The divides of Korea met in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifier.
The game was hosted by the North and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Over 40,000 fans came out to see the game in the DRK capital city Pyongyang.
The landmark match required a lot of planning and security, considering the tensions between both sides. South Korea asked for security guarantees for players and officials before the trip was approved. Both nations met earlier for ice hockey in Gangneung before the South Korean women soccer team made the trip.
North Korea women are revered in Asia. They are three times winners of the Women’s Asian Cup and are among the top ten teams in the world based on FIFArankings. Their Southern counterparts are in 17th in the rankings.
Many expected the hosts to run away with a victory but they failed to do so. They had the chance to go ahead early in the game but they missed. It was Sung Hyang-Sim that opened the goalscoring in the injury time of the first half. They did not consolidate their lead before Jang Seul-Gi equalized following a scramble later on. Continue reading “NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA PLAY DRAW IN QUALIFIER”
Seol Ki-Hyeon is a former professional footballer who used to perform with various European clubs including: Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham, just to name a few.
He has recently been appointed as the new assistant coach of the South Korea national football team.
The technical director of the Korean Football Association is Lee Yong-soo and he revealed a few details concerning the appointment of Seol Ki-Hyeon as he said:“Having spent much of his career in Europe, Seol will be able to understand how a foreign manager works. He also brings a lot of football knowledge and experience to the table and this will be a big help to Stielike.”
Ki-Hyeon has the task of helping the head coach Uli Stielike in pushing the South Korean national side to new heights and hopefully not only make them qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup but also get past the group stages as they have struggled trying to make it past those early stages of the worldwide football competition.
The South Korean national side couldn’t make it past the group stages from 1986 until 1998. That’s a total of 4 FIFA World Cups where the Asian nation had to settle with the same position in successive tournaments.
The furthest placing that they have managed to secure was the 4th spot which occurred during the 2002 edition of the FIFA World Cup but after that, South Korea once again continued with their tendency of not making it past the group stages as they snatched that position in 2006 and in 2014. Continue reading “South Korea has appointed former Fulham player as their new assistant coach”
North Korea appointed Jorn Andersen as the coach only in May 2016, and it seems that he may be set to leave his role after less than 12 months in charge.
Continue reading “Ghana Interested in Jorn Andersen as Replacement for Grant”
South Korea coachUli Stielike said that the 2-1 win over Uzbekistan was a completely deserved victory for his team.
The late winner helps South Korea maintains a strong position in the World Cup 2018 qualification group. This was the fifth match of the Asian round of qualification.
Continue reading “StielikePleased with Comeback Victory against Uzbekistan”
The president of the apex World football body Gianni Infantino hailed the North Korean side for their victory in the Under 17 Women’s World Cup.
The victory is the second title for the North Korean side in eight years. They defeated defending champions and favourites Japan 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw. The tournament is the climax of international women’s tournament held in the Middle East, with Jordan hosting it.
Continue reading “FIFA PRESIDENT HAILS NORTH KOREA WIN”
It is not every time we get to watch such funny mistakes from players on the pitch.
Coming from a goal keeper, this one is extremely laughable. Whatever Jang Paek Ho was looking for outside his eighteen yard box, no one knows.
Continue reading “JANG PAEK HO’S LAUGHABLE MISTAKE”
South Korea has announced the team that will be representing the country in the last round of the World Cup qualifiers.
South Korea will be facing China on the first of September and then will face Syria on the 6th of September. Among the other members of the group, we have Iran, Uzbekistan, and Qatar.
South Korea has announced that five players that participated in the Olympics tournament will be in the squad. Among the most notable players, we have Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan who plays for FC Red Bull Salzburg as a striker.
Continue reading “Korea announces team for qualifiers”
South Korea will be hoping to emerge group leaders when they take on their Mexican counterparts in Group C.
Korea picked up four points from the two games played so far, while Mexico garnered same number of points but with lower goal difference.
Continue reading “KOREA BATTLE MEXICO TO LEAD GROUP AT OLYMPICS”
The North Korean team at the Olympics are happy at their matchup and will be hoping to capitalize on it when they take on their opponents at the games. The squad is set to open the men’s football tournament when they face Fiji.
Their first game is set to kick off in Salvador on Thursday, a day ahead of the opening ceremony of the 31st Summer Olympics.
Continue reading “KOREA CAN CAPITALIZE IN OLYMPICS”
There are reports that an unusual game between the North and South Korea is set to go on, despite the deeply rooted rivalry between both nations.
The state media in the North claim they had set up a steering committee for an inter-Korean workers’ football tournament to mark the 71st anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s colonial occupation in August. There were reports that the game could happen but many dismissed it seeing the hatred between both countries until the media confirmation.
Continue reading “NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA SET TO PLAY”