The path that Nam-Il Kim will wander during the next few months in Holland has already been cut by his Team Korea colleague Chong-Gug Song. That means that Song’s experiences are of huge value to Kim, who is delighted to be close to his compatriot in Rotterdam. ‘The fact that Song was at Feyenoord already certainly had an influence on my decision to play in Rotterdam.’

Chong-Gug Song has managed to adapt to the Dutch lifestyle in his few short months in the Netherlands. That was mainly down to the presence of his brother and sister-in-law, admitted the Korean during the powwow with the press Thursday afternoon at the Kuip. ‘That made it all a lot easier, just like the presence of my personal therapist. It is great to have your friends around you. I spoke about it with Anderlecht player Seol, who only has his wife over here with him. He said that he was jealous of me. With that in mind I’d advise Nam-Il Kim to make sure that he is in the best of spirits during the first few months and to ensure that he has those things close to him that will make him feel happy. Because he’ll obviously end up in a completely different world here, with a completely different way of life.’ Nam-Il Kim may find that Song has blazed a trail for him in Rotterdam. Indeed, the meeting with a compatriot was a big factor in Kim opting for Rotterdam. ‘After the World Cup I followed Song and Feyenoord on TV. I liked what I saw and I became interested in the club. So you can certainly say that the fact that Song is playing here impacted my decision.’ Song in turn is in no doubt that the arrival of Kim is a big boost to Excelsior, and in time to Feyenoord too. ‘Kim is someone who can eliminate the threat of your opponent’s best player completely. He is a topper, but more than anything he’s a guy who I wouldn’t like to come up against on the pitch.’ Song was less animated about his own return to the football stadiums of Holland. ‘It is approaching and it is making me a little nervous. You always wonder how long it’ll take you to get back to the standard you were at before the injury.’
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