If you are watching or have watched the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Uruguay and South Korea, you will hardly have missed a rather curious detail about the defensive department of the Asian team. Kim is deployed in goal, while the back four is formed by Kim, Kim, Kim and Kim.
What may seem like an incredible coincidence is instead a less strange combination than one might think. Kim is in fact by far the most common surname in South Korea, so much so that a 2015 census had estimated that out of a population of about 51 million inhabitants, it was almost 11 million. We must also consider that in total there are about 300 Korean surnames, a very low figure if we consider that in Italy, for example, there are almost 350,000.
Football, World Cup 2022: why didn’t Embolo celebrate against Cameroon? Tribute to its origins
We are therefore talking about 21.5% of the total population, a figure which therefore certainly makes the possibility of finding five out of eleven in the national team less absurd. A very curious detail certainly remains the fact that the five players are exactly the ones who make up the entire defensive department, effectively making it the “Kim” department.