DPRK football team participated for the 1st time in the 2010 world cup in South Africa, since it did like that in the year 1966. The Team coach of the DPRK squad was punished because of poor results in the tournament. The players were punished by the government of DPRK as well. This is astonishing but it is a fact and it happened. The team coach was forced to become the builder while the players were forced to work in the mines. Perhaps this will serve as a motivation to ply so hard next time they participate in such great tournament. Is such a treatment humanly? This DPRK government looks so strict on sports matters especially in football world cup.
|The DPRK squad in 2010 world cup in South Africa|
North Korea surprised with a good showing at their World Cup debut, reaching the quarter-finals in 1966, beating Italy in the group stage.
In the past DPRK players in all games together with their coaches were sent to prison if they didn’t get so called better results. The team coach apart from being forced to become a builder, was also expelled out of the Worker’s Party.
In the AFC Asian Cup in January 2011 The DPRK team were defeated by Iran 1-0, then again defeated by Iraq 1-0 again. When it played against UAE the results were a goalless draw.
The North Korea team was the first Asian team to progress beyond the first round of the World Cup finals
In the 4 international friendly matches from January 2011 till june 2011 DPRK team won only one match. This was between DPRK and Bahrain. DPRK team won by 1-0. When it played with China and Iraq it wasdefeated. With China the result was 2-0 on favour of the Chinese team. With Iraq DPRK was defeated by 2 goals to nil. The only 1-1 draw was in the clash between DPRK and Jordan.
The North Koreans won 7 and drew 3 in the 2012 season, making it the most successful year in its football history.
|DPRK team in one of their practice sessions.|
In April 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification, the DPRK team came out with a very nice score sheet. It won its match against Sri Lanka by 4-0. It then won its game with Nepal by 1-0. DPRK won its game with Afghanistan by 2-0. These were very good results compared to 2010 world cup matches. Was the punishment given to them after 2010 bad performance a motivation factor?
|DPRK vs Brazil in 2010 world cup|
The biggest win ever up to now in DPRK matches was the match against Guam. The match was played in March 11, 2005 in Taipei, Taiwan. The result was 21-0 on favour of DPRK team. The biggest defeat is the one happened when the team played with Portugal- June 21, 2010 in 2010 World cup.
The current DPRK squad consists of 4 players who play their football outside DPRK. One in FC Basel in Switzerland, one in Kashiwa Reysol in Japan, and 2 of them in Muang Thong united in Thailand.