The Korea DPR manager An Ye Gun has said that he is extremely looking forward to helping the national team lift the AFC U-19 Championship for the second consecutive time. North Korea come into the tournament as the holders of the competition.
The South Korean national team manager Choi Kang-hee has decided to leave out the veteran striker Lee Dong-gook out of the scored for the match against Iran. South Korea will be taking on Iran in the final stage of the qualification rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Iran is currently ranked 54th in the world and will be offering a strong opposition to the hopes of South Korea qualifying for the World Cup. The 33-year-old Lee Dong-gook has vast experience of playing at international level after he has been part of the national team in the last 15 years.
The North Korean football players have protested their introduction with the South Korean flag by walking off the pitch. The North Korean football players were being introduced for their match against Colombia.
The Korean national football team will be getting a lot of experience ahead of their qualification rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, as they will be facing the likes of Spain in a friendly match from now till the end of the season.
The Korean football Association recently revealed that the South Korean national football team will be taking on the Spanish in a match between the two teams on May 30. This is likely to be a rehearsal for the Euro 2012 for Spain, as they would be heading into the major European championships as one of the favourites to lift the trophy.