Guide to the North Korean Football Team
Footbal (or soccer as North American often know it), has developed significantly over recent decades to become one of the most popular sports played in the country. It is played by people of all ages and the profile of the national team in particular has developed to one of relative celebrity. This has been fuelled largely by the moderate success of the Korean national team at the 2010 World Cup. The tears of Jong Tae-Sewhen the national anthem of the PKR (People's Replubic of Korea) was played was perhaps one of the most inconic images of the 2010 WC for many people.
The achievement of the North Korean football team in reaching the 2010 World Cup was only the second time in history that the country had qualified for the biggest sports tournament in the world. Although North Korea did not progress beyond the group stages, they gave a good account of themselves, and the fact that they qualified in the first place in their qualifying group was cause for celebration.
The standard of club football in North Korea is not as high as other countries around the world and the clubs there do not have the financial power to compete with the best in the world. As a result, it is common for the better players to be scouted by clubs from around the world and they can often be seen plying their trade around Europe. Past and present players have includes players such as Jong Tae-Se who has played for Bochum in the German Bundesliga. He is a striker who has won 29 caps scoring 16 goals in the process, which is a good return by any standards. Hong Yong-Jo is aother who goes down in North Korean football history and who has also played in Europe, this time for Russian club Rostov. He has played for his country 79 times and has scored 22 goals.
Overall, relatively little is known about the North Korean team, given the lack of information which tends to presently come out of North Korea. The team often play at the Kim Il-Sung Stadium and normally play in their all red kit (white away strip).
You can keep up-to-date with the latest North Korean Football results and news via the official FIFA website (unde the People's Replublic of Korea section).
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