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When Emmanuel Eboué Pretended To Understand North Korea's Tactics During World Cup Game

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When Emmanuel Eboué Pretended To Understand North Korea's Tactics During World Cup Game

Emmanuel Eboue will always be recognised as one of the biggest characters in the game and one of his most infamous moments came at the World Cup.

On June 25, 2010, during the Ivory Coast's final group game against North Korea, the African nation were 3-0 up going into stoppage time when coach Kim Jong-Hun proceeded to call his captain over for a team talk.

Former Arsenal full-back Eboue decided to follow the Korean number 10 to the sidelines and listen to what was going on, despite not knowing a single word of the language. He nodded and agreed before sprinting off

It remains one of the most memorable, and random, moments in World Cup history.


Six years after the hilarious incident, Eboue revealed exactly what happened in an interview with The Telegraph:

"That time, I honestly don't know what was going on in my head at the time. But people aren't going to forget about it." Eboue said.

"When their coach called his captain over, I went close to him, nodded and said, 'OK, no problem, I understand, yeah?' He said to me, 'You speak Korean?' I said, 'No, but I understand a little bit' and he was laughing.


"It was funny, it was our last game so we were at the airport the next day with the Korean players and one of them came over to me and said, 'Eboue, you speak my language?' I said, 'Yeah'.

"So he says, 'OK, how do you say 'good morning' in Korean? So I shout, 'Yang!!!' and he literally fell on the floor laughing."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Another story involving the Ivorian that went viral involved a tiger outfit and Arsenal's Christmas party at Gilberto's house.


Gilberto was celebrating his new found captaincy at the club, so Eboue decided to dress up like the the animal and hide behind a door before his teammates arrived. As you do.

Eboue shocked the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor by jumping out in a full tiger costume. He then proceeded to roar at guests on arrival.

Adebayor commented on Eboue's antics, saying: "He's funnier than some comedians on TV. Sometimes when he eats, he puts food up his nose."


But perhaps the most iconic moment during his time at Arsenal came on Member's Day 2010, when fans are given the opportunity to get autographs and meet their favourite players.

The annual event is relatively professional and in order, until the biggest character in football arrives and causes mayhem.

Eboue decided to entertain the masses by sprinting towards the ball and smash it for six.


Thank you, Emmanuel. For always making us smile in the most unexpected ways.

Topics: Football, ivory coast, Arsenal, World Cup

Jack Kenmare
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