FIFA, the Football governing body recognizes North Korea as Korea DPR. North Korea are currently ranked in 102nd place in the FIFA rankings. North Korea will be playing in its 2nd FIFA World Cup tournament this year. The country participated in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England and were knocked out of the tournament during the quarter final stage. North Korea lost by 5 goals to 3 against Portugal (although they were ahead by 3 goals to 0 at one stage in the match). North Korea have participated twice in the AFC Asian Cup, in 1980 and 1992. The ended in 4th place in 1980 and were knocked out in the first round of the tournament in 1992.
Kim Jong-Hun is the current coach of the North Korean national football team. He is credited with leading his country into qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. North Korea played its first international football match against the People’s Rupublic of China in 1956 in Beijing. The North Korean national football team achieved their biggest win in history in 2005 when they beat Guam by 21 goals to 0 in Taipei in Taiwan. In 1974 North Korea suffered its biggest loss in football history, losing by 6 goals to 1 against Bulgaria.
Not much is known about the North Korean football team members. This makes them one of the most unpredictable sides who have qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
North Korea will play in the 3 following group matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- 15 June 2010 – North Korea vs Brazil @ Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg – Kickoff at 20:30
- 21 June 2010 – North Korea vs Portugal @ Cape Town Stadium – Kickoff at 13:30
- 25 June 2010 – North Korea vs Cote d’Ivoire @ Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit – Kickoff at 16:00