It is impossible to think the North Koreans can cope with Brazil and Portugal
Long relegated to football wilderness (the last time they made an appearance in the tournament was in 1966) Korea DPR – aka North Korea – weren’t expected to make much of a splash in 2010. But with shock wins over Saudi Arabia and the UAE in a gruelling 16-match qualification run, they came up trumps. In a twist of fate, their second fixture is against Portugal, the team that crushed them 5-3 in the 1966 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.
Kim Jong-Hun Something of a star in North Korea, Kim Jong-Hun (below) has been credited with the rise of a squad that collectively has the least international experience in the world. As a strategist, his emphasis is firmly on the defence.
Player to watch
Hong Yong-Jo One of the few players to play internationally, Hong Yong-Jo (circle pic), currently playing for Rostov FC, captained the side to their current success, scoring four goals in as many games.
We’re on the ball
World Cup appearances: 1 Previous best: Quarter-finals (1966) Odds of winning: 2,000/1 Strange but true: Korea DPR won 21-0 in 2006. Against Guam. Fixtures: Brazil, June 15, 10.30pm, Johannesburg Portugal, June 21, 3.30pm, Cape Town Cote d’Ivoire, June 25, 6pm, Nelspruit