Ki passionate about KoreaIn the interview Ki Sung-yueng did with the Evening Chronicle, it sounded like he would have no hesitation in packing in football if a war ever happens between North and South Korea. He said he would need to call Rafa and tell him he has to go and fight to defend his family, which tells you the type of fella he is and is another insight into why Rafa used his tiny budget to buy him in the first place.
He is in a position where he could easily pay to get all his family out of Korea if hypothetically speaking a war did happen. Instead of paying to get them out he would be on the next flight there! If he has this type of personality around the squad then no wonder he has managed to battle his way into the starting lineup in recent weeks.
Every South Korean completes military service no matter how famousEvery South Korean male has to complete military service no matter how famous they are as long as they are deemed fit and able. If you're a professional athlete I cannot see any way that you can claim your not fit and able to do the military training so that option was closed to Ki and his big pal Son.
However, both of them managed to get an exemption as with Ki by winning a bronze medal at the Olympics and Son by winning the Asian Games. This doesn't mean they do no military training at all, they still have to complete basic training but it means they don't have to do nearly two years of military service.
Ki explained that he wasn't so good with guns, but better at lobbing grenades. Not sure how he could be utilised in a war, just have him charging about throwing grenades at people I suppose. He also talked about the worst part of the training was the gas attack drills. Stuck in a chamber, as you are gassed for a minute and then you must change masks with a partner. Not the type of training your average footy player goes through.
Family in the North he has never seenKi says he has family in North Korea he has never seen throughout his life, and he hopes one day that seeing them would be possible. He hopes that there will never be a war, and instead that there can one day be peace between the two countries.
His family don't know he is a professional footballer, or that he is South Korea's captain because it's not possible to watch games in the North. It must be hard knowing you have family that you can never possibly see...for some people in the world that must sound like heaven though but that's only because you've spent time with them in the first place for them to annoy you. If you had never seen some of your family ever you would like to see them at some point.
It must be a difficult situation, but I presume Ki, and the thousands of other Koreans in the same situation as him are used to it by now and plod along in life knowing how the situation is.
Ki will be looking to keep his place in the Newcastle starting lineup over Jonjo Shelvey after a couple of shaky games where he didn't look involved much and was overran by the opposition midfield. Next time he should jog out onto the field with a couple of grenades down his boxers and if he isn't winning the midfield lob some of their precision grenades on the opponent. That would keep the Toon in the Premiership no doubt.