Trickery: Spying, number switches by Sweden and South Korea

first_imgSouth Korea’s Son Heung-min sits as he arrives for South Korea’s official training on the eve of the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Sweden coach Janne Andersson makes no bones about spying on South Korea’s training sessions ahead of their game at the World Cup.The South Koreans responded by swapping players’ numbers around to confuse the Swedish “spy” because, in the words of coach Shin Tae-yong, “it’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Surveillance and misdirection has been a big part of the buildup to the Group F game in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.That’s because both teams probably recognize how crucial their opener is with tougher tests later in group play in Russia against defending champion Germany and Mexico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAndersson apologized to the South Koreans on Sunday over an incident at South Korea’s pre-World Cup training camp in Austria, where a member of the Swedish coaching staff got into a closed Korean training session and was told to leave. The Swedish staffer thought the training session was open, Andersson said, and left when asked.He still tried to gather as much information on the Korean drills as he could. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sol Mercado thinks Paul Lee elbow not on purpose, hopes injury just a bruise Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial South Korea’s response to the Swedish “spy”, as Shin referred to him, was to change the numbers the players wore in their warmup games.Shin’s reasoning behind that was that although South Korea has Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, many of the players play in the Asian leagues and aren’t well-known worldwide. So, swapping numbers will make sure the Swedes can’t easily identify a player by number.“We wanted to confuse the Swedish team. Yes, that’s why we did that,” Shin said. “We heard that there was a Swedish spy.”Asked if he had more “hidden tricks” for the game, Sweden’s Andersson responded: “Hidden tricks are only hidden tricks if they are hidden.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He watched from more of a distance as a result,” Andersson said.Andersson didn’t comment on allegations that the Swedish staffer in question, Lars Jacobsson, rented a house across the road from the Korean training ground in Austria so he could watch them work out.He did say Sweden analyzes every opponent — mostly by watching their games — and it’s fairly routine, but “it’s very important that we show respect for opponents, always and in every way. If it has been perceived in another way, we apologize.”He needn’t have worried too much about apologizing as South Korea’s Shin recognized that at the World Cup, every team will try and get an edge.“You always want to know about the opponent,” Shin said through a translator. “That’s something that we do as part of the staff. I don’t think that that’s bad. We have to understand our opponents. So that’s part of the job that we do.”ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ View commentslast_img read more