Retired South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung through his JS Foundation successfully held the fourth Asian Dream Cup 2014 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia on June 2.
Asian Dream Cup is a charity soccer match, featuring a collaboration of Korean and world soccer stars. This event has previously been held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2011; Bangkok, Thailand in 2012 and Shanghai in 2013.
Asian Dream Cup 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia presented a friendly football match between Korean JS and Friends team against Indonesian All Stars team.
Korean team consists of Korean soccer stars including Park Ji Sung, Lee Jeong Soo, Jeong Dae Se, Gianlucca Zambrotta, Hideyuki Ujiie, Lee Kyeong Taek, and many more. Last but not least the cast of Korean popular reality show Running Man such as Ji Suk Jin, HaHa, Kang Gary, Lee Kwang Soo and Kim Jong Kook. Another cast of Running Man, actress Song Ji Hyo was also present, but not join the match.
And that Indonesian All Stars team consists of provisional line up comprising Bambang Pamungkas, Ponaryo Astaman, Firman Utina, and some Indonesian celebrities such as Rico Cepe, Ibnu Jamil and pop singer Judika.
Besides the member of Running Man, this year Asian Dream Cup bring along Korean new girlband group Crayon Pop. Member of boyband SHINee, Choi Min Ho who was initially said will join, canceled his participation in this event.
The present of those Korean pop stars become the center of attention, a magnet for this charity event. More than 20,000 spectators filled the stadium to see their idols play in a football match. Crayon Pop performed their cute dancing style in the open soccer field has made the event more merrier and filled with joy. The crowds were shouting and cheering during the match and Crayon Pop performance.
The friendly football match, JS and Friends team versus Indonesia All Stars, ended with the final score 3-2 for Indonesian team. But JS and Friends team won the heart of their fans in Indonesia anyway.
After the match event, member of Running Man expressed their feeling of amazement and thankfulness to see the enthusiasm of their fans in Indonesia. Ji Suk Jin, HaHa, Kang Gary and Lee Kwang Soo showed their happiness in pictures posted in their social media account. Haha for example, wrote “Thank You Indonesia !! I love Indonesia. Till we met again !”.
Asian Dream Cup 2014 once again has successfully held the sportainment—a combination of sport and entertainment—by involving Korean sport stars and K-pop stars. The influence of Korean wave today added contribution in bringing Korea lovers in Indonesia to come and look on in this annual event.
The proceeds from ticket sales, which range from Rp.75,000 (US$6) to 750,000 (US$60)—the VIP tickets for the training day on June 1 were on sale at Rp. 1.8 million—will go to JS charity foundation to promote soccer in the Southeast Asian region.
** All photos are courtesy of the Korean Cultural Center Indonesia