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Whenever you bring together dozens of different countries from around the globe, there’s gonna be some cross-cultural confusion.

And if you’re South Korean coach Shin Tae-yong, you figure out how to work that to your advantage.

In a press conference Sunday, Shin explained the unusual tactic he’d employed against spies from the Swedish team: He’d had his team members swap jersey numbers for the warmup games, in hopes that scouts would confuse the players for one another. 

“It’s very difficult for Westeners to distinguish between Asians, and that’s why we did that,” Shin explained, as quoted by ESPN. Read more…

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