[Hallyupedia] Chimdae Chuggu (침대축구)

윤지현 / 차민경 인턴 / 2021-07-07 07:00:15
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by Yun Ji Hyun / Cha Min Kyung

[ENG] Running out the clock, killing the clock, time wasting

▲ This photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows player Masoud Shojaei sitting on the ground after bumping into South Korean player Kim Chang-soo in the second half of the game. 


In football, 'Chim-dae-chug-gu' is a metaphorical term that refers to the act of players from a winning team deliberately falling or pretending to be sick, in order to drag out time and prevent the opposing team to score.

The term "Chimdae Chuggu" is a compound of the words '침대·[chim-dae],' which means bed and '축구·[chug-gu],' which means football in Korean. The term was made to express how the player would lie down and play football as if they were in bed. Typical examples of Chimdae Chuggu include appearing to be very hurt just by a slight touch or spending time lying down on the field until the referee comes to check.

"Chimdae Chuggu" is criticized for violating sportsmanship as it is an act of giving up the fun of the game and focusing more on winning or losing the match.

◇ Korea and the time-wasting antics in the Middle East
Chimdae Chuggu is usually considered an act performed by Middle Eastern countries' football clubs. Out of all, the football teams from Qatar and Bahrain are especially known to be notorious for frequently use this technique.

The South Korea national football team is strong against most of the teams under the Asian Football Confederation, but seems to constantly struggle whenever it meets the Middle Eastern teams.

While there are many reasons for this, one of them is due to the time-wasting antics used by the Middle East.


▲ This file photo taken on June 18, 2013, shows Masoud Shojaei lying on the ground to take time from the final qualifying match between Korea and Iran for the 2014 Brazil World Cup held at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.

Even if Korea's national team makes an active attack in the beginning of the game, after missing a couple of goal opportunities as well as losing strength and concentration under the hot weather of the Middle East, it becomes a challenge for the team to win. On top of this, when the opponent team scores their first goal, the moves to kill the clock begin.

Due to this pattern, Korean football fans often feel frustrated and anxious while watching the team play against the Middle East.

The football clubs in the Middle East have come to use this behavior in international matches, considering it as a tactic rather than simply dragging time.

Although referees give extra time to compensate the delayed minutes, or put pressure to prevent excessive time-wasting behavior, it is still difficult to fundamentally eradicate the so-called Chimdae Chuggu.

The act of giving too much extra time can also be a problem, and if players are sick, there is a limit to visually check whether it is real or not.

Realistically, the only way to stop these antics is to gain the upper hand with overwhelming performances.

Some professionals say that the strategy of scoring the first goal and aggressively attacking the opposite team is more advantageous than passive games.

◇ Recent issue: 2022 FIFA World Cup's final Asian qualification stage
Recently, there have been growing concerns over time-wasting antics as the Korean national team have been paired with the four Middle Eastern nations at the final World Cup qualifying rounds.

As part of Group A, the Korean national team will take Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. 


▲ In this file photo from June 13, 2021, South Korean players celebrate their 2-1 win over Lebanon in the teams' Group H match in the second round of the Asian qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Goyang Stadium in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. (Yonhap)

This is the first time for South Korea to face all Middle Eastern countries as the final qualifying opponents, and this situation is currently viewed as the worst match to happen for the Korean national football team.

In fact, Paulo Bento, head coach of the South Korean men's national football team, expressed strong discontent with Lebanon's intentional time-wasting performances during the final match in the second round of the World Cup qualification last month.

On June 13, South Korea conceded the first goal in the early hours of the first half, while the Lebanon national football team players collapsed more than 10 times alone in the first half.

Although Son Heung-min won over the game with a go-ahead goal in the second half, the player was seen struggling with Lebanon's Chimdae Chuggu acts overall.


▲ Paulo Bento, head coach of the South Korean men's football team, speaks at a press conference at the National Football Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, on July 5, 2021. (Yonhap)

In a recent press conference, Bento told the reporters at the National Football Center (NFC), "Unless rules change and allow the clock to stop when the ball is out of play like in basketball, there's nothing we can do about that problem. And it's not appropriate for us to waste time thinking about variables that we can't control."



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