- Comedian Lee Hwi Jae is planning to enter Korea’s amateur soccer league, K3, next year. A source said that Lee wants to try playing on a bigger stage before it’s too late. Lee currently plays on a celebrity soccer team as well as a celebrity baseball team.
- Entertainer Bi (aka Rain), Seoul mayor Oh Se Hoon, and soccer player Park Ji Sung kicked off the ‘Infinitely Yours, Seoul’ charity event on July 23 at Hangang Citizen’s Park. Along with members of Manchester United, Bi and Park Ji Sung lent their star power for a charity event. Youth from Boys Town, a Catholic-run youth centre, were invited to participate in a soccer clinic run by Park Ji Sung, Gary Neville, Dimitar Beratov, Johnny Evans, and others. A charity bazaar for children’s organizations was held shortly after, with signed memorabilia and Bi’s Six to Five collection up for grabs.
- Viewers will see Korea’s 2002 World Cup star Ahn Jung Hwan shake hands with Joo Jin Mo on the first episode of Dream. However, the two actually never filmed together. The drama crew photoshopped images of various professional athletes to appear as if they were entering a contract with Nam Je Il (Joo Jin Mo’s character), who is Korea’s top sports agent. Dream premieres on July 27 on SBS.
- Bi held ‘2009 Rain’s Global Fan Meeting in Seoul’ for 3000 fans on July 26. With the concept of ‘Rain Theater’, close friend Kim Je Dong hosted the event. Kim Tae Woo (g.o.d) was the featured guest. Members of Bi’s fan club, the Clouds, also prepared a cake and a pile of presents to belatedly celebrate his 27th birthday.