Video: South Korea treated to Psy 'Gangnam Style' cheer
South Korean rapper Psy performs in Seoul
South Korean rapper Psy performs during a public screening before the 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match between South Korea and Russia, in Seoul June 18, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Eslam Omar
Wednesday 18 Jun 2014
South Korean rapper showcases new hit song before crowds in Seoul ahead of the national's teams World Cup opener against Russia

South Korean rapper Psy performed on Wednesday in the capital Seoul in a public concert before the national team's World Cup opener.

Korea were held to a 1-1 draw against Russia in a Group H match.

"The Korean soccer team did really well. It was a wonderful match,” Psy said after the game.

Before the game, the rapper performed his new song Champion, which he said was inspired by the Red Devils and the "cheering crowds" during the 2002 World Cup, which was held jointly in South Korea and Japan.

South Korean rapper PSY
South Korean rapper PSY,center, performs before at a public viewing venue in Seoul (Photo: AP)

"At that time, my career as a singer was going downhill, but this song saved me. However popular Gangnam Style is, Champion is the best song for me,” he told the crowd.

South Korean rapper PSY
South Korean rapper PSY, center, performs at a public viewing venue in Seoul (Photo: AP)

Psy skyrocketed to international fame in summer 2012 with his record-breaking hit Gangnam Style, which over 2 billion views on YouTube, making it the site's most-watched video.

South Korea is to play Algeria on 23 June and Belgium on 27 June.


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