Monthly Archives: agosto 2015

N. Korean football school wants students to ‘think’

PYONGYANG, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) – North Korea has long stressed sports as a means to raise its international stature, and that’s the spirit in which Pyongyang International Football School (PIFS), for kids aged 7-14, opened in 2013.

The goal is to foster football players who will represent North Korea in 10 years, says Hyon Chol-yun, who heads the school in the North Korean capital.

It has made strides in recent years. In 2014, North Korea stunned the South with its national youth football team beating South Korea 2-1 at the AFC U-16 Championship final. With two of its players part of FC Barcelona, South Korea had predicted an easy victory.

The North Korean football training system works on a survival-based methodology in which those who fail to keep up are pruned annually, Hyon told Yonhap News Agency when the school was opened to South Korean media for the first time last week. Yonhap was one of two media outlets there.

Students at PIFS learn regular subjects in addition to North Korean ideologies — a must in every school. Football theories are taught in English to prepare them for overseas recruitment, which occurs every year. This year, Italy’s Perugia will visit to take their pick.

Like any other team, the North Koreans strive to mimic the Spanish style of “tiki-taka,” characterized by its quick movements and passes, and the stalwart defense of the Germans. As such, students are evaluated based not just on their physical merits, but also on intelligence and aggressiveness, Hyon said.

Hyon Chol-yun poses for a photo in front of the Pyongyang International Football School of which he is the principal on Aug. 17, 2015. (Yonhap)

“I tell them to always use their brain no matter the situation,” he said, “because once the game starts, there’s only so much a coach can do. The 11 players must come up with their own solution at times of crisis.”

   It’s a hard-learned lesson from the past, when North Korea used to focus only on the cohesiveness and stamina of the team at the expense of creativity.

The school’s size has nearly doubled from 80 students in its inaugural class to 160 students now.

“‘Football that thinks’ is the new wave of North Korean football,” Hyon said. “Pyongyang International Football School will build on that wave and strive to stay at its forefront.”


Ari Sports Cup: risultati

gruppo A
1. 25 Aprile
2. Gyeonggi
3. Kunming
4. Atletico Sorocaba

1-tur, 21 agosto
Kunming – Gyeonggi 0:3
Atletico Sorocaba – 4.25 0:3

2-tur, 22 agosto
Kunming – Atletico Sorocaba 0:8
25 aprile – Gyeonggi 0:3

3-tur, 23 agosto
25 aprile – Kunming 4:0
Atletico Sorocaba – Gyeonggi 1:1

Gruppo B 
1. Bunyodkor
2. Segesta
3. Pyongyang International Football School
4. Gwangwon

1-tur, 21 agosto
Bunyodkor – Pyongyang IFS 0:3 
Segesta – Gwangwon 0:1

2-tur, 22 agosto
Pyongyang IFS – Segesta 5:1 
Bunyodkor – Gwangwon 2:1

3-tur, 23 agosto
Pyongyang IFS – Gwangwon 3:0 
Segesta – Bunyodkor 0:1

24 agosto 
4.25 batte Bunyodkor
Pyongyang IFS batte Atletico Sorocaba

25 Aprile batte Pyongyang IFS

Atletico Sorocaba batte Bunyodkor

Gyeonggi – Gwangwon

Kunming – Segesta

S. Korean teen footballers enjoying themselves in Pyongyang despite military exchange

PYONGYANG, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) — About 24 hours after the two Koreas exchanged fire across their heavily fortified border, South Korean footballers participating in an international youth tournament in Pyongyang on Friday were seemingly oblivious to the tension.

The second edition under-15 competition kicked off Friday in the North Korean capital, a day after the exchange of artillery fire between the Koreas. South Korea is represented by two teams: one from Gyeonggi Province and another from southern Gangwon Province. They are up against two squads from North Korea and teams from China, Uzbekistan, Croatia and Brazil. The tournament will close on Monday.

The South Koreans were informed of Thursday’s clash on Friday morning. Yet when the Gyeonggi Province squad defeated the Chinese team from Kunming 3-0 at Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, any lingering tension among the young players seemed to have dissipated.

And it didn’t hurt that most of the 70,000 fans were behind the South Koreans.

Kang Min-seung, who scored the first goal of the match, said it was “an honor” to get his team on board first at “an important competition.”

“And when I scored, the cheers were so loud that I got goosebumps,” Kang added.

Lim Jae-hyeok, captain for the Gyeonggi Province team, said he and the players are doing just fine and that their parents shouldn’t worry about them.

“We’ll come home with the championship,” Lim said with a smile.

South Korean players participating at an international youth football tournament in Pyongyang watch a match between April 25 Sports Club of North Korea and Atletico Sorocaba of Brazil at Rungrado May Day Stadium on Aug. 21, 2015. (Yonhap)

The South Korean players, officials and provincial representatives attended a reception hosted by the North Korean organizers Thursday evening, even as the tension continued to rise on the peninsula.

At the dinner, Hyon Chol-yun, principal of the Pyongyang International Football School, said he hoped the players from all countries would “have a good time” during the second edition of competition. Kim Gyeong-sung, the South Korean head of the Inter-Korean Athletic Exchange Association, responded, “We hope to host the third competition in South Korea and to be able to play at this tournament every year.”

Earlier Friday, Gyeonggi provincial officials said they phoned the parents of every Gyeonggi player currently in Pyongyang to assure them of their children’s safety.

“We felt the parents would be really worried about their children, and we decided to speak to them to put their mind at ease,” one Gyeonggi official said. “Surprisingly, most of the parents were quite calm and collected.”

Women Football Aces of DPRK

Pyongyang, August 18 (KCNA) — The DPRK women’s football team recently won the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup held in Wuhan, China, producing the best player, top scorer and best defender of the tournament.
One of them is Ra Un Sim, top scorer of the tournament who was born in Kyongsong County, North Hamgyong Province. She got three goals in the matches against Japanese and south Korean rivals.
Wi Jong Sim, who was selected as the best player of the tournament, is active in the Kalmaegi Sports Team. She, born in Sinhung County, South Hamgyong Province, kicked two goals into the net of the Chinese team.
Kim Nam Hui from the April 25 Sports Team was born in Kim Chaek City, North Hamgyong Province. During the tournament she proved herself worthy of the best defender of the tournament.
Among women football aces of the DPRK team are Ri Ye Gyong, Hong Myong Hui, Kim Yun Mi, Kim Un Ju and Yun Song Mi. -0-

Players and Coaches Commended

Pyongyang, August 15 (KCNA) — Commendations were awarded to players and coaches who proved successful at the 2015 EAFF East Asia Cup.
Women footballers and coaches demonstrated once again the dignity and honor of the great Paektusan nation shining with the august names of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and powerfully encouraged the army and people of the DPRK by winning the 2015 EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup.
According to the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly on Aug. 12, Kim Jong Il Prize was awarded to Kim Kwang Min, Kim Jong Il Youth Honor Prize to Ju Hyo Sim, Ri Un Sim and Ri Hyang Sim, the title of People’s Athlete to Ra Un Sim, Hong Myong Hui, Kim Un Ju and Ri Myong Sam, the title of Merited Athlete to Ri Ye Gyong, Kim Nam Hui, Kim Un Hyang, Kim Yun Mi, Kim Un Ha, Wi Jong Sim, Yun Song Mi, Kim Su Gyong and Pak Pong Nam, Order of National Flag Second Class to Jon So Yon, Ra Sol Ju, Ri Un Yong, Ri Hui Jong, Kim Phyong Hwa, Pak Sin Jong and Choe Kyong Im. -0-