2015 Premier Football Matches in DPRK

Pyongyang, January 24 (KCNA) — 2015 premier football matches will be held from March to October in the DPRK, according to an official of the DPRK Football Association.
He said that four rounds of premier matches will be held in the form of round-robin and knockout competitions.
In 2014 premier football matches, the April 25 Sports Team topped the standings of teams in men’s and women’s events.
Male footballers of the Chobyong Sports Team and female footballers of the Jebi Sports Team were qualified for the 2015 premier matches, after finishing first in the division-2 football tournaments.
The Chobyong’s male team won the qualification for the first time, but is expected to demonstrate the power of its new stars.

Amichevole ad Arezzo

Gli amaranto (squadra Berretti) giovedì hanno disputato una partita amichevole a San Sisto contro una selezione coreana formata da giocatori del 98 e del 99. Il test è stato piuttosto interessante ed è stato vinto dai coreani che sono riusciti ad avere la meglio nella ripresa dopo che il primo tempo , con la squadra migliore in campo, i ragazzi di Andrea Sussi avevano chiuso in vantaggio grazie ad una rete messa a segno da Rossi.

Italian Soccer School and Tryouts

fonte: http://www.arezzocalcio.com/it/settore-giovanile-news/news/berretti-in-cerca-di-riscatto-a-ferrara-con-la-spal.html

Qualche parola sulla Coppa d’Asia

A detta di Jo Tong-Sop la Coppa d’Asia serviva a far immagazinare esperienza ad un gruppo giovane in vista delle prossime scadenze ritenute prioritarie da Pyongyang: la qualificazione alle Olimpiadi di Rio (2016) e ai Mondiali russi (2018). Nonostante ciò credo che durante la Coppa d’Asia si sarebbe potuto fare di più.

LE DELUSIONI:
L’intera fase difensiva: Troppo ballerina ed inclina agli errori individuali, è mancato il leader capace di rialzare i compagni nei momenti di maggior difficoltà (ad esempio, durante il secondo tempo contro i sauditi). Perchè rinunciare così rapidamente ad un elemento di grande esperienza come Ri Kwang-Chon? In un momento di “trapasso generazionale” alcuni punti fermi vanno confermati.
Pak Song-Chol: doveva essere il leader ma si è dimostrato troppo poco incisivo a questi livelli. Anche in questo caso pesa come un macigno la rinuncia a Pak Nam-Chol.
Jo Tong-Sop: troppo rinunciatario e difensivista. Ridurre il talento di Jong Il-Gwan ad un ruolo di comprimario sulla fascia non ha pagato e alcune scelte non hanno convinto. E’ arrivato il momento di introdurre un allenatore straniero che porti nuove metodologie di allenamento e contribuisca allo sviluppo di tutto il movimento?

LE NOTE LIETE
Pak Kwang-Ryong: deve fare reparto da solo, isolato in avanti. Ma dimostra di essere un attaccante completo. Supportato a dovere avrebbe fatto sicuramente di più. Giusta la scelta di puntare su di lui anche in prospettiva futura.
Ri Yong-Jik: trovato l’erede Zainichi di An Yong-Hak. E’ stato indubbiamente uno dei più positivi e dovesse cominciare a giocare con continuità in Giappone sarebbe sicuramente un elemento su cui costruire anche in futuro, visto che ha appena 23 anni.

North Korea prove the perfect guests at Asian Cup

Jo regularly praised the host country and even indulged in a spot of sight-seeing. Adulation for supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, usually a mainstay of North Korean press conferences, has been surprisingly sparing.

“I’ve been very pleased while staying in Australia,” Jo said ahead of North Korea’s final Asian Cup Group B game against China, which they lost 2-1 to end with three defeats.

“Firstly because the local organising committee, including our team liaison officer, has been very kind to our team. They’ve done a perfect job for the accommodation and arranging everything. So that has really pleased our team and myself.”

He added: “Each city we have visited during our stay in Australia was very beautiful and very wonderful, so I was very much glad to see that.”

Australia at the height of the southern summer is certainly very different from Pyongyang, capital of the nuclear-armed country, in shivering January.

But North Korean footballers have not always behaved themselves Down Under. At the 2006 Women’s Asian Cup in Australia, three North Koreans received bans for a physical attack on a referee.

Dark deeds continued at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany, where five players tested positive for steroids — a result they blamed on taking traditional musk deer gland medicine to treat lightning strikes.

– ‘Ole ole ole!’ –

At the current tournament, Jong Il-Gwan was booked just seconds into the 4-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia, and Ri Yong-Jik was unfortunate to be sent off when a shot came off the bar and hit his arm.

But there was no petulance or major indiscipline. When the referee blew for full-time instead of giving North Korea a corner as they pressed for an equaliser against Uzbekistan, the players protested briefly before heading obediently for the tunnel.

“This is my first visit to Australia and my first impression is that the people in Australia are very kind. From all the organisers and guys in the hotels, everybody,” said midfielder Ryang Yong-Gi.

The North Koreans have been well supported during their matches, with hundreds of people chanting “Kim Jong-Un, ole ole ole!” at the Saudi game in Melbourne.

It is a far cry from the propoganda-driven cheerleading squad of carefully selected beauties — one of whom is now married to Kim — that the Chollima (“Thousand-Mile Horse”) often bring to tournaments.

“When we played in stadiums, the environment, the surroundings, the atmosphere was very much favourable and I enjoyed it very much,” said Japan-based Ryang. “I have seen that football is very popular in Australia and I’m lucky to be here.”

Under sports-loving leader Kim, North Korea is investing in football, with high hopes for future generations of stars after the Pyongyang International Football School opened in 2013.

Rewards for sporting success often come in the form of cars and apartments, but North Korea can be equally harsh on those who fail.

According to media reports, the players and staff who flopped at the 2010 World Cup were subjected to a six-hour public inquisition for “betraying” North Korea’s ideological struggle, before being sent to work on a building site.

However, Jo expects only rational analysis of the team’s performance in Australia, rather than blame-finding and punishment.

“We wanted to prove our skills in the tournament and as you all know it didn’t work very well,” Jo said. “But our football associations, a group of experts, and we ourselves will analyse what was lacking and find the way to improve it.

“We’re not expecting any other reactions from our country.”

Their progress will, however, have been closely watched by Kim, who gave them “valuable instruction” during the tournament, according to Jo.

“We are grateful to feel his great love,” he said. “It gives us power.”

Jo bemoans ‘unlucky’ DPR Korea defeat

Canberra: DPR Korea coach Jo Tong-sop felt his side were “unlucky” not to leave with a point from Australia’s capital after their narrow 2-1 defeat to Group B winners China, following their second half fight back at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

Stunned by a goal within the match’s first minute from China midfielder Sun Ke, Jo saw the same player score again before half-time to increase the deficit and his side overmatched in the first period of their final AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 fixture.

In the second half, though, DPR Korea came out strongly and pulled a goal back after Jong Il-gwan’s effort ricocheted in off China forward Gao Lin and the Chollima almost found a leveler in spectacular fashion on the 81st minute as So Hyon-uk hit the frame of the goal late on with a stunning volley.

“At half-time I told the players we should concentrate more on defending and once we have the ball we have to focus on making better passes and making it more tough for China.

That helped to motivate the players more and their mental concentration increased,” said Jo.

“I think in the second half the play was a lot better from the team, I planned from the beginning that we would use the last 10 to 15 minutes for substitutes because our players would not be strong enough.

“I planned to use the last 15 minutes to attack with these fresh legs and I think this worked pretty well but we were unlucky.”

With their third consecutive defeat in the competition, DPR Korea exit the tournament without a point from the continental championship for the first time in their history, having previously appeared in the 1980, 1992 and 2011 editions.

Despite the setback, Jo does see room for optimism in the future for the national team, particularly as the development teams continue to bear fruit in continental competitions with

DPR Korea last year winning the AFC U-16 Championship and reaching the final of both the AFC U-19 Championship and the Asian Games.

“Although our matches were not satisfactory at this tournament, I think this is a very valuable experience for the whole team,” said Jo.

“While those who are waiting at home are not very happy about the results they will encourage our team to make better games going forward.

“This tournament will be a good experience and motivate our team for further success in future tournaments like FIFA World Cup Qualifying and the next AFC Asian Cup.”

Finalmente una bella Corea nonostante la sconfitta

Finalmente la Corea mette in campo una prestazione orgogliosa e va vicina ad una clamorosa rimonta contro la Cina. Il primo tempo ha visto una Cina padrone del campo, anche grazie al gol nel primo minuto di Sun Ke, causato dall’ennesimo errore della difesa coreana (ancora Jang Song-Hyok). Al termine del primo tempo (42′) è ancora Sun Ke a mettere a segno la seconda rete colpendo una difesa coreana troppo ferma.
Nel secondo tempo si è vista finalmente una reazione orgogliosa dei coreani, che hanno dimostrato di non essere corpi estranei della manifestazione, premendo i cinesi nella propria metacampo alla ricerca di una clamorosa rimonta. Al 57′ grazie ad un tiro di Jong Il-Gwan deviato da Gao Lin, i coreani dimezzano lo svantaggio e vanno vicinissimi al pareggio con una traversa di So Hyon-uk da oltre 25 metri.

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