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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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 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 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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RB Leipzig have been able to bring in South Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan on a five-year contract from Salzburg. The 24-year-old striker has been playing for Salzburg since 2015. This season, he has been particularly effective with 16 goals and 22 assists in just 40 games across all competitions. RB Leipzig are now having to fill void left behind the departure of Timo Werner, who has joined Chelsea in a £ 45 million deal. Werner has been influential for RB Leipzig over the last few years and his loss will be a major blow, but the need to fill the gap has forcedLeipzig sporting director Markus Kroesche to act quickly.
The club believe that Hwang Hee-chan fits the bill perfectly, as he is in the right stage of his career. As a young player, the South Korean has the potential to improve even further. After having featured in the Champions League for Salzburg,Hee-chan has a decent of experience when it comes to facing the top teams. The player is also very flexible in terms of his playing position, as he can featured on the wings, in the centre, or as a forward. This is the kind of flexibility that made Werner an indispensable asset for the team.
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ESPN pundit Stewart Robson has stressed that Nicolas Pepe can’t be considered as an Arsenal flop judging by his performances during his debut campaign. The Ivory Coast international joined the Gunners in a club-record deal from Lille last summer and he has since contributed four goals and six assists from 24 league outings.
Speaking on the ESPN FC show, Robson said that it is too early to call Pepe a flop. He added that the 24-year-old has yet to find his best position and should improve his performances under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, he told: “Slightly too early [to call him a flop]. He hasn’t been a great success this season so far. He’s had one or two good games, couple of good free-kicks. I’m not sure they’ve found the right position for him.
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Football is a game of goals, and the happiest moment for players mad fans is when the ball hits the back of the net. When a goal is scored the team that scored is filled with exhilarating joy while the team that concedes will start to look for ways to reply and get back into the match. For some they find a way back and get a goal of their own, while others surrender, and they continue to concede.
Here we take a look at the biggest wins in world cup history:
Portugal 7: North Korea 0 (2010)
North Korea entered the game at the back of their impressive showing against five times winners of the competitions Brazil. The Selecao won 2-1 and the result was the true reflection of the game, it was close and North Korea were in the game till the very end.
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North Korean football team recently took on major rivals South Korea in a World Cup qualifying game. The game was described as ‘waging a war’ by South Korea, who were forced to play the game with a media blackout and behind closed doors. This was a historic match considering that meetings between these two teams are relatively rare.
However, the game finished as a goalless draw and there were spectators in the stadium. After the match, South Koreans said that the playing conditions were extremely tough and the lack of media coverage meant that you were able to get a substantial advantage in terms of physicality, according to Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.
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South Korea manager Paulo Bento has made it clear that his team performance in Thursday’s World Cup qualifying match against Lebanon was not good enough. The heavily favored Korean side failed to defeat their hosts in what was a 0-0 draw.
There had been concerns ahead of the game after Bento decided to set up training camp in Abu Dhabi instead of Beirut. The team did not arrive Lebanon until the match eve and skipped practice due to the state of the pitch.
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Japan came from a goal down to defeat North Korea 2-1 in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship final in Chonburi Thailand.
Both nations had entered the final with their qalifications booked for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2020. Japan had dispatched China PR 2-0 while North Korea had defeated Australia by 3-0 in the other semifinal. Continue reading “JAPAN DEFEAT NORTH KOREA IN U-16 FINALS”