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”

HOW NORTH KOREA BECAME GIANT-KILLERS

North Korea can’t be considered a superpower when it comes to the round leather game but that didn’t stop the Asian country from punching above its weight at the 1966 FIFA World Cup tournament on British soil. North Korea is an interesting nation mainly because of its uniqueness. North Korea is a tourism rare country and it maintains little or no contact to the outside, which could affect the nation and its football growth.


Exposure and experience are two of the major ingredients for football players and they were almost non-existent amongst the players that made the North Korea contingent for the 1966 World Cup in England. The exploits of North Korea at that tournament remain their most famous till date. North Korea became giant-killers after the qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament thus becoming the first non-European nation or non-South American nation to achieve this feat after World War II.
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N/KOREA FACINGUPHILL WORLD CUP BATTLE

 

North Korea are facing a difficult task as regards the qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar from the Asian section. North Korea are targeting just their third appearance at the FIFA World Cup tournament after their second appearance at the 2010 edition in South Africa.

North Korea made their World Cup debut at the 1966 FIFA World Cup tournament in England and they stunned a lot of football fans by reaching the quarterfinals before they were beaten 5-3 by an Eusebio-led Portugal team. Eusebio scored four goals during that game. In their previous game before meeting Portugal, North Korea stunned Italy 1-0 to secure their place in the quarterfinals when a draw would have been enough to see the Italians progress ahead of North Korea in Group 4. Continue reading “N/KOREA FACINGUPHILL WORLD CUP BATTLE”

IS SPURS’ SON UNDERRATED?

 

 

Is Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-min Son underrated in the Premier League? This is a valid question considering his consistent output over the years that has not been as celebrated. This season the Korean, from the Southern republic not the North, has continued in his fine form, scoring eight times in seven games already.

 

The Jose Mourinho-led side are already considering extending the contract with the 28-year old. He joined from the Bundesliga in 2015 and in five years is already a fan favourite. Only Harry Kane has offered more to the ‘Spurs’ brand in the last five years cumulatively. Continue reading “IS SPURS’ SON UNDERRATED?”

Kwang-Song Han leaves Juventus for Al-Duhail

 

Kwang-Song Hanhas departed Juventus without even playing a single match, as he has now joined Qatar outfit Al-Duhail. This comes as a strange decision considering that the European powerhouse intended to make the most of the North Korean’s presence. Football is becoming popular in Asia and this popularity can be boosted even further with the presence of such players. However, only a handful of Asian players like Son Heung-min have been successful.Kwang-Song Han joins in the long list of players who have failed to feature in the top division on a frequent basis.


Still only 21 years old, Kwang-Song Han made his name with a handful of North Korean clubs like Chobyong before being snapped up by Cagliari in 2017 when he was just a teenager. However, he failed to get regular gametime even at Cagliari and went out on loan to clubs like Perugia. Surprisingly, a short-term loan spell with the under-23 team of Juventus led to a €1.5 million switch on 2020. The striker made his switch to the first-team at the start of the campaign, but he never featured for Maurizio Sarri’s men. The final nail in the coffin came when Mario Mandzukic was sent out to Al-Duhail. Incredibly, Juventus made a €1.5 million profit since the team ended up selling the player for €5 million after purchasing him for a final price of €3.5 million.
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