The Seoul World Cup stadium is a football stadium, situated in Mapo-gu, Seoul in South Korea. It is the home ground of the club FC Seoul and Korea Republic national team. With a crowd capacity of about 68,000, it is known for its roof which is in the shape of a traditional Korean kite.
It was built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and was opened on 10 November 2001. It is also known as Sangam stadium.
The stadium hosted the opening game of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, featuring the teams from France and Senegal. The Senegal team proved to be too much for the French as they won the game 1-0.
Many important matches of FIFA events have been played in the Seoul World Cup stadium.
It has been a host to the 2002 World Cup games. Two group matches (France vs Senegal and Turkey vs China PR) and a semi-final (South Korea vs Germany) was played here.
In the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, two important matches were played in this stadium, the third-place match (Ghana vs Germany) and the final (Spain vs Nigeria). Nigeria won the final 3-0 in the penalties.
The 2013 AFC Champions League Final between FC Seoul and Guangzhou Evergrande was also hosted by this venue.
The most recent match was a game from the EAFF E-1 Football Championship. The match was played between Korea Republic and China PR. Wei Shihao of China scored the opening goal of the match in the 9th minute, followed by two goals by Korea, scored by Kim Shin-Wook (12’) and Lee Jae-Sung (19’).
The equaliser from China came after 57 minutes after the third goal. Yu Dabao scored the last goal of the match in the 76th minute ending the game in a 2-2 draw.