Coppa d’Asia: le nostre proposte per i convocati

A un mese dalla Coppa d’Asia facciamo brevemente il punto sulla possibile rosa dei coreani nella massima manifestazione continentale.

Al netto di infortuni, cali di forma o altri problemi, questi sono secondo noi i giocatori più meritevoli di convocazione.


In porta la certezza sarà il veterano Ri Myong-Guk (Pyongyang City, 28 anni), che ha giocato da titolare sia i Giochi Asiatici (da fuoriquota), sia la Coppa Est-Asiatica. Gli altri due posti potrebbero essere occupati a da An Tae-Song (25 Aprile, 20) e Ri Kwang-Il (Sobaeksu, 26). Alternativa è Ju Kwang-Min (Rimyongsu, 24).

A destra ha ben impressionato Ro Hak-Su (Rimyongsu, 24), protagonista alla President’s Cup e reduce da un periodo in prova al Luč-Ėnergija di Vladivostock. Ci sono inoltre la certezza Cha Jong-Hyok (Wil FC, Svizzera, 29), ormai da 4 stagioni perno della squadra elvetica, e Ri Kwang-Hyok (Kyonggongop, 27).

A sinistra si è riproposto Jon Kwang-Ik (Amrokgang, 26), protagonista nell’ultima Coppa d’Asia. Alternative sono Sim Hyon-Jin (Sobaeksu, 23), capace di giocare anche a centrocampo, e Kim Chol-Bom (Sobaksu, 20).

Vasta la scelta fra i difensori centrali, dove la coppia titolare dovrebbe essere composta dal capitano Ri Kwang-Chon (25 Aprile, 29), rientrato in patria dopo l’esperienza tailandese (Maunghtong United), e Jang Song-Hyok (Pyongyang City, 23), punto di riferimento dell’under-23 che ben ha giocato ai Giochi Asiatici. Alternative sono Jang Kuk-Chol (Kyonggongop, 20) e Son Min-Chol (Shillong Lajong, India, 28), il nippocoreano che ha giocato alla grandissima nelle ultime due stagione della I-League.

Sicure le convocazioni dei due nippocoreani Ri Yong-Jik (Tokushima Vortis, Giappone, 23) e Ryang Yong-Gi (Vegalta Sendai, Giappone, 32) tra i centrocampisti centrali, il perno dovrebbe essere Pak Nam-Chol (25 Aprile, 29) anch’esso reduce da esperienze in Tailandia (Maunghtong United e Sisaket FC), oltre a Pak Song-Chol (Rimyongsu, 30) vero regista della squadra. Bene hanno fatto ai Giochi Asiatici So Hyon-Uk (25 Aprile, 22). Un posto dovrebbe trovarlo anche Ri Chol-Myong (Pyongyang City, 26).

Poche le alternative tra gli esterni dove potrebbero trovare spazio Kim Kum-Il (25 Aprile, 27), An Il-Bom (Sobaeksu, 23) e Pak Song-Chol (25 Aprile, 23). Dipenderà sicuramente dal modulo che schiererà il commissario tecnico, che sarà Jo Tong-Sop (Yun Jong-Su è squalificato)

In attacco due posti sicuri saranno assegnati a Pak Kwang-Ryong (Vaduz, Svizzera-Liechtenstein, 22) e Jong Il-Gwan (Rimyongsu, 22), le due stelle della squadra. Le alternative sono Ri Hyok-Chol (Rimyongsu, 27), Kim Ju-Song (25 Aprile, 21), Jo Kwang (25 Aprile, 20), Choe Won (?,?) e Ri Myong-Jun (Sobeaksu, 24). A meno che non venga ripescato Jong Tae-Se (Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Sud Corea, 30) che però sembra ormai fuori dal giro, come An Yong-Hak (Yokhoama FC, Giappone, 36) altro storico nippocoreano (Zainichi).

DPRK Bags at Least 120 Gold Medals at 2014 Int’l Games

    Pyongyang, December 15 (KCNA) — Athletes of the DPRK have bagged at least 120 gold medals at 70-odd international games this year.
In particular, the DPRK proved remarkably successful in the weightlifting event.
It topped the country standings of the 2014 World Weightlifting Championship and won more than 20 gold medals for the year.
Its weightlifters renewed world records one after another and one of them set three new records at the 17th Asian Games, while some emerged world and Asian junior and juvenile weightlifting champions. Om Yun Chol and Kim Un Guk were recognized as world strongmen in 56kg and 62kg weightlifting categories.
The DPRK also showed good results in the football event.
The women team defeated its Japanese rival, world cup holder, in the finals at the 17th Asian Games, emerging the three-time winner in the wake of the 14th and 15th Asiads. The DPRK came first at the AFC U-16 Championship and the U-14 Girls Football Regional Championship.
Besides, the country obtained a lot of gold medals in other international games.
Yang Kyong Il, Ri Se Gwang and Hong Un Jong took the titles at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships and the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships and Pak Jong Ju, Ri Se Ung and Kim Son Hyang snatched gold medals at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games.
The DPRK athletes bagged gold medals in table-tennis, marathon, shooting, aero model, parachute, boxing, judo and other events, too.
Its Taekwon-Do players won gold medals twice those of last year. -0-

Annunciati i primi due convocati per la Coppa d’Asia 2015

Sono i due Zainichi Ryang Yong-Gi e Ri Yong-Jik i primi due convocati ufficiali per la Coppa d’Asia che si giocherà in Australia il prossimo gennaio.

Ryang Yong-Gi, classe ’82, centrocampista captiano del Vegalta Sendai, ha già partecipato alla Coppa d’Asia del 2011.

Ri Yong-Jik, classe ’91, gioca nel Tokushima Vortis, centrocampista, ha esordito nei recenti Giochi Asiatici, vincendo la medaglia d’argento.

North Korea’s hearing impaired football team given rare honour of trip to play Australia

Only a lucky few North Koreans get the chance to travel out of the country, but the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) first national hearing impaired football team is being given the rare privilege to play their first international friendly game against Australia in Sydney this weekend.

Formed just a year ago, the players are between the ages of 15 and 25 and they were handpicked to represent their country based on their health, skill and stamina.

To accommodate their disability, the coach gives orders using sign language and the referee uses a flag instead of a whistle.

“It’s difficult to play when you’re deaf but we are playing football together as a team,” player O Jung Gol said.

“We have good practice and with good team spirit, we can overcome all difficulties,” he said.

The North Korean team’s visit followed calls by the United Nations General Assembly’s Human Right’s Committee (HRC) last month to refer the DPRK to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

The referral followed a UN Commission of Inquiry report published in March 2013, which detailed wide-ranging human rights abuses and atrocities in the country, including prison camps, systematic torture and starvation.

Professor Bronwen Dalton from the University of Technology said the football tour was a significant step towards the North Korean government’s efforts to help improve international relations.

“Their visit is highly unusual and it’s trying to send a few messages,” Professor Dalton said.

“It’s that the North Koreans aren’t always about violation of human rights. For example, they provide support for the physically disabled.

“It’s also trying to signal a gesture of friendliness and a new experimentation with cultural diplomacy and sports diplomacy.

“Nevertheless, things are done with a purpose. It’s a very rational act there.

“It’s not a crazy rogue state. It does things in a calculated fashion and they would only be doing this, if they saw some benefit to their own international reputation.”
North Korea enters world stage for disabled sport

The DPRK’s deaf football team’s trip is a first, but it is the country’s third international appearance representing people with disabilities.

In 2012, Rim Ju Song, a 17-year-old amputee, participated in the Paralympics in London, as the country’s first Paralympian athlete.

Despite the swimmer coming in last in his race, his courage to compete made history at home and abroad.

And most recently, the DPRK sent nine athletes to participate in this year’s Asian Para Games in South Korea.

In 2003, the government passed a law that officially acknowledged the existence of people with a disability and it aimed, in principle, to protect them.

The law outlined six chapters on caring for people with a disability, covering areas such as rehabilitation, education, cultural life and labour.

Little is known about the effectiveness of the law and Professor Dalton has questioned the significance of the legislation.

“As far as rights of people with a disability in North Korea, I feel there hasn’t been a significant change,” he said.

“Basic human rights are under threat in that country and there are no particular services or support delivered despite the recognition of people with a disability in 2003.”

But North Korea’s football chief manager, Jong Hyun, insisted their government was working hard to address the needs of all citizens.

“The government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea regards the work for the protection of people with a disability as one of the most important policies,” he said.

“The government is giving priority to the development of work of the protection of people with disability now.”

As for the upcoming friendly match on December 13, striker Ri Kuk Jin said whatever the final result, he hoped to make his country proud.

“We are very grateful to the government for sending us to be here,” he said.

“We are people with disability. We are all deaf but we will work hard to improve our football skills through this opportunity so that we can repay our government’s policy for protection of people with disabilities.”

North Korea boss banned for a year for arguing with referee

North Korea’s preparations for the Asian Cup have suffered a blow after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) suspended head coach Yun Jong Su for 12 months.

Yun was suspended from all AFC competitions for “offensive behaviour” during the Asian Games final in Incheon in October when the North were beaten 1-0 by South Korea following a goal in the last minute of extra time.

The goal sparked an angry response from Yun and the North Korean bench, who remonstrated with officials after the match and accused referees of favouring hosts South Korea.

The AFC said on its website that while Yun could still register as a team official, attend training sessions, and undertake other football-related activities, he was banned from entering the dressing room or the area surrounding the field of play.

The AFC also banned North Korean player Kim Yong Il for six months after he received a red card at the end of the match for “misconduct against match officials.”

North Korea have been grouped with China, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan at the Jan. 9-31 Asian Cup in Australia.

AFC Prize Awarded to DPRK Football Association

    Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) — The DPRK Football Association won the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Developing Member Association of the Year Award.
Its awarding ceremony was held in Manila, Philippines.
This year, the DPRK finished first at the women’s football event in the 17th Asian Games, the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship and U-14 Girls Soccer Regional Championship, while taking the second place in men’s football event in the 17th Asian Games and the 2014 Asian U-19 and U-14 football championships.
The DPRK Football Association had been awarded the prize of the best football association in 2006 and the prize of the best football association (for men) in 2009.
The AFC awarded to the DPRK’s national women’s football team the prize of the best national women’s football team in 2007 and 2008 and to the DPRK’s U-20 women’s football team the prize of the best women’s football team in 2006.
Meanwhile, Kim Kwang Min was awarded the best football coach prize in 2008, Ri Kum Suk the best woman footballer prize in 2007, Ra Un Sim, the best junior female footballer prize in 2007 and Jong Il Gwan the best junior male footballer prize in 2010. -0-

Hwaebul campioni di calcio nella RPDC

    Pyongyang, 3 dicembre (Kcna) - La squadra Hwaebul (torcia) squadra in Corea Popolare è emersa come una potenza calcistica nel paese.
La squadra ha ottenuto il primo posto nella Premier League maschile per i Campionati della RPDC giocato tra dal 20 settembre a fine ottobre di quest’anno.
E ‘stata creata nel maggio Juche 102 (2013) come un gruppo di calcio del Comitato Centrale della Lega Socialista Giovanile Kim Il Sung. Il leader supremo Kim Jong Un la chiamò Hwaebul nel senso che dovrebbe diventare una scintilla per alzare il vento caldo sullo sport in tutto il paese.
La squadra Hwaebul ha fatto il suo debutto nella Premier League maschilenel Concorso di sport Premio Torcia Pochombo, arrivando prima.
Ha inoltre ottenuto buoni risultati dello scorso anno Campionati RPDC e torneo di calcio di quest’anno valido per la Torch Cup. -0-