Interview: Kevin Oris

This week we had the pleasure to interview Kevin Oris, a Belgian player who is earning his stripes in Asia. His best seasons were at Meerhout and Antwerp FC where he scored 42 goals (in 36 games, Meerhout) and 38 goals (in 77 games, FC Antwerp).

Kevin Oris (°1984, striker) began his career at KAAC Olen when he was 18 years old. Afterwards he played respectively for Lyra, Sint Niklaas, Meerhout, Roeselare, KVSK United, RAEC Mons and Antwerp FC before moving to Asia.

In 2012 Kevin Oris moved to South Korea where he scored 16 goals in 37 games and became the star of the team. Oris Incheon

Only 1 season later he moved to the South Korean topclub Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors where he played in the Asian Champions League, where he scored in his first game. Later in 2013 his team lost the South Korean cupfinal and he ended up scoring 14 goals in 31 games.

In 2014 he moved to the Chinese Super League where he played for Liaoning Whowin. He only played 9 games and managed to score a goal (in his first game).

This year, 2015, he moved back to South Korea where he now plays for Incheon United. He scored 2 goals in 16 games until today.

When we take a look at the amount of spectators in South Korea we find them rather low, For example Busan plays for an avarage crowd of 4K in  a stadium with the capacity of 54k. Do you have an explanation for it?

That are the spectators that pay for their ticket. Normally the stadiums are way more crowded, mainly because whole organistations are invited to watch the game. The clubs where I played for like Jeonbuk and Incheon attract more supporters. Another reason is that many games are played during the week. Therefore the attandances are lower than in a weekend fixture.


Can you describe the atmosphere in South Korean stadiums? Is it comparable with the atmopshere in Belgium?

A lot of ‘mindless’ yelling/screaming, probably because visiting a football game is a sort of family trip in South Korea. It’s fair to say that in comparison with Belgium the atmosphere is not that fanatic.

How are the training facilities and dressing rooms in South Korea? Are there any differences in comparison with Belgium?

The facilities in South Korea are fantastic. The training grounds are great, you should ‘google’ the club house of Jeonbuk Hyundai, which is truly amazing. They have indoor training pitches and there are also good revalidation facilities. It’s way better than at my former clubs in Belgium.


How would you describe your daily life in Asia? Do you recognize more appreciation?

Yes, as footballer in South Korea you receive a lot of appreciation, it is almost something magically like. The people always want to treat you well and really appreciate it a lot when you make time for them.

From Jeonbuk you transferred to Chinese Super League side Liaoning. The attendances in China are higher then in South Korea. Was it therefore more impressive to play in China then in South Korea?

Yes indeed, in China there were more spectators. But like I said, when I played for Jeonbuk we also had a nice amount of spectators. Especially in the big games, like against Seoul, Suwon and Ulsan we attracted arround 30.000 spectators and the atmosphere in those games was great.

Oris Antwerp

What is for you personally the most beautiful stadium you played in? And can you tell us why?

The three most beautiful stadiums in Asia I played in are: Guangzhou Evergrande, Deajeon Citizen and Seoul FC. But the most magically and historically place for me stays the Bosuil Stadium (R Antwerp FC), It breaths so much history and the crowd is fantastic, incomparable with any team in Asia!