Truly blue soccer fans shuffled their feet along Greektown sidewalks Saturday morning to the sounds of cheering South Korea fans waving their flags outside passing car windows.
“Frustrated is the word,” Greece fan Chris Karokis said after staying up all night only to watch a 2-0 loss to South Korea.
“Our coach didn’t pick a good lineup,” Athanasios Karokis said standing next to his brother, both wrapped in Greek flags. “The Koreans were always at the right place at the right time ... hopefully we do better with Nigeria.”
Others weren’t so hopeful for the team that has never scored a World Cup goal.
“Greece was terrible. I expected them to be,” Elias Sotirakos said inside Caffe Frappe. “I followed them leading up to the game and they didn’t impress me at all.”
“They might get a goal and that’s about it,” Sotirakos added. “They’re definitely going to lose to Argentina though.”
Across Fenwick Ave., 521 bartender Mikhail Ziskos said he “wasn’t expecting too much” from his team.
If Greece fails to advance, he added, there will be some red added to his blue-and-white clothes: “U.S.A., all the way!”
“I think I woke up early for no reason,” 521 bar owner Lambros Babatsikos said, despite a packed bar for the 7 a.m. game.
“We were hoping Greece would get out of this deficit ... I’m not too optimistic they’re going to do anything.”
Moments later, Minkyu Song and his friends rode by with their windows down and South Korean flags gallantly flapping in the Greektown wind.
“This is Greece,” Song said, making a fist with his left hand after stepping out of the car.
“This is Korea,” he said, slapping his right hand over his fist. “Bam.”
“This (South Korea) squad is the best squad ever, but it wasn’t looked very highly upon,” Song said.
“I feel Korea’s going to advance into the 16th round for sure and from there, hopefully semi-finals.”
About five km west on Bloor St., South Korean fans flocked to Koreatown from across the GTA to bask in the glory of their win.
“It was great,” said Hye Jung Park, a “big fan” of Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung, who, along with Lee Jung Soo, scored the winning goals. “It was amazing.”