinguish between Asians and that's why we did it", he added wryly.

Shin Tae-yong puts his side through their paces at training.

It sounds amusing, but there might be something to it.

In a press conference Sunday, Shin explained the unusual tactic he'd employed against spies from the Swedish team: He'd had his team members swap jersey numbers for the warmup games, in hopes that scouts would confuse the players for one another. The ruse was unsuccessful and Jacobsson was asked to leave.

South Korea dictates the pace from the beginning, gets an early goal from Son Heung-Min and finish it off in the second half. The Swedes admitted to sending a scout to set up shop in a house in the mountains near South Korea's training base in Austria, from where he spied on their training sessions using a high-end telescope and video camera.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said scoping out opponents was all part of the preparations
Sweden coach Janne Andersson said scoping out opponents was all part of the preparations

Although, there are also claims Jacobsson had rented a house across the road from the Korean's training ground in order to observe the team.

"All coaches probably feel their opponent are always spying on them", said Shin. "We have to analyze the other team and we do what we can to win the match, so I think it's perfectly natural for us to try to understand the other team".

South Korea's coach has come up with a creative way to confuse a spy from Sweden ahead of the two nations' Group F World Cup encounter.

With Sweden and South Korea both attempting to fight their way out of a competitive Group F headlined by the defending champions, Germany, and the red-hot Mexico team it lost to today, perhaps you can't blame either manager for trying to find any possible edge available to them.

"It's very important we show respect to all our opponents in all circumstances, if someone could interpret it in another way we regret it".

We'll see if Shin's inventive ploy pays off when South Korea faces Sweden in Russian Federation on Monday.


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