Arsenal cult hero Emmanuel Eboue’s antics in the 2010 world cup game against North Korea is something that will be remembered for a long time. A very hilarious character Emmanuel Eboue left fans in stitches as the Ivorian pretended to understand fully the North Korea tactics at the touchline.
It was a group stage encounter and the Ivorians were 3-0 up.
The North Korean captain Hong Yong-jo was called over by his team coach Kim Jong-Hun for a brief talk in the middle of the game.
The funny Eboue quickly followed Yong-jo over to the touchline and was keen to listen to the advice given to the Korean captain by his coach. Eboue never understood any single word of the language but nodded along as a sign of agreeing with the Korean coach’s instructions.
This act left fans in stitches. This iconic joke remains one of the most memorable moments in the 201O World cup tournament. In 2016 during an interview with The Telegraph, Eboue reflected on what transpired and explained what happened. He said:
“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.
“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.”
Their victory however was not enough to progress them to the next knock-out stage as they were third below Brazil and Portugal.