‘Deep down’: Rivalry between Koreas, Japan transcends sports

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) As South Korea’s national soccer coach prepared to play Japan in a 1954 World Cup qualifier, President Syngman Rhee, who’d been liberated, with the rest of Korea, from Japan’s brutal colonial rule in 1945, had some advice should the Koreans lose: "Don’t think about coming back alive," he supposedly told the coach. "Just throw yourself into the Genkai Sea." There are sports rivalries, and then there’s Korea vs.

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