Dream (2023) Ending Explained – Does Hong-dae manage to get back on the national team?

Dream Plot Summary

After suffering controversy due to his behaviour, Lee Hong-dae, a national level footballer suffers embarrassment. His PR agency gets him working with a director named Lee So-min who is creating a documentary for the 2010 Homeless World Cup. So-min gets Hong-dae to coach the South Korean team as he trains them to be able to compete with other homeless teams in the world cup held at Brazil


Does Hong-dae go to Brazil with the Korean Homeless Football team?

The team competes with middle schoolers in order to perfect their game while they continue with their respective day jobs. In the meantime, Hong-dae’s public image is restored when he helps his players. The soccer team gears up to go to Brazil for their World Cup but Hong-dae’s PR agency asks him to quit coaching as his reputation had been restored. Hong-dae abandons the team at first but then decides to support the team till the end and joins them to go to Brazil. 


What happens during the first match?

After watching the Brazilian team compete for their first match, the South Korean team is worried because the players are pretty great at the sport. Hong-dae asks them to push through and compete for their first match against Costa Rica. Despite all their practice, the South Korean team loses their match against the youthful Costa Rican team. 

So-min learns that In-seon had seen someone that resembles his missing girlfriend and had gotten into a fight with the Japanese team players. Hong-dae tries to protect In-seon. Later that night, Hong-dae blames So-min for not picking competent players for the team.


What happens during the second match at the 2010 Homeless World Cup?

After Beom-soo gets injured from dancing a night before their second match, So-min asks the World Cup team for replacement players. The team sends in two Brazilians to join the South Korean team. The South Korean team scores goals based on the merit of the Brazilian players which tip off the opposite team members.


What does Hong-dae do to help his team?

By half-time, the viewers start calling out South Korea for using Brazilian players to win the game. Hong-dae decides to make the Brazilian players sit out the game while In-seon plays as the main shooter for the second half. Hong-dae motivates In-seon and asks him to focus on the game in order to impress his girlfriend who could be watching him.

Beom-soo joins as the goalkeeper despite his injury. He fights tooth and nail to defend the goals from the opposite team. During the second half of the match, with their best efforts the South Korean team score one goal based on their own merit and despite losing the match, the group wins the respect of the audience and themselves.


How does Dream end?

Despite coming in last place among all other teams with 1 win and 10 losses out of 11 games, South Korea become one of the most popular teams of the 2010 Homeless World Cup. So-min’s documentary is a success with high ratings too, while Hwan-dong’s daughter pays him a visit and introduces him to his grandson.

With a heavy heart, Hyo-bong bids farewell to Eun-hye and promises to see him soon. In-seom continues his search for his missing girlfriend. Meanwhile, Jin-ju finally warms up to Beom-soo since he was a soccer player now.

The entire team attends the South Korean football match to support Hong-dae, their coach and now their friend as he plays fiercely, scoring the winning goal himself.

 

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