ASIAN CUP: BEST N/KOREA PERFORMANCE REVEALED

North Korea have played five times at the AFC Asian Cup till date and their best performancewas finishing fourth place at the 1980 edition of the AFC Asian Cup in Kuwait. The North Koreans were drawn in Group A alongside Syria, Iran, Bangladesh and China PR.

The North Koreans began their campaign in Group A with a 3-2 win over Bangladesh thanks to the brace from Choi Jae-pil. The goals from Jae-pil within a minute gave North Korea a 2-0lead at the halftime interval. Kazi Salahuddin pulled one back for Bangladesh on the hour mark before Kim Jong-man scored for the North Koreans with two minutes left to play to re-establishtheir two-goal lead. Ashraf Chunnu reduced the deficitfor Bangladesh on the stroke of fulltime to ensure the game ended with a one-goal win for North Korea. Continue reading “ASIAN CUP: BEST N/KOREA PERFORMANCE REVEALED”

N/KOREA: 1966 WORLD CUP EXAMINED

North Korea made history by becoming the first Asian nation to move past the group stage at the World Cup during the 1966 edition in England. The North Koreans made their mark at the tournament despite the fact that they were making their World Cup debut. North Korea were in Group D alongside Chile, Soviet Union and Italy. They were the only Asian representative at the tournament.


The North Koreans began their maiden World Cup tournament on a bad note after they were thrashed 3-0 by the Soviet Union. Eduard Malofeyev was the star of the show with two goals and one in each half, while AnatoliyBanishevskiy scored the other goal. Malofeyev and Banishevskiy scored within two minutes in the first half with the second Soviet Union goal from the latter coming on 33 minutes. Malofeyev was responsible for the first and last goal of the game with the last one coming two minutes from the final whistle. Continue reading “N/KOREA: 1966 WORLD CUP EXAMINED”

HOW S/KOREA QUALIFIED FOR QATAR 2022

South Korea have already booked their place in this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. They would be making their 11th appearance at the World Cup stage when hostilities start at Qatar 2022. Their Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification journey began when they were drawn bye in the first round of the qualifiers in the Asian region. They were one of 34 teams to move from the first round to the second round in the Asian region without kicking a ball.


In the second round of the Asian qualifiers for this year’s World Cup tournament, South Korea were drawn in Group H alongside rivals North Korea, Turkmenistan, Lebanon and Sri Lanka. They had to officially play six matches in the group after North Korea withdrew from the qualifiers. The five matches played by North Korea in the group before they took the decision were cancelled including the goalless draw at home to South Korea. At the end of the campaign in Group H, South Korea led with 16 points and six more points than Lebanon in second place, while Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka finished in third and fourth spot with nine points and zero point respectively. Continue reading “HOW S/KOREA QUALIFIED FOR QATAR 2022”

                           A GOOD MATCHWEEK FOR ASEAN CLUBS IN THE ACL

Matchweek 2 of the 2022 AFC Champions League’s East Zone group stage turned out to be an excellent outing for the tournament’s ASEAN representatives. Three teams – Thailand’s BG Pathum United, Singapore’s Lion City Sailors, and Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim – managed to stun South Korean opposition, while Hoang Anh Gia Lai managed to force Australian giants Sydney FC into a 1-1 draw.


On Monday, BGPU took on defending Korean FA Cup champions Jeonnam Dragons at the BG Stadium. Fresh off beating another Southeast Asian team in Filipino titans United City FC, K-League 2 side Jeonnam were confident that they could snatch three more points off BGPU. However, after a goalless first half, the South Koreans were stunned in the 51st minute after Worachit Kanitsribumphen managed to stir some trouble in the Dragons’ defense, enabling Pathompon Charoenrattanapirom to finish things off from several yards out to give BGPU the lead. Continue reading ”                           A GOOD MATCHWEEK FOR ASEAN CLUBS IN THE ACL”

WHY N/KOREA WILL MISS ASIAN CUP

North Korea would be one of the major absentees when hostilities begin at the 2023 Asian Cup in China. The tournament is in its 18th edition and this will take place in ten stadiums across cities in China from June 16, 2023 to July 16, 2023. In total, the tournament will take place in ten Chinese cities. Qatar are the defending champions and 23 teams will join the World Cup hosts to fight for the latest edition of the Asian Cup next year.


The first two rounds of the qualifiers for the 2023 Asian Cup in China also doubled as the first two rounds of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. To this effect, North Korea were unable to qualify for the Asian Cup after withdrawing from the World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022 in the Asian section. North Korea dropped out of the first two rounds of qualifiers for both Qatar 2022 and China 2023 due to concerns over the Covid-19 Pandemic. Continue reading “WHY N/KOREA WILL MISS ASIAN CUP”

S KOREA CLOSING IN ON WORLD CUP SPOT

South Korea are a few wins away from securing their spot at next year’s World Cup tournament in Qatar. The South Koreans are closing in on a Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup spot as one of the top two teams in Group A in the third round of the Asian qualifiers for the tournament.

The South Koreans started their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign in the second round of the Asian qualifiers after they were drawn bye in the first round. South Korea were drawn in the same group as North Korea, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan and Lebanon. Continue reading “S KOREA CLOSING IN ON WORLD CUP SPOT”

TOTTENHAM STAR SON SAYS CLUB EYEING TOP FOUR SPOT

Following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santos from the Tottenham Hotspur managerial role, the London club were looking lost. They were looking like a side that needed some motivation, with a couple of their players not finding their best form. Star striker Harry Kane, particularly, was struggling to find his goalscoring boots and it really hurt the whole team. Fellow attacker Heung-Min Son was also a shadow of himself and there were a couple of calls from fans that club owner Daniel Levy should bring in a top manager if any change has to be made.

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It looked like Levy heard the voice of the fans as he plotted the appointment of Antonio Conte. The Italian manager was out of job shortly after leaving last season’s Italian Serie A champions Inter Milan and he was the manager in charge and responsible for guiding them to the League title. Conte was brought in as the new Spurs manager in a bid to help rejuvenate and revitalize the team so they can feel motivated and perform better.
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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”