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2010 World Cup Team Previews: North Korea

World Cup 2010 Team Spotlight – Korea DPR

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The WORLD CUP FINALS had their final draw on Dec 4th, 2009. 32 teams were picked out of their respective pots and we now know the matchups for World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Need predictions for North Korea?

From the Coach

Analysis from the coach: “It was as a result of our hard work that we will return to the World Cup, 44 years after we reached last eight at England 1966. We are likely to meet European teams once more at South Africa 2010 and I hope we can repeat the feats of our predecessors.” North Korea coach Kim Jong-Hun


North Korea is making its first World Cup appearance since its miraculous run going all the way to the last eight back in 1966. In the years that followed the government banned the team from traveling abroad following defeats to both Japan and South Korea in the qualifying stages for the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

The squad returned to the international stage in 1999 but skipped the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, and failed to qualify for the 2006 tournament.

Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Ivory Coast, and Portugal

FIFA Ranking: 106
Brazil Odds to win World Cup: +100000

June 15 vs. Brazil
June 21 vs. Portugal
June 25 vs. Ivory Coast

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After spending nearly three decades off the world stage, the Fightin’ IL’s have seen a recent rival, coming close to qualifying for Germany 2006 before successfully negotiating the road to South Africa 2010.

While coach Kim Jong-Hun enjoyed great success during the qualifying rounds, he must have been disappointed to see his team drawn into the same group as Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast.

The 53-year old guided the side back to the world stage and will now be expected to take his squad to the pinnacle of world football. Given his squad largely consists of domestic-based players lacking in international experience, he will have to rely on a strong defensive approach to keep the team within striking distance of low scoring matches.

Only a few North Korean players ply their trade outside of its borders, but a handful are making names for themselves in other markets. The side’s most notable international is Jong Tae-Se, a striker plying his trade in Japan. Aiding him will be 27-year-old captain Hong Yong-Jo from Russia’s FC Rostov fame. The two will form a solid attacking force for the Fightin’ IL’s. Bet on Soccer at Sportsbook.com

Rounding out the notables are Korean-based midfielder Mun In-Guk who makes the team tick, while keeper Ri Myong-Guk’s safe hands and agility can be relied upon between the sticks.

Korea DPR seemingly came from nowhere to storm into the Asian Zone’s final round of qualifying, where they defied sizeable odds to take one of the continent’s four automatic spots at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. They disposed of Mongolia quickly in the Asian Zone’s first qualifying round, winning both home and away to earn a bye to the third round.

There they finished second in their group behind South Korea to qualify for the finals. From there they made quick work of UAE 2-1, before holding South Korea to a 1-1 draw. They fell to Iran 2-1 in the next game, but bounced back with a 1-0 home win against Saudi Arabia. Needing just a point against Saudi Arabia in the closing game to qualify, they held on for a goalless draw.

Dreams of 1966 are sure to dance in the players’ heads, but the Group G draw was about as bad as it could get for the Fightin’ IL’s. They could lose all three games.

I look for a quick exit, where the only thing North Koreans’ can hope for is doing better than South Korea.

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Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. “ Football (soccer) is a game in which a handful of fit men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise.”


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