The Cup Winner

Industrialist, parliamentarian, and suave football diplomat who brought the World Cup to South Korea, Chung Mong Joon wants you to know he's also a jock. Flying down to southern Cheju Island from Seoul to watch a football game a week before the Cup, Chung, 50, is leaning back in his seat and pointing to his left elbow, which he banged up playing basketball. He shifts his left shoulder: crushed bones and severed tendons in a ski-racing accident. Then there's the right knee fractured by a football tackle. Pointing to a scar on his right hand, he smiles boyishly: "Street boxing." Street...

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