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Korea DPR
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Chollima
Association DPR Korea Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach North Korea Kim Jong-Hun
Home stadium Kim Il-Sung Stadium
FIFA code PRK
FIFA ranking 102
Highest FIFA ranking 57 (November 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 181 (October 1998)
Elo ranking 82
Highest Elo ranking 26 (July 1966)
Lowest Elo ranking 97 (April 2004)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
People's Republic of China China PR 0 - 1 North Korea North Korea
(Beijing, China PR; October 7, 1956)
Biggest win
North Korea North Korea 21 - 0 Guam Guam
(Taipei, Taiwan; March 11, 2005)
Biggest defeat
Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 - 1 North Korea North Korea
(Sofia, Bulgaria; May 25, 1974)
Poland Poland 5 - 0 North Korea North Korea
(Montreal, Canada; July 25, 1976)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1966)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1966
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1980)
Best result Fourth place, 1980

The national football team of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (recognized as Korea DPR by FIFA) is the national team of North Korea and is controlled by the DPR Korea Football Association. The team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup twice; in 1966, where they reached the quarter-finals, and for the forthcoming competition in 2010. Korea DPR have qualified for the AFC Asian Cup three times; in 1980, when they finished fourth, in 1992 and in 2011. The current team is composed of both native North Koreans and Zainichi Koreans born in Japan.

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Competitive history

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1964 Olympic football tournament

Korea DPR qualified for 1964 Olympic football tournament but withdrew.

1966 World Cup

Korea DPR's most notable result in international play came in the 1966 World Cup at Middlesbrough F.C. home Ayresome Park, when the team upset Italy 1-0 to gain a spot in the quarterfinals. There, they lost 5-3 to Portugal despite taking a 3-0 lead. The North Korean team was the first Asian team to progress beyond the first round of the World Cup finals. The documentary film The Game of Their Lives by Daniel Gordon is about the seven surviving members in 2002 of the 1966 national team.

1976 Olympic football tournament

Korea DPR reached quarter-finals at 1976 Olympic football tournament.

1978 Asian Games

Korea DPR won gold medals at the Asian Games football tournament in 1978.

2006 World Cup qualification

In March 2005, Korea DPR entered a match with Iran with limited chances of qualifying for the World Cup finals due to poor performance in early fixtures. During the match hosted in Pyongyang, North Korean fans became enraged when the referee failed to award North Korea with a penalty kick after a controversial play near the end of the match. Demanding a penalty, they rushed Syrian referee Mohamed Kousa, who instead gave a North Korean player a red card. Bottles, stones and chairs were thrown on to the field following the play. After the match was over, North Korean fans refused to let the Iranian team leave the stadium on their team bus. The violence was so severe that riot police were forced to step in to force back the crowd [1]. Following this incident, North Korea lost its right to host the subsequent home match with Japan and the game was instead played in an empty stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. [2].

2010 World Cup

Qualification

Korea DPR had to enter the 2010 World Cup qualification from the first round, where they faced Mongolia. On October 21, 2007 they beat the Mongolian opponents 4–1 in Ulan-Bator, with Pak Chol-Min scoring one goal and Jong Chol-Min adding a hat trick. One week later, on the 28th of October, the teams met again, this time at the Kim Il-Sung Stadium in Pyongyang. Korea DPR won the game with a score of 5–1. Pak Chol-Min opened the score after 3 minutes, Kim Kuk-Jin added another goal in the 10th minute. Jong Chol-Min, again Pak Chol-Min and Jong Kwang-Ik secured a 9–2 aggregate win for the DPRK to advance to the third round.

At the third round, DPRK opened their campaign against Jordan in Amman. The visitors won the game 1–0 with Hong Yong-Jo scoring the winner after 44 minutes. The following matches, DPRK won against Jordan and Turkmenistan at home and tied Korea Republic both home and away to advance to the final round.

The two Koreas faced each other in a 2010 FIFA World Cup 3rd round Asian Qualification match. It was originally planned to be held in Pyongyang on March 26, 2008. The North Korean government decided that the South's national anthem would not be played, nor would the DPRK allow the South's national flag to be displayed at the game. South Korea was outraged by the decision. After three failed negotiation attempts by the South Korean football association, South Korea turned to FIFA for the official ruling. After FIFA intervention, the match was played in Shanghai, China, on March 26, 2008, and it ended 0-0.

In the final round of qualifying, DPRK finished in second place in Group B behind leaders Korea Republic ahead of Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In their first match, DPRK scored a valuable away win against the UAE. Against the run of play, DPRK scored two goals with Choe Kum Chol scoring in the 72nd minute and An Chol Hyok clinching the win in the 80th minute. Basheer Saeed scored a consolation goal for the hosts in the 85th minute. The second match was the third encounter in qualifying against Korea Republic at the neutral venue of Shanghai which ended in a 1–1 draw, the third time in a row that the match ended in a draw between the two teams. Hong Yong-Jo converted a penalty to put the North Koreans ahead in the 63rd minute, but Ki Sung-Yeung equalised for the visitors five minutes later.

DPRK's unbeaten record in the final qualification stage came to an end with an away loss to Iran. Mehdi Mahdavikia headed the hosts into a ninth-minute lead when he picked up a pass from Mojtaba Jabbari from outside the penalty area. Javad Nekonam doubled up in the 65th minute when he latched onto team-mate Masoud Shojaei's pass, this time from inside the penalty area. Korea DPR's consolation goal came from a 70th-minute header from Jong Tae-Se. In their fourth match against Saudi Arabia, Korea DPR underlined their status as Asia's dark horses by upsetting Saudi Arabia. Mun In-Guk scored the only goal in the first half, much to the delight of the 70,000-plus home crowd. The result moved the North Koreans up to second in Pool B with seven points from four matches. North Korea's next win was against UAE which made them leaders of the group with 10 points.

On April 1, the stalemate between the two Koreas was broken when DPRK lost 1-0 to their southern neighbours in a match held in Seoul. The North Korean coach later suggested during a news conference that the South Koreans poisoned their squad.[citation needed]

A draw against Iran in Pyongyang complicated matters for Korea DPR who had 11 points from 7 matches and one game left to play. A win against Saudi Arabia would earn them direct qualification, as would a tie (due to goal differential versus Saudi Arabia) so long as Iran drew or lost their last match. A loss would have meant they were at the mercy of the result in the Iran-South Korea game.

On 17 June 2009, North Korea qualified for the 2010 World Cup by securing a draw with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. North Korea and Saudi Arabia finished level with 12 points each, but the North Koreans had a superior goal difference.

Finals

On the 4th December 2009, the World Cup 2010 draw put Korea DPR in a group with Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal.[3] This is North Korea's second World Cup finals, the first since 1966 where they reached the quarter-finals.[4] Korea DPR was placed in Group G which later was named the Group Of Death due to the fact that there were some of the toughest teams including Brazil, Ivory Coast, and Portugal.

Kit

The kit for North Korea has always been an all-red kit. The away kit has been an all-white kit. Instead of the emblem being on the kit, the flag is on the kit. Currently, ERKE provides the kits. Before ERKE provided kits, Hummel provided kits.

During two friendly matches against Venezuela in March, they wore Venezuela's away kit, with the crest of the Venezuelan team covered, since their uniforms were lost during the flight.

Korea DPR are currently the only team that has not realeased its new kits for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it's unknown if ERKE will design new kits for the tournament.

Competitive records

FIFA World Cup

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1962 Did not enter - - - - - - -
England 1966 Quarter-finals 8 4 1 1 2 5 9
1970 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1978 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1982 to 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1998 to 2002 Did not enter - - - - - - -
2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 2/19 4 1 1 2 5 9

AFC Asian Cup

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1972 Did not enter - - - - - -
1976 Withdrew after qualifying - - - - - -
Kuwait 1980 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 10 12
1984 Did not enter - - - - - -
1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Japan 1992 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 5
1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
2000 to 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Qualified - - - - - -
Total 3/15 9 3 1 5 12 17

AFC Challenge Cup

East Asian Cup

  • 2003 - Withdrew
  • 2005 - Third place in Final Tournament
  • 2008 - Fourth Place in Final Tournament
  • 2010 - Did not qualify

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the match against Mexico on March 17, 2010

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Ri Myong-Guk September 9, 1986 (1986-09-09) (age 23) 27 0 North Korea Pyongyang City
GK Kim Myong-Gil October 16, 1984 (1984-10-16) (age 25) 10 0 North Korea Amrokgang
DF Pak Chol-Min December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10) (age 21) 2 3 North Korea Rimyongsu
DF Han Song-Chol July 10, 1977 (1977-07-10) (age 32) 16 0 North Korea April 25
2 DF Cha Jong-Hyok September 25, 1985 (1985-09-25) (age 24) 30 0 North Korea Amrokgang
3 DF Ri Jun-Il August 24, 1987 (1987-08-24) (age 22) 25 0 North Korea Sobaeksu
16 DF Nam Song-Chol May 7, 1982 (1982-05-07) (age 27) 42 1 North Korea April 25
13 DF Pak Chol-Jin September 5, 1985 (1985-09-05) (age 24) 34 0 North Korea Amrokgang
8 DF Ji Yun-Nam November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20) (age 33) 21 1 North Korea April 25
MF Kim Kuk-Jin January 5, 1989 (1989-01-05) (age 21) 2 2 Switzerland FC Wil
22 MF Kim Kyong-Il December 11, 1988 (1988-12-11) (age 21) 1 0 North Korea Rimyongsu
MF Jong Su-Hyok July 30, 1987 (1987-07-30) (age 22) 1 0 North Korea Wolmido
MF Ri Hung-Ryong September 22, 1988 (1988-09-22) (age 21) 1 0 North Korea Wolmido
MF So Kwang-Chol January 23, 1987 (1987-01-23) (age 23) 2 0 North Korea Amrokgang
MF Ahn Young-Hak August 25, 1978 (1978-08-25) (age 31) 23 2 Japan Omiya Ardija
24 MF Ri Kwang-Chon September 4, 1985 (1985-09-04) (age 24) 41 1 North Korea April 25
4 MF Pak Nam-Chol July 2, 1985 (1985-07-02) (age 24) 40 5 North Korea April 25
11 MF Mun In-Guk September 29, 1978 (1978-09-29) (age 31) 40 6 North Korea April 25
15 MF Kim Yong-Jun July 19, 1983 (1983-07-19) (age 26) 52 3 People's Republic of China Chengdu Blades
FW Jong Chol-Min October 29, 1988 (1988-10-29) (age 21) 4 2 North Korea Rimyongsu
FW Kim Kum-Il October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10) (age 22) 11 1 North Korea April 25
19 FW An Chol-Hyok June 27, 1985 (1985-06-27) (age 24) 18 10 North Korea Rimyongsu
FW Hong Yong-Jo May 22, 1982 (1982-05-22) (age 27) 38 7 Russia FC Rostov
FW Jong Tae-Se March 2, 1984 (1984-03-02) (age 26) 20 12 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
17 FW Choe Kum-Chol February 9, 1987 (1987-02-09) (age 23) 18 8 North Korea Rimyongsu
FW Kim Myong-Won July 15, 1983 (1983-07-15) (age 26) 10 0 North Korea Amrokgang

Recent Call Ups

The following players were called up for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. Caps and goals as of February 27, 2010, subsequent to the official match against Turkmenistan.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Ri Kang April 20, 1988 (1988-04-20) (age 21) 0 0 North Korea Rimyongsu
GK Ju Kwang-Min May 20, 1990 (1990-05-20) (age 19) 13 0 North Korea Kigwancha
DF Ryang Myong-Il July 31, 1987 (1987-07-31) (age 22) 8 0 North Korea Wolmido
DF Kim Myong-Gyu January 8, 1985 (1985-01-08) (age 25) 1 0 North Korea Rimyongsu
DF Pak Yong-Jin April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18) (age 23) 6 0 North Korea Rimyongsu
DF Jon Kwang-Ik April 5, 1988 (1988-04-05) (age 21) 11 1 North Korea Amrokgang
DF Kim Song-Gi October 23, 1988 (1988-10-23) (age 21) 2 0 Japan Korea University (Japan)
DF Ri Kwang-Hyok August 17, 1987 (1987-08-17) (age 22) 15 0 North Korea Kyonggongop
MF Pak Song-Chol September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24) (age 22) 14 8 North Korea Rimyongsu
MF Sin Yong-Nam (c) January 23, 1978 (1978-01-23) (age 32) 14 1 North Korea Amrokgang
MF Yun Yong-Il July 31, 1988 (1988-07-31) (age 21) 13 0 North Korea Wolmido
MF Kim Won-Sik November 5, 1991 (1991-11-05) (age 18) 0 0 North Korea Pyongyang City
MF Ri Chol-Myong February 18, 1988 (1988-02-18) (age 22) 12 1 North Korea Pyongyang City
MF Choe Myong-Ho July 3, 1988 (1988-07-03) (age 21) 5 2 North Korea Pyongyang City
MF Ryang Yong-Gi January 7, 1982 (1982-01-07) (age 28) 10 8 Japan Vegalta Sendai
FW Kim Seong-Yong February 26, 1987 (1987-02-26) (age 23) 2 1 Japan Kyoto Sanga
FW Choe Chol-Man September 22, 1985 (1985-09-22) (age 24) 19 9 North Korea April 25
FW Pak Chol-Min December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10) (age 21) 8 3 North Korea Rimyongsu
FW Pak Kwang-Ryon September 27, 1992 (1992-09-27) (age 17) 6 1 North Korea Wolmido
FW Chae Tu-Yong June 7, 1990 (1990-06-07) (age 19) 8 0 North Korea April 25

See also

References


Simple English

Korea DPR
Association DPR Korea Football Association
Confederation AFC
Nickname Chollima (thousand-mile horse)
Coach Kim Jong-Hun
FIFA ranking 105
World Cup
Appearances 2
First Apps 1966
Best result Quarterfinal (1966)

Korea DPR national football team is the national football team of North Korea.


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