AFC U-16 C’ship Final: DPR Korea preview

“The players are OK ahead of the final and they have a lot of desire to perform well. Han is one of our main strikers, and as he is back, the other players are encouraged,” said former DPR Korea international striker Yon (pictured) ahead of his first final appearance as a head coach.

“As the competition goes on, our physical condition is not as good and of course at the same time, Iran and Australia were good teams and not easy to beat. In the last match against Australia Han did not play so that gave us some stress, but even in the last two matches, we had chances to score.

“I am not thinking about penalties and I don’t think they will happen in the final because our strikers are good and Han is back. He has had a full rest so he has benefited from the yellow cards.”

“I did not go to the stadiums to see Korea Republic’s matches, but I have watched videos and found they are as strong as Australia and Iran. But now Han has returned, I plan for us to have more chances and more goals than in the last two matches,” added Yon.

“Their player Lee Seung-woo is a good player, but I think compared to our strikers, they are at the same level, and even he may be better in my opinion so we are not too worried about him. But he is the best player in his team, and we need to be careful.”

“I think the reason Syria lost the last match was because when they conceded the second goal, they lost their mental strength,” said Yon.

“And also in my opinion, they were satisfied with qualifying for the World Cup, and after conceding two goals, they we discouraged.”…-afc-u-16-c-ship-final-dpr-korea-preview.html

FIFA Goal Keeper Coaching Course Given in DPRK

Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) — A FIFA goal keeper coaching course took place here from September 15 to 19.
It drew coaches from local sports teams and teachers of juvenile sports schools.
The course, divided into theoretical and practical sections, dealt with selection of goal keepers, physical fitness, goalkeeper’s role, warming up, training method, etc.
It was officiated by Stephan Stooss, a Swiss lecturer of FIFA.
He highly appreciated the professional level of coaches and teachers and their will to learn, saying that the course was successfully held thanks to the sincere cooperation of the DPRK Football Association.
He hoped that other projects favorable for the development of football in the DPRK would continue in cooperation with FIFA.

Ra Un-Sim: “Siamo qui per vincere l’oro”

Most of North Korea’s 260 athletes and officials have arrived in the South to participate in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, for which the opening ceremony will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Asiad Main Stadium.

With the goal of finishing in the top 10 by claiming more than 10 gold medals, the North sent its first group of 94 Olympic committee officials and athletes including football players and rowers earlier this month. A second group of 87 people including gymnasts and shooters, led by Pyongyang’s Olympic committee chief Kim Young-hoon, arrived Tuesday night.

More groups have yet to arrive to round out the total of 260 North Koreans who will be at the Incheon event, where the country will compete in 14 sports including football, weight lifting, shooting, judo, wrestling, table tennis and archery.

The North has shown its strength as an Asian sporting nation, taking fourth place three times at the Asian Games since its first appearance in 1974 in Teheran. But the country hasn’t impressed in the past decade, placing ninth in 2002 in Busan, 16th in 2006 in Doha, and 12th in the 2010 Guangzhou Games. But since their new leader Kim Jong-un began ruling the nation in 2012, the North has announced a series of plans to regain its sports competitiveness and wants to use the Incheon Asian Games to show the outside the world that it’s headed in the right direction.

And the North is off to a fine start. The men’s football team crushed China 3-0 on Monday and the women’s football team overpowered Vietnam 5-0 on Tuesday. The women’s team is one of the strongest gold medal contenders along with South Korea and China. The North didn’t even use the leading scorer, Huh Eun-byul, at last year’s East Asian Cup tournament until the 73rd minute. The women’s team won gold in the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games and has recently completed a generational shift to assemble a squad with an average age of 21.5 years.

“We’re here to win a gold medal,” said the North Korean men’s football team coach, Yun Jung-su. “We have prepared well for the event and will show our best performance during the event.”

The North is expected to win big in weight lifting. The team won three gold and one bronze in weight lifting in the 2012 London Olympics. Their star lifters are Om Yun-chol and Kim Un-guk in men’s weight lifting, and Rim Jong-sim and Ryang Chun-hwa in the women’s event.

Gymnast Ri Se-gwang will compete for a gold medal in the men’s vault against the South’s Yang Hak-seon, the 2010 London Olympics gold medalist. The team also wants to continue its success in women’s judo, in which the North claimed a gold and a bronze in London. Female marathoner Kim Kum-ok, the winner of last year’s Asian Marathon Championship, will race toward a golden victory as well.

Yesterday, North Korean athletes in football, swimming, gymnastics, shooting, weight lifting and rowing started training at Incheon, but the North requested it be closed to the public.

BY KWON SANG-SOO [[email protected]]

Superior North Korea down 10-men Pakistan in Asian Games opener

By Shahrukh Sohail, Chief Editor, Islamabad

The Shaheens were outclassed in their opening tie of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea by the technically stronger North Koreans, who have already secured their passage to the next round of the competition.

The tempo of the game was evident from the start as North Korea started emphatically with back-to-back freekicks in the early exchanges. However, Pakistan almost caused a Korean heartbreak with captain Kaleemullah trying his luck from a bicycle kick on the 9th minute, that didn’t eventually reach it’s intended target.

On the other end, goalkeeper Muzammil battered into the oncoming North Korean attacker and had to receive treatment on 15 minutes. Luckily the shot-stopper was able to continue but still saw the opponents gathering more possession at 59% for the first 18 minutes.

Things began to turn sour on the pitch and subsequently, it was Pakistan’s Mohammad Ahmed who receiving the game’s first booking on 37 minutes, shortly following by a red card to Mansoor Khan, who also gave away a penalty.

North Korea’s So Kyong-Jin made no mistakes from the spot and made it 1-0 for his side at half-time.

Coach Shamlan had spent the entire half motivating his players, but the technically-superior North Koreans were able to restrict Pakistan’s influence on the ball and almost doubled their tally on 61 minutes, only to be thwarted by Muzammil’s goalkeeping.

However, on 67 minutes Jong Ing-Wan essentially killed the tie with North Korea’s second of the game and although Shamlan made changes late on, it wasn’t enough to change the score line.

Pakistan now face China on 22nd September, where a draw would be sufficient enough to secure progress from the group stages.


RPDC – Pakistan 2-0

Un gol per tempo e la Corea chiude la pratica qualificazione assicurandosi il primo posto nel girone. Contro i pakistani è gara semplice, resa ancora più agevole dall’espulsione al 40esimo di Mansoor, per doppia ammonizione. Proprio il secondo fallo del centrocampista pakistano, con un mani in area ha causato il rigore realizzato da So Kyong-Jin. Nella ripresa il raddoppio è messo a segno da Jong Il-Gwan.

Altri risultati seconda giornata:
Gruppo A
Malesia – Laos 4-0
Sud Corea – Arabia Saudita 1-0

Gruppo B
Hong Kong – Afghanistan 2-1
Uzbekistan – Bangladesh 3-0

Gruppo C
Palestina – Tajikistan 2-1
Oman – Singapore 3-3

Gruppo D
Kuwait – Nepal 5-0
Giappone – Iran 1-3

Gruppo E
Maldive – Indonesaia 0-4
Tailandia – Timor Est 3-0

Gruppo G
Giordania – Emirati Arabi 1-0

Gruppo H
Kyrgyzistan – Iran 1-1

Agli ottavi la RPDC inconterà la seconda del girone E, una sfida che coinvolge Indonesia e Tailandia. Gli indonesiani hanno una differenza reti migliore (+11 contro +6) e all’ultima giornata (il 22 settembre) ci sarà lo scontro diretto

Jubilant Yon ‘speechless’ after shootout success

Bangkok: Delighted coach Yon Kwang-mu struggled for words after DPR Korea secured a return to the final of the AFC U-16 Championship after edging out Australia on penalties in Wednesday’s semi-final following a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

Park Yong-gwan’s strike just after half-time had handed 2010 champions DPR Korea the lead at Rajamangala Stadium only for substitute Daniel Arzani to equalise for Australia five minutes remaining.
But DPR Korea will face two-time winners Korea Republic in Saturday’s final after goalkeeper Ri Chol-song saved from Jake Brimmer and Jackon Bandiera in the shootout allowing Jang Song-il to earn Yon’s side a return to the final for a fourth time in five tournament appearances since 2004.
“I can’t express my happiness that we are going to final. I can’t find word to express my happiness,” said DPR Korea coach Yon (pictured).
“Our strategy was to have defence and then sudden attack, and in the beginning of the second half we succeeded in our plan. But at the end of the match we conceded one goal. But in general, our plan was OK.”
The win represented a second consecutive penalty shootout triumph for DPR Korea after Yon’s side edged out Iran following another goalless draw in their quarter-final.
“Australia, Iran and Korea Republic are all the top level teams,” added Yon. “I will work another plan for our strategy in our next match.”
Korea Republic earlier earned their place in the final after recording a 7-1 win over Syria.
“The number of goals scored is not very important,” said Yon. “Maybe after Syria conceded twice maybe they tried to attack and couldn’t defend attacks.”
Australia, meanwhile, missed out on a first AFC U-16 Championship final appearance despite not losing any of their five games.
“We knew they were going to play counterattacking football, so as long as we had our structure, we knew we would control the game and I think we controlled the game. But we couldn’t break down their buses that were parked in front of the 18-yard box and that is something we have to improve on. But overall, I am really happy with how the played,” said Australia coach Tony Vidmar.
“We have 13 months to the World Cup and when we get back to Australia we can closely analyse each game and also closely look at other countries and areas they do well and we don’t and look to improve in those parts.
“Finishing and delivery of balls into the box from the wide area is something we need to improve on as that can prove the big difference.
“But overall, the way they played tonight was fantastic and the whole country should be proud of the way they played.”


Sarà il derby Nord-Sud a decretare il vincitore del Campionato asiatico under-16.
I favoriti saranno i ragazzi del Sud, capaci di distruggere la Siria in semifinale con un devastante 7-1.
La RPDC ha dovuto invece sudare sette camicie per superare l’Australia.
Dopo il vantaggio firmato da Pak Yong-Gwan ad inizio secondo tempo, gli australiani hanno segnato il pareggio a cinque dal termine con Daniel Arzani.
Ci sono voluti i rigori e un grande Ri Chol-song, capace di parare due tiri degli oceanici per portare i nordcoreani in finale.

Bangkok: DPR Korea will face Korea Republic in the final of the AFC U-16 Championship after edging out Australia 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s semi-final at Rajamangala Stadium.

With chances at a premium during a hard-fought contest, Park Yong-gwan’s strike just after half-time appeared to have secured victory for DPR Korea only for Australia substitute Daniel Arzani to equalise with five minutes remaining.

But with goalkeeper Ri Chol-song (pictured) saving from Jake Brimmer and Jackon Bandiera in the shootout, 2010 champions DPR Korea will face Korea Republic in Saturday’s final after the two-time winners earlier recorded a 7-1 win over Syria.

With a final meeting with Korea Republic on the line, DPR Kore made the more adventurous starts with Australia goalkeeper Duro Dragicevic kept busy as the custodian first needed two attempts to claim Choe Song-hyok’s long range effort after 26 minutes before denying Han Kwang-myong with his legs two minutes later.

Chances, though, remained at a premium in the opening 45 minutes with Australia struggling to find a way past a well-organised DPR Korea backline and goalkeeper Ri remained largely untested as Henry Davies’ long range effort in stoppage time underlining the Joeys’ frustrations.

But less than a minute into the second half DPR Korea opened the scoring as Kim Ye-bom’s pull back following a strong run down the right was met by Park and the on-rushing midfielder swept pass Dragicevic from inside the penalty area.

And DPR Korea almost doubled their lead five minutes later only for a superb one-handed reflex save from Dragicevic denying Choe after the striker had again found joy on the right before cutting into the area and firing a goal bound effort towards goal.

Despite failing behind, Australia continued to struggle in the final third and Brimmer sent a tame effort straight at Ri from just outside the penalty area with 22 minutes remaining.

But with five minutes remaining Australia drew level as Bandiera’s pull-back from the byline on the left was emphatically rifled low past Ri and into the bottom corner by substitute Arzani from the edge of the penalty area to send the tie to penalties.

DPR Korea, though, took an early lead in the shootout as Kim Wi-song and Kim Ye-bom converted either side of Ri saving from Brimmer.

Kye Francis did convert for Australia, but after Ri Kuk-hyon extended DPR Korea’s perfect record, Ri saved from Bandiera allowing Jang Song-il to seal the victory.

Afc President’s Cup dal 21 settembre!

Football: AFC Presidents Cup to host in Sri Lanka from 21st September
Sri Lanka Air Force has qualified to play in this year fina round
and altogether 6 teams will play for the championship in 2 groups. The group champions will play in the finals.

The group stage was held in Colombo in May and as a request of the FFSL President Mr. Ranjith Rodrigo the finals will be staged in Sri Lanka giving an opportunity for local fans to see some exciting international club championship.

The following teams have qualified and the matches will kick off at 1.00pm the first match and at 4.00 pm the second match at Sugathadasa Stadium Colombo.

Group A
Sri Lanka Air Force
FC HUTU-Turkministhan
Manang Marshyangdi Club – Nepal

Group B
Shiek Russel Krara Chakra Ltd-Bangladesh
Rimyoungsu Club -Peoples Republic of Korea
Erchim FC -Mongolia

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