N/KOREA OUT OF ASIAN CUP RUNNING

North Korea are out of the running for the 2023 Asian Cup tournament in China after withdrawing from the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. North Korea won’t be able to participate at the next edition of the Asian Cup in China since the World Cup qualifiers are part of the qualifying rounds for China 2023.


For the World Cup qualifiers, North Korea were drawn bye into the second round where they were drawn in Group H. The North Koreans were drawn in the same group as rivals South Korea, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan in the second round of the Asian qualifiers for next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament. Continue reading “N/KOREA OUT OF ASIAN CUP RUNNING”

SOUTH KOREA MAINTAIN UNBEATEN RUN

South Korea have maintained their unbeaten run at the start of the Asian qualifiers ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament. The South Koreans are presently at the third stage of the Asian qualifiers alongside several teams on their continent and they are unbeaten in four games.


South Korea have been drawn in Group A alongside the likes of Iran, Lebanon, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Syria and Iraq. In their latest game in the group, South Korea played out a 1-1 draw at the home of Iran. After a goalless first half during the game played on Tuesday, Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-Min gave the visitors the lead three minutes after restart and they were heading to an important win until former Brighton and Hove Albion forward AlirezaJahanbakhshscored the equaliser for Iran with fourteen (14) minutes remaining on the clock. Continue reading “SOUTH KOREA MAINTAIN UNBEATEN RUN”

SPURS STAR SON REVEALS WHY HE IS NOT YET MARRIED

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Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-Min Son has revealed the reason why he is yet to get married and it is somewhat an interesting one. The Korean international forward has been one of the most important players at Tottenham in the last couple of years and has, alongside Harry Kane, been one of the most impressive players in the English Premier League as well. His contributions to Tottenham in recent times have not gone unnoticed and even though a lot of people have stated that he is good enough to play for a club bigger than Tottenham, he has not let the remarks to get into his head and has continued to put in his best performance for the north London club.

When asked why he is not yet married, Son revealed that his father once told him that after getting married, football would no longer be the number one thing in his life and it would come after his wife first and his family. Son says he loves football and it’s the only thing that he currently thinks of. He says he wants football to remain the most important thing in his life and that he will continue to try to put in strong performances and play for his club for the next couple of years before thinking of getting married and starting a family. Continue reading “SPURS STAR SON REVEALS WHY HE IS NOT YET MARRIED”

NORTH KOREA TOP FLIGHT LEAGUE EXAMINED

The top flight league in North Korea was rebranded into the DPR Korea Premier Football League with a home-and-away format some seasons back and it was in its third season in the 2019/20 campaign before Covid-19 struck. The 2019/20 North Korea Premier Football League began in December 2019 but it didn’t end due to Covid-19. The league is yet to resume till date since it was suspended in the opening months of 2020. The league was scheduled to end in October 2020.

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10 out of the 12 teams in the league had played six games each before the league was suspended. Two teams namely Amnokgang and Sonbong played five games each before Covid-19 struck.
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NORTH KOREA CONFIRMS THEY HAVE PULLED OUT OF WORLD CUP

In what will surely come as a huge surprise to many, Asian country North Korea has confirmed that they have pulled out of participating at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar next year. The country was supposed to participate in the qualifiers for the tournament set to commence in November next year but announced earlier in May that they will also not be playing the qualifying fixtures. At the time of that announcement, no specific or official reason was given to explain their decision but they were also under no pressure to state their reason.

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The announcement was made public by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after the body revealed that the country refused to state its reason for coming to such a conclusion. However, there were reports that the country decided to pull out of both competitions because they were concerned about the continued spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The spread of the virus made the Asian Football Confederation instruct that the games be played in hubs instead of in actual stadiums.
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NORTH KOREA MISS OUT ON QUALIFIERS

The Asian qualifiers for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament resumed over the past week without North Korea whose previous results have been voided.  North Korea had their results voided after they withdrew from the World Cup qualifiers at the second round stage.

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North Korea had three games left to play in the second round of the qualifiers before the decision to withdraw thanks in part to the effects of Covid-19.
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NORTH KOREA DUMPS WORLD CUP QUALIFYING PLANS

North Korea have decided to pull out of their plans to participate in their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying fixtures and they have told South Korea of their decision. The information was released by some officials from South Korea, who revealed that North Korea told them of their plans and stated that the reason for the development was due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Korea are supposed to participate in the World Cup Qualifying fixtures that will be taking place next month but they have now confirmed that they will be playing no part in those games due to concerns about the coronavirus and how they want to take new measures to combat the spread of the virus.
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N/KOREA: WORLD CUP 2022 QUALIFYING CAMPAIGN

North Korea were one of the teams drawn bye into the second round of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) section. North Korea and all the other countries in Asia were drawn bye into the second round except 12 countries.

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The aforementioned 12 countries featured in the first round. The 12 countries were Mongolia, Macau, Laos, Malaysia, Bhutan and Cambodia. The other first round participants include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Timor-Leste and Guam.At the end of the first round, six teams moved into the second round and they are Mongolia, Bangladesh, Guam, Sri Lanka, Cambodiaand Malaysia.
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ULSAN HYUNDAI CONFIRM THE SIGNING OF GEORGIA MIDFIELDER

Korean Football League outfit Ulsan Hyundai have confirmed that they have captured the permanent signing of Georgia international midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili. The club who are the current holders of the AFC Champions League they won in 2020 made the confirmation on their official website as they revealed that they have signed the 28-year-old playmaker who will now be expected to be an impact signing for the club.

Valeri is joining the club from US Major League Soccer giants San Jose Earthquakes and has a great goal-scoring record for Georgia after scoring 11 goals in as many as 53 games for his country since earning his first cap for the national team side back in 2014. He is now the most recent foreign player to be joining the league and the club with the new season kicking off after Austrian international striker Lukas Hinterseer completed his own move to the club in the past month.
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Liverpool could have signed North Korean star, reports

There are widespread reports that Liverpool could have signed their very first North Korean football star, as the Reds were close to completing the signing of Han Kwang Song, according to ISM Academy coach, Mauro Costorella.Kwang Song is easily one of the biggest names in North Korean football and he recently made the switch to Qatari outfit Al-Duhail. The striker was able to grab international headlines after making the switch to Juventus in 2020. However, his spell with the club was short lived – only six days – as he made the switch toQatari outfit Al-Duhail.


The striker clearly is one of the talented players from North Korea. He started his career with Cagliari and spent two seasons with the club before moving onto the Italian champions on a permanent basis. Juventus were persuaded to make the signing after seeing enough talent from the young striker during his time on loan with the under 23 team of Juventus, who plays in the Italian Serie C. Continue reading “Liverpool could have signed North Korean star, reports”