China v North Korea: Kim Chang-bok’s side look for another win

North Korea are aiming to back up their surprise victory over Japan when they meet China at the East Asian Cup on Wednesday.Kim Chang-bok’s men came from behind to beat Japan 2-1 in their tournament opener, with Ri Hyok-chol and Pak Hyon-il on the scoresheet.
The win has North Korea in a good spot in the final stage, second only to South Korea on goal difference with two matches remaining.
Kim’s side have a losing record against China, winning just five of the 19 matches between the two nations.
If North Korea manage another win, they will be on track for their first ever East Asian Cup crown – although a crunch clash against South Korea could await on the final matchday.Hosts China went down to South Korea 2-0 in their opener in Wuhan.
Alain Perrin’s side have work to do if they are to impress their home fans, who will be expecting a response on Wednesday.
Among China’s squad is Gao Lin, the Guangzhou Evergrande striker who has scored 18 international goals in 84 matches.Gao was on the scoresheet in China’s 2-1 win over North Korea at the Asian Cup in January, albeit for the wrong side – his own goal offset by a Sun Ke brace.
More will be expected of China, but they face a North Korea side hungry and confident after their flying start.

Grande vittoria contro il Giappone

Parte con il piede giusto la nazionale nordcoreana nell’EAFF Cup che si sta svolgendo a Wuhan, Cina.
I ragazzi di Kim Chang-Bok, privi di Pak Kwang-Ryong infortunato e senza i due Zainichi Ri Yong-Jik e An Byong-Jun (rimasti in Giappone), sono subito messi alle corde dai giovani giapponesi (che schieravano una sorta di nazionale B), capaci di passare subito in vantaggio con Yuki Muto, al 3′ minuto. Per una buona mezz’ora i nipponici tengono il campo alla grande e solo un ottimo Ri Myong-Guk evita il raddoppio.
Nella seconda parte della gara, in particolare con l’ingresso del “pennellone” Pak Hyon-Il, alterego fisico e tecnico di Pak Kwang-Ryong, i coreani prendono coraggio e schiacciano i nipponici nella propria metacampo. Proprio su una spizzata di Pak arriva il gol del pareggio con Ri Hyok-Chol al 78′ e nei minuti finali su un cross da lontano è proprio il puntero coreano a trovare l’angolo giusto di testa e a battere Taniguchi Shogo.


Dichiarazioni di Pak Kwang-Ryong

Pak Kwang Ryong interview
“The medical department sent me back to Switzerland, I will stop playing for a month”
“Japan and South Korea will not take the best players, like Keisuke Honda or Son Min. This increases our chances to win the EAFF 2015″
“These games are good to prepare to qualify for the World Cup 2018″
“The second Japanese team is stronger than our recent adversaries, and some countries in Europe. We could not underestimate”
“I wish good luck for tomorrow. Thank you dear Leader Un to send me a message of hope for my future as a player in Europe”

Koreas seeking to hold youth football games next month

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) — South and North Korea are seeking to hold a youth football tournament next month in Pyongyang as the South has reported no further cases of the MERS virus, a pro-unification group in the South said Tuesday.
The two Koreas are in talks to hold football matches between the two sides’ teenage teams in mid-August in the North’s capital, according to the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation.”The date has not been decided, but the two sides have been in constant talks for the U-15 football games,” said a council official.
The football games were supposed to have been held in May, but Pyongyang, highly sensitive to the outbreak of infectious diseases, had requested that Seoul del
ay the tournament twice on concerns about the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the South.
Since the outbreak in late May, 186 people have been infected with the viral disease in South Korea with the death toll reaching 36. Seoul reported no additional infections for more than two weeks on Tuesday.
The U-15 football games were first held in November in Yeoncheon, north of Seoul, when the North sent a group of 32 athletes and officials. In February, the second round of matches was held in Chengdu, China.
South Korea earlier said that it will encourage its civic groups to increase inter-Korean exchanges in non-political areas this year in a bid to promote national [email protected](END)