1993 World Cup qualifier, North Korea hopes to enter the United States World Cup. However, in the 1993 World Cup qualifier, the North Korean team lost its standard and lost to Japan and South Korea two 0-3. Especially in the last game with South Korea, the North Korean players were listless. After the team returned, North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Il was very angry about the defeat. He informed the North Korean sports commission that if he was not absolutely sure to win in international competitions in the future, he would not send another team to play. The North Korean team did not dare to lose the men’s medal for 5 years.

in the 1990s, the Korean men’s football team disappeared from the international football world for five years; From 2002 to now, North Korean clubs have never gone abroad to participate in events. Consistent with the impression of North Korea, North Korean football is also mysterious.

the outside world is fond of talking about the miracle that North Korea scored in the top eight of the world cup in 1966; The outside world is more curious about the experience of North Korean football re entering the world cup after several ups and downs 43 years. With the increasing football exchanges between China and North Korea and the disclosure of coaches and players from North Korea, we have been able to know more about North Korean football in recent years. Now, let’s unveil the mystery of Korean football.

worked behind closed doors for five years and could not play without winning.

after North Korea’s football reached the top eight of the world cup in 1966, it has been in the forefront of Asia in the following decades. However, since 1994, the national team of the North Korean men’s football team has disappeared in the international football world. The Asian Football Association once hoped that the North Korean team could participate in the 1994 Asian Games and the 1996 Asian Cup, but the North Korean Football Association rejected it. When the isolated North Korean team returned in 1998, the world ranking was not as good as Vietnam and Indonesia in Southeast Asia.

why did the once strong Asian team suddenly disappear?

most people here speculate that due to the death of former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, North Korea has three years of national funeral, so the North Korean team cannot appear in international football. It was not until 1999 that Yin mingcan, head coach of the national team during the 1993 World Cup qualifier of the North Korean team, came to South Korea. In Seoul, he revealed many little-known political secrets of North Korean football to the South Korean media that people knew the secret of the disappearance of the North Korean men’s football team for five years.

in the 1993 World Cup qualifier, the North Korean team hopes to enter the United States World Cup. However, in the 1993 World Cup qualifier, the North Korean team lost its standard and lost two 0-3 to Japan and South Korea, especially in the last game with South Korea. After the team returned, North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Il was very angry about the defeat. He informed the North Korean sports commission that if he was not absolutely sure to win in international competitions in the future, he would not send another team to play. The Sports Commission naturally did not dare to assume the responsibility for the team’s loss, and the North Korean men’s football team has been exempted for five years.

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after their comeback in 1998, the North Korean team was still inferior to Vietnam and Indonesia in Southeast Asia in the world ranking, and its achievements in several consecutive competitions were not satisfactory. The popularity of

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football is much higher than that of China. Amateur teams

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can be seen everywhere in the streets. In recent years, Korean youth football has begun to rise: in 2006, the Korean U20 women’s football team dominated the Russian World Youth match, the U20 men’s football team won the championship in the Asian Youth match, and the U17 men’s football team won the second place in the Asian Youth match; In 2008, the U20 women’s football team won the second place in the world youth match in Chile, and the U17 women’s football team won the first World Youth match in New Zealand… In 2009, the football of North Korea reached the peak. In a World Cup qualifier just ended, the North Korean team drew 0-0 with Saudi Arabia away, won the second place in group B in Asia, and won the ticket to directly qualify for the world cup in South Africa. After 43 years, Korean football entered the World Cup Finals again.

behind the success of Korean football is the high popularity of football among Korean teenagers. Football is arguably the most popular sport in North Korea. Walking on the street, you can often see amateur football teams in factories and schools playing games. Although the ground is very bad and there are dirt fields everywhere, it does not affect the enthusiasm of North Koreans for football. Moreover, amateur leagues between factories that have long disappeared in China are still very active in North Korea. In other words, the popularity of football in North Korea is much higher than that in China. The popularity of

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football among Korean teenagers is beyond the imagination of Chinese fans. According to reports, in North Korea, the state stipulates that students must master a musical instrument and a physical education when they graduate. If students choose football, the school has full-time teachers to provide guidance. “In North Korean schools, due to economic constraints, the hardware is very poor, and the football fields are basically mud fields. When students play football, they don’t have special football shoes, and many students go up in cloth shoes. But these objective conditions have not affected North Korean children’s enthusiasm for football.” According to a Chinese football personage who has visited North Korea many times.

at the beginning of this year, North Korea’s 1993-1994 youth team trained in Haigeng and played against the 1989-1990 youth teams in Shanghai, Tianjin and other places who will participate in the National Games. As a result, they lost 1-2 to Shanghai and 1-1 to Tianjin. Although the results are not dominant, the small players play quite well. In addition to their young age and obvious physical losses in the confrontation, they are not bad in the application of technology. This also reflects the current situation of youth football in North Korea from one aspect.

envy China’s professional league “we only have competitive conference”

the League of North Korea is similar to that of China in the 1980s, which is divided into spring and autumn. Spring is actually a league, called “technological innovation competition conference”. Limited by the objective conditions such as the venue, the competition system is uniformly adopted. It is divided into three levels, with ups and downs. Autumn is called the “Republic player Rights Conference”. In fact, it is China’s previous “championship”, which is not as important as spring.

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Korean national brands at all levels still carry out long-term intensive training, which is exactly the same as before China’s professional reform. Every year, the national team from localPersonnel shall be transferred and centralized for unified management. Although these players selected into the national team belong to the local team, these players do not return to the local team at all when North Korea holds League and championship every year. In the national team, the government is uniformly responsible for food and accommodation and provides adequate protection in terms of life.

for example, Jin Yongjun, who played in Chengdu Sheffield United last year (2008), has been in the national team since returning to North Korea. When participating in the competition, those players who play overseas will report to the national team before the game according to the relevant regulations of FIFA. People in the Korean football industry once clearly pointed out: “it’s not that we don’t want to engage in professionalization, but that North Korea doesn’t have the conditions for professionalization at all. It’s completely right for China to take the path of professionalization, because professionalization is an irreversible trend in the development of world football!”

Harbin beer is just furnishing mobile phones, which has been a player privilege.

all the people in the circle who have contact with the North Korean football team are most impressed by their hard training. A Chinese Super League coach once lamented: “if domestic players can learn some hard-working spirit and well-trained quality from the North Korean team, they will gain something. If we can train and unite like the North Korean team, how can Chinese football be reduced to the current bear?”

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in terms of hard conditions, the league in North Korea is very simple. For example, the turf cannot be laid on the site; The players’ game training equipment is not any world-famous brand; Under the consumption of large amount of exercise, athletes are just food and clothing, and there is no higher-level nutrition and rehabilitation…

according to South Korean media reports, North Korean players are allowed to use mobile phones. In North Korea, mobile phones are still a luxury item. Of course, players’ mobile phones are not bought in mobile phone stores, but sent by their units. North Korea’s food supply is indeed not rich enough, but if the players are not full, it is unlikely. At least among the players of the first-class league team, the food is guaranteed. North Korea is rich in vegetables and meat food is a little tight, but eggs are available and kimchi is essential at noon. In the dining room of North Korean players, you can often see XX “beer” whose origin is marked as Harbin, but the beer is only decoration and players can’t drink it.

the North Korean team once came to Hainan for training. Kim, Deputy Secretary General of the North Korean Football Association, officially said that no player in North Korea has a private car, which is certain. Even if Zheng Dashi can get a high salary in the j League, he can’t buy a car after returning home, because there are still coal-fired buses in North Korea, and the car is a symbol of identity in North Korea. Like Zheng Dashi can’t drive a car, let alone ordinary players. However, they can sometimes enjoy the treatment of taking Pyongyang subway and trolleybus for free, while ordinary people spend 5 Korean yuan on Pyongyang subway.

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Kim Jong Il and football

football not only has a large number of fans in North Korea, but also has the support of senior leaders. Stories about Kim Jong Il and football are often seen in newspapers.

on October 4, 2008, in order to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of Kim Il Sung comprehensive university, the University held a football match with Pyongyang Railway University, and Kim Jong Il watched the game on site. After the game, Kim Jong Il criticized the players for keeping long hair and asked them not to scold. At first glance, the news of

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easily reminds people of the relevant regulations of the Chinese Football Association that “players are not allowed to have long hair”. But we should pay more attention to this detail: as the supreme leader of a country, Kim Jong Il personally went to the scene to watch a college football match.

on November 2, 2008, the Korean Central News Agency published a photo news – Comrade Kim Jong Il watched a football match of the people’s army.

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on the whole, the senior leaders of North Korea attach great importance to football, which is reflected not only in every domestic high-level event, but also in the special care given by relevant departments in terms of treatment and allocation whenever the national team goes abroad.

note: in order to convey the news value, the history channel specially reissued the article “Korean football supported by the factory League” in the Oriental Morning Post on June 19, 2009 for readers.

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