. . . Korean midfielder hoping his experience can benefit Swans
Ki Sung-Yueng hopes to put all his cup final experiences to good use on Sunday as Swansea City target a first major trophy.
The 24-year-old has already appeared in two finals since heading to Britain – lifting the Scottish Cup with Celtic in 2011 after scoring the opener with a stunning 25-yard strike against Motherwell.
A year later he experienced final heartbreak as Celtic lost the League Cup to Kilmarnock.
Back in his homeland, Ki lifted the League Cup title in 2006 during his time at FC Seoul.
The midfielder, who helped South Korea to a bronze medal at the Olympics last summer, now has silverware in sight with the Swans.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final with Bradford City at Wembley, the South Korean star said: “When it comes to cup finals I suppose I have mixed emotions.
“It was great to win the Scottish Cup with Celtic, especially as I scored the opening goal. The atmosphere was amazing that day, and it is a brilliant feeling to win a trophy.
“But when you lose a final, it is horrible. You never want to experience that.
“We have a chance to become the first team in Swansea City’s history to win a major trophy, and that adds even more incentive for us.
“We know how much it means to the supporters, and we want to win the trophy for them.”
Ki has already run out at Wembley, having featured for his nation at the Olympics.
He is expecting a fully-charged atmosphere at the famous stadium as over 34,000 Jacks look to cheer on Michael Laudrup and Co to glory against the Bantams.
The Swans can also count on Ki’s Korean following to lend their support, as he explains.
“Our fans make a huge amount of noise at the Liberty and also the away stadiums, so it will be amazing to hear them at Wembley for the final,” he added.
“I’ve had a lot of messages from fans in Korea too, wishing the team all the best on Sunday.
“They will all be watching the final on TV – they want to see us lift the trophy for the first time, so hopefully we can do that on Sunday.”