South Korean Women’s Soccer Team Praised For 2015 FIFA World Cup Performance
D-Bo , June 24, 2015, 8:12 a.m.
FIFA paid attention to Korea's goalkeeper in an article on Monday after Korea put up a good fight in the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. Korea advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in its history but was defeated by France, losing the chance to make it to the quarterfinals.
Kim Jung-mi is the oldest player on the national team at the age of 31. In the article titled "Brave Jung-mi shows the way for Korea," FIFA noted the resilience and fortitude Kim displayed despite a tough game.
When she was trying to clear a ball in the air in the 17th minute in a match against France on Sunday, Kim was elbowed in the face by her teammate Park Eun-sun. Kim fell to the ground and was unable to stand up for several minutes. Later in the match, Kim collided head first with France's Wendie Renard, having her cheekbone bruised and swollen.
"On both occasions the brave Jung-mi dusted herself down and got on with the game," wrote FIFA. “It's not as bad as it looks," Kim was quoted as saying by FIFA, as she was "clutching a bag of ice to her bruised right cheek."
"As Jung-mi showed in picking herself off the floor not once but twice, however, Korea has what it takes to ride the blows and come back stronger." FIFA concluded.
After an impressive showing at the World Cup, team members are expected to get W550 million bonus for advancing to the round of 16. In 2003, when Korea qualified for the World Cup for the first time, a bonus of W300 million was given. An official at the Korea Football Association said that it will discuss the matter in a board meeting next month.