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Premier League Football Matches under Way in DPRK

    Pyongyang, October 17 (KCNA) — Premier league football matches for the DPRK Championships, started on September 20, are going on, drawing attention of experts and fans.
Taking part in the league matches are 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams.
The match between Sonbong Team and April 25 Team ended 2:1 on September 26 and the match between Kigwancha Team and Amnokgang Team 3:2 on September 30 in men’s event. And Sobaeksu Team defeated April 25 Team 1:0 on October 4 in women’s event. All those results were unexpected.
As of October 16, Hwaebul, April 25 and Amnokgang teams are taking the lead in men’s event while Sobaeksu, Amnokgang and Pyongyang teams in women’s event.
The premier league football matches will run till October 29. -0-



Prefazione di FEDERICO BUFFA

L’avevano definito il “nuovo Superman” poi è sparito. Helmuth Duckadam, quel 7 maggio del 1986 aveva conquistato il mondo. Un exploit casuale o un gran colpo di fortuna, secondo molti. Invece dietro a quella vittoria c’era una grande squadra e un progetto tecnico di primo livello. Nelle pagine di “Due a zero” leggerete le biografie di tutti i protagonisti e le cronache delle partite, gli aspetti politici e storici: in conclusione, la storia di un’impresa straordinaria.

Per acquisti:

Afc U19: si vola in semifinale!

Grazie ad una parata di Cha Jong-Hun al quinto rigore battuto dal fenomeno giapponese Takumi Minamino la RPDC vola in semifinale e guadagna, soprattutto, il pass per il prossimo Mondiale under-20. Un’impresa se pensiamo che nella seconda gara del girone la Corea aveva appena 1 punto!

Vantaggio coreano firmato da Kim Kuk-Chol al 36′ con un colpo di testa e pareggio giapponese all’83’ su rigore, proprio di Minamino.
Ai rigori perfette le prime nove battute e poi Cha si supera sul talento giapponese.

La formazione coreana:



DPR Korea advanced to the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Championship after edging out Japan 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Friday’s quarter-final at Wunna Theikdi Stadium.

With chances at a premium during a hard-fought contest, Kim Kuk-chol’s header on 37 minutes appeared to have secured victory for the Koreans only for Japan captain Takumi Minamino to equalise with eight minutes remaining from the spot.
But with goalkeeper Cha Jong-hun then saving the decisive penalty from the same player in the shootout, three-time champions DPR Korea will now travel to Yangon ahead of Monday’s semi-finals, with An Ye-gun’s side also securing a return to the FIFA U-20 World Cup next year for their third appearance at the finals.
Both teams made just one change from their final group stage ties on Tuesday with Japan forward Ado Onaiwu getting his first start in place of Kohya Kitagawa, while Jon Kum-dong returned to DPR Korea’s backline after missing out against Oman and Iraq.
And it was the Koreans who almost opened the match in explosive fashion as Kim Yu-song forced his way into the penalty area in the second minute only to see his toe-poked effort blocked by a spread-eagled jumping block from Japan goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura.
The danger was not averted, though, as the rebound fell to Jin Il-sok, but the forward’s low shot was stopped this time by a more orthodox low save from Nakamura, diving low to his right.
Japan’s riposte nearly resulted in the opener, however, as on 11 minutes Yosuke Ideguchi’s free-kick from 25-yards-out swerved around the DPR Korea wall and clattered the foot of the right-hand post with custodian Cha Jong-hun beaten.
Onaiwu then missed two good chances after being played in by first Shota Kaneko and later Takumi Minamino as Japan enjoyed the lion’s share of possession.
Nakamura was then called into action once again in spectacular style after the half-hour mark as he pulled off an outstanding reaction save from Kang Nam-gwon’s shot from just 10 yards out following a free-kick that was not dealt with by the Japan defence.
But the warning went unheeded and the subsequent corner caused panic again amongst the blue-clad ranks, with the ball eventually coming out to Kang on the right flank and the midfielder’s cross found Kim Kuk-chol at the back-post to head home.
Japan coach Masakazu Suzuki freshened up his front line at half-time in an attempt to restore parity with Kitagawa coming on to replace Onaiwu.
Despite the switch in attack, the Samurai Blue struggled to penetrate the Korean backline until the 72nd minute as Ideguchi’s free-kick found a leaping Kaneko who turned his header onto the post, with Minamino unable to reach the rebound as it rolled along the six-yard box.
But with eight minutes remaining, tricky winger Kaneko danced into the penalty area from the left-flank and had his feet taken out from under him as he looked to pull the trigger.
And Minamino duly punished the infraction in ruthless fashion, slamming the resulting penalty-kick past Cha into the bottom left-hand corner to draw the sides level.
The remaining minutes of regulation time, nor the additional half-hour of extra-time, could bring further changes to the score line and the match went to penalties.
The first eight spot-kicks were a veritable penalty-taking clinic with both sides tied 4-4 going into the decisive round.
But after Jo Sol-song blasted home their fifth kick to extend their perfect record, Minamino’s effort was saved by a flying save to his right from Cha to seal victory and break Japan hearts.

AFC U-19 Championship QF: Japan v DPR Korea preview

Nay Pyi Taw: Teamwork is the key to victory insists Japan coach Masakazu Suzuki ahead of their AFC U-19 quarter-final showdown with three-time champions DPR Korea at Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Friday.
Japan, who are hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive quarter-final elimination at this tournament, topped Group C in impressive fashion after bouncing back from an opening defeat against China to pick up consecutive wins over Vietnam and defending champions Korea Republic.
And despite star forward Takumi Minamino being the outstanding player for Japan thus far, Suzuki is adamant that should his side secure a place in the semi-final it will take every player on the field, not just the Cerezo Osaka star.
“This team has been playing together for over a year and a half now, and it is their chemistry and togetherness that has got them here, even throughout tough times,” said Suzuki, under whom Minamino scored three goals in three games in the tournament’s group stages.
“Even though Minamino is important, we try not to rely on him too much and we try to score from every position, not just him, the other strikers and attacking midfielders can make goals too.
“That was the key to winning this group; they did not give up as a team and kept playing together until the last whistle. This will be the key to winning against DPR Korea and that will be the key to ending our bad run of results at this competition.”
As well as a place in the semi-finals, Japan seek a return to the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time since 2007 when they reached the Round of 16. And the ticket for the tournament next year in New Zealand earned by the final four teams is certainly something on Suzuki’s mind.
“It’s one of the goals of me and my players to qualify for the World Cup, I want the players to experience the opportunity to play in that tournament as well,” he added.
DPR Korea are appearing in their third AFC U-19 Championship quarter-final in the last four editions of the tournament having finished second in Group D behind Qatar, while victory on Sunday would secure a return to the semi-finals for the first time since 2010, a tournament they went on to win.
“We came through a very difficult group and now we have another very tough opponent in Japan in what is a must-win game for us,” said DPR Korea coach An Ye-gun.
“Japan have many good individually skilled players, like Minamino who has obviously got a lot of ability, but despite his talent he cannot operate well without his team, so we will focus on shutting them down as a team, not just focusing on individuals.
“We have to focus on being mentally and physically stronger than our opponents and impose our own game in the tie; that will be the key to success.”
DPR Korea go into the knockout stage as one of the team’s in the final eight with the worst goal difference from the group stages, alongside hosts Myanmar, but An is convinced the quarter-finals represent a clean slate for his side.
“The first two matches in the group stage were difficult games and we were not physically recovered from our travel from DPR Korea,” he said.
“The third game against Iraq, though, was a must-win and by that point the players were mentally and physically prepared and they got the result we needed.
“We will be fully ready for tomorrow’s game.”

La Disinformazione: la bufala della nazionale di calcio Nord coreana in galera con il rischio di pena capitale

Sappiamo che per i “fedelissimi” del blog, la notizia che riportiamo di seguito non racconta nulla di nuovo. Da anni, infatti, sia attraverso il blog, sia nei libri “Con lo Spirito Chollima” e “Patria, popolo e medaglie”, sia attraverso gli articoli scritti nelle varie testate, cerchiamo di smentire i vari “argomenti da bettola” che leggiamo sulla Corea Popolare e le sue squadre sportive (calcistiche, in particolare, visto che è l’argomento più sensibile dei “frequentatori di bettole”).
L’articolo che riportiamo, però, serve a mo’ di archivio. Teniamolo lì, sempre pronto.


L’Associazione “Nessuno tocchi Caino” ha pubblicato il 4 ottobre 2014 un articolo in cui si afferma che tutti i giocatori della nazionale di calcio nordcoreana sarebbero stati incarcerati dopo la sconfitta subita con la Corea del Sud il 2 ottobre (
La stessa associazione attribuisce la notizia nientepopodimeno che al Rodong Sinmun, il giornale ufficiale del Comitato Centrale del Partito dei Lavoratori di Corea.
L’articolo termina citando la fonte da cui la redazione di “Nessuno tocchi Caino” ha copiato pari pari la notizia: il National Report ( che nella pagina del sito, accanto al nome della testata, afferma di essere “La fonte di notizie indipendenti numero 1 in America” (“America’s #1 Independent News Source”) (
Lo stesso articolo viene riportato anche da una fonte più autorevole: Nuova Agenzia Radicale ( la quale inizia subito citando il Rodong Sinmun come fonte primaria, evidenziando in grassetto quelle che, secondo l’articolista dell’agenzia, sarebbero le notizie più importanti: i giocatori dopo la partita sarebbero stati immediatamente “stati trasferiti in una prigione di massima sicurezza”, che l’esecuzione capitale dei giocatori “è stata pienamente sostenuta” dalla redazione stessa del Rodong Sinmun e che Kim Jong Un “intendeva giustiziare in pubblico” i calciatori nordcoreani.
Dulcis in fundo si cita ancora un’ipotetica indagine compiuta dalla FIFA nel 2010 sulla sorte del giocatori della nazionale nordcoreana i quali “erano stato gravemente torturati dopo aver perso tutte e tre le partite della Coppa del Mondo”.
Siamo ancora alla solita disinformazione.
Se le redazioni di “Nessuno tocchi Caino” e di “Nuova Agenzia Radicale” avessero, come avrebbero dovuto fare, controllato meglio la fonte da cui traevano l’articolo, si sarebbero accorte in pochi istanti che National Report è un giornale satirico, che riporta notizie volutamente false e ironicamente esagerate, non solo sulla Corea del Nord, ma anche su argomenti più disparati. Restando nel campo della Corea del Nord, sul giornale si legge che “Il leader nord coreano Kim Jong Un sarebbe stato rapito dall’ISIS” o che “Kim Jong Un ha obbligato i nordcoreano ad accorciarsi il pene”.
Ma, anche senza fare tanta fatica di spulciare gli articoli del sito, la notizia avrebbe dovuto già sollecitare i dubbi delle redazioni italiane per il solo fatto che si afferma che la partita di calcio tra le due Coree sarebbe stata disputata in casa (notizia riportata da entrambe i siti senza, evidentemente, verificare l’attendibilità). Oltretutto si afferma che la nazionale di calcio nordcoreana sarebbe stata scortata “fino a un bus in attesa, con il quale sarebbero poi trasferiti in una prigione di massima sicurezza” (grassetto del testo originale di “Nuova Agenzia Radicale”, ma la stessa frase è stata riportata da “Nessuno tocchi Caino”.
In realtà la partita, finale dei Giochi Asiatici 2014, si è svolta non a Pyongyang, ma allo stadio Munhak di Incheon, in Sud Corea. Impossibile, dunque che i giocatori siano stati trasferiti direttamente dallo statio ad una prigione di massima sicurezza nordcoreana. A meno che sia stata una prigione sudcoreana. Ma a questo punto, immaginiamo che il governo di Pyongyang avrebbe colto immediatamente l’occasione per denunciare alla comunità internazionale l’accaduto. Cosa che non ha fatto. Almeno sino a quando ai redattori di National Report non verrà l’idea di scrivere un articolo su questo argomento.


Siamo sicuri che troverebbero altre redazioni (speriamo non le stesse coinvolte in questa occasione) pronte a riportare la notizia sui loro siti.

Copyright ©Piergiorgio Pescali

Il punto sull’AFC U19

Girone A con l’eliminazione clamorosa dell’Iran (grossa crisi a livello giovanile) e dello Yemen, e il passaggio del turno della sempre più sorprendente Tailandia e dei padroni di casa del Myanmar.
Girone B equilibratissimo con 3 squadre a 5 punti: eliminata l’Australia per la differenza reti. Passano Emirati Arabi Uniti ed Uzbekistan. Fuori anche l’Indonesia.
Nel girone C sorpresa con l’eliminazione della SudCorea, a discapito di Cina e Giappone. Vietnam ultimo.
Come detto nel girone D impresa della RPDC che dopo una sconfitta e un pareggio al 90 batte l’Iraq (sempre tra le favorite) e supera il turno assieme al Qatar. Eliminato anche l’Oman.

Il 17 i quarti:
Tailandia – Uzbekistan
RPDC – Giappone
Emirati Arabi – Myanmar
Cina – Qatar

capocannoniere Ahmed Al Saadi (QAT) con 4 reti.

Chi passa il turno si qualifica per i Mondiali under20 (Nuova Zelanda 2015).
Nel Giappone bisogna tenere d’occhio il bomber Takumi Minamino, del Cerezo Osaka, già autore di 3 reti.

AFC U19: RPDC – Iraq 2-1

Si chiedeva una grande prestazione contro l’Iraq e così è stato: 2-0, con le reti di Jo Kwang-Myong (al 50′), abile a sfruttrare un cross dalla destra, e Kim Yu-Song (al 63′) freddo di fronte al portiere dopo un rimpallo.
Inutile il gol iraqeno al 93′ di Alaa Ali Mhawi.

Formazione titolare:


Iraq 1-2 DPR Korea

Nay Pyi Taw: Goals from Jo Kwang-myong and Kim Yu-song took three-times champions DPR Korea through to the quarter-finals of the AFC U-19 Championship at the expense of 2012 finalists Iraq, who were downed 2-1 by the East Asians in the Group D finale on Tuesday.

Although Iraq needed just a point from the game at Wunna Theikdi Stadium to advance to the knockout stages, they were rocked by Jo’s 50th minute opener, an advantage which was then doubled by strike-partner So 11 minutes later, and it was a deficit that proved too difficult to overcome for the five-time champions despite Alaa Mhawi’s late stoppage-time goal.

The Koreans’ reward as group runners-up will be a meeting with Japan in Friday’s quarter-final in Nay Pyi Taw, while Group D winners Qatar, having defeated Oman 2-0 in Yangon in the day’s other game, will now face Group C runners-up China.

“There was no way out for us today, we had to win, there was no other option, so that’s why the players were so mentally strong today,” said DPR Korea coach An Ye-gun, who was relieved to see his squad finally over the travel fatigue from travelling from Pyeongyang to Nay Pyi Taw.

“This was a match also about physical conditioning. Today I could finally see that the players were recovered from their travel tiredness, and I could see during the match that Iraq’s players were not physically in good shape for this game – that’s why we could win.”

With DPR Korea requiring all three points the young Chollima were on the offensive in the opening quarter of an hour, albeit without truly testing Iraq goalkeeper Hayder Al Abedi.

Instead, the first meaningful action came at the other end on 16 minutes as Cha Jong-hun had to be alert to fist away Bashar Resan’s 16th minute free-kick with Emad Mohsin lurking dangerously on the off-chance of a fumble by the DPR Korea custodian.

And with Iraq’s best moments coming from set-pieces, Mohammed Khalid than floated an in-swinging free-kick over the crossbar six minutes later before Resan’s second dead-ball effort of the afternoon shortly after the half-hour mark whistled narrowly wide of the left-hand upright.

But following the interval, the game just needed five minutes to have the deadlock broken as from Kim’s cut-back from the right flank, Jo found himself with both time and space by the penalty spot to drive a low shot past Al Abedi for his second goal in two games.

It got even worse for the West Asians two minutes past the hour-mark, as once again haphazard defending saw Kim latch on to Ri Un-chol pass and this time the provider turned finisher as he coolly placed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to leave Iraq with a mountain to climb.

Resan then had a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit, but after slaloming through the Korean backline his initial shot from close-range was blocked, before he lifted the follow-up high over the crossbar from less than six yards out.

Iraq did pull a goal back deep into added time through Alaa Mhawi but it was too little, too late and with their 2012 final opponents Korea Republic also being eliminated yesterday, the tournament will have a brand new pairing in this year’s championship climax.

“Although I intended to change the team, I saw that the other players yesterday were not ready for the game, so I started the same 10 players I have used throughout the tournament,” said Iraq coach Abdulraheem Hameed.

“But we did not play well today and, unfortunately, the players lost concentration in defence at crucial moments in the game.”

Sollevare il vento caldo dello sport in tutto il paese

editoriale del Rodong Sinmun

Il vento caldo dello sport deve essere sollevato in tutto il paese secondo l’idea del Partito dei Lavoratori di Corea per attribuire allo sport un importanza capitale e dimostrare così il sorprendente spirito e la resistenza del Songun coreano per fare un balzo in avanti per diventare una potenza sportiva.  
E’ ferma volonta del PLC di rendere il vento caldo dello sport in tutto il paese e promuovere la forza fisica in tutte le persone in modo che possano contribuire attivamente al lavoro e alla difesa e trasformare così il paese in una potenza sportiva invidiata in tutto il mondo il più presto possibile.
I risultati brillanti realizzati dai nostri sportivi ai Giochi Asiatici 17° e al Concorso degli sport di massa del 2014 che hanno attirato forte attenzione in tutto il paese sono una prova evidente della vitalità dell’idea del PLC di attribuire importanza allo sport.
Gli sport sono un importante opera correlata alla dignità e all’onore del paese e della nazione e l’avanzata vittoriosa della rivoluzione e della costruzione.
Solo attraverso gli sportivi le nostre bandiere sono presenti in paesi stranieri in tempo di pace. I successi lodevoli dei nostri atleti ai giochi internazionali negli ultimi anni hanno suscitato l’ammirazione del popolo di tutto il mondo.
Gli sport svolgono un ruolo importante nella società per animare ed aumentare lo spirito rivoluzionario del popolo e lo spirito combattivo.
Il vento caldo dello sport aiuta il senso rivoluzionario e ottimistico della vita a prevalere in tutto il paese e a portare un progresso maggiore nella costruzione di una nazione prospera.

Sports Contest of Diplomatic Corps Held

Pyongyang, October 13 (KCNA) — The sports contest of diplomatic corps in the DPRK took place at the Taesongsan Pleasure Park here on October 7-12.
The corps, divided into five teams, competed with each other in the events of football, volleyball and basketball.
Among the spectators were Kung Sok Ung, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, officials concerned, ambassadors of different countries, representatives of international bodies, family members of the different embassies and sports fans.
There were the finals on Oct. 12. The football title was taken by the team of embassies of European, Middle East, African and Latin American countries, the basketball title by the team of embassies of Asian countries and the volleyball title by the team of UN cooperation organizations.
That day, the participants enjoyed amusement games, divided into Hong (red) and Chong (blue) teams.
Prizes were awarded to the successful teams and individuals.
Then a national food show was given by families of the diplomatic corps.
Iranian Ambassador Mansour Chavoshi expressed thanks for having provided the sports contest of the diplomatic corps. Saying that the contest well showed the friendly relations between the DPRK and all other countries, he hoped that the friendly relationship among countries would grow stronger. -0-