Monthly Archives: settembre 2015

Koreas’ labor unions meet to discuss football matches

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) — Officials from South Korea’s two umbrella labor union groups visited North Korea on Wednesday to discuss ways on holding their football friendly matches, government officials said.

Representatives from the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions met with their North Korean counterparts in the North’s border city of Kaesong to set details over their football games, according to the Unification Ministry.

The South Korean labor union groups originally sought to hold football games among workers of the two Koreas in May. But the government rejected their bid at that time, citing its political nature.

Earlier, the North’s group on workers proposed to hold football matches of the two Koreas’ workers in Pyongyang next month.

Workers of the two sides previously had friendly matches in 1999 and 2007.

Jeong Joon-hee, ministry spokesman, said that officials from the two Koreas’ labor groups will discuss the timing and other details during their working-level contacts.

He said that if they reached an agreement on football matches, the government will take into account overall inter-Korean relations in approving related South Koreans’ visits to North Korea.

South and North Korea reached a landmark deal on Aug. 25 to ease military tension and promote civilian inter-Korean exchanges.

Azkals face North Korea in Pyongyang sans Patiño

The Philippines will miss top striker Javier Patiño for the crucial World Cup Qualifying duel with North Korea on Oct. 8 in Pyongyang.

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley left Patiño out from the 22-man side bound for the North Korean capital, after the striker who has scored three goals in seven appearances for the national side, sustained what appeared as a hamstring injury in a Chinese Super League game last Sept. 20.

Patiño who plays for CSL side Henan Jianye told Dooley he could be out for “two to three weeks” which means the striker could still make the trip to Manama for the game against Bahrain on Oct. 13.

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Jong Tae-Se: vi racconto la mia Corea del Nord

Pubblichiamo in esclusiva per l’Italia l’intervista del brasiliano Lenan Cunha, gestore della pagina “Futebol na Coreia do Norte”, a Jong Tae-Se, l’ex attaccante della nazionale Chollima. Nell’intervista Tae-Se smentisce alcune falsità messe in giro sul suo nome e ricostruisce il suo rapporto con la nazionale di Pyongyang.

Women Footballers of April 25 Sports Team Prove Successful

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    Pyongyang, September 21 (KCNA) — 20 day-long women’s premier soccer league for celebrating the 67th birthday of the DPRK (September 9) came to a close here with 118 goals in total through 40 group league and knockout matches.
    The final match took place on September 19 between the April 25 Sports Team and the Pyongyang Sports Team, which ended 2:1.
    In the group league matches, the April 25 Sports Team overwhelmed the Wolmido team 4:1, the winner of the 2015 Pochonbo Torch Prize.
    Women footballers of the April 25 Sports Team scored 14 goals in five matches.
    They defeated their rivals of the Rimyongsu Sports Team 1:0 in the semi-finals. 

DPRK Attaches Importance to Football: Chairman of East Asian Football Federation

    Pyongyang, September 22 (KCNA) — Zhang Jian, chairman of the East Asian Football Federation who visited the DPRK said, when interviewed by KCNA that the DPRK has attached great importance to football.
    The DPRK gives full play to the great potentiality, he said.
    Women footballers are making shining achievements in international games as expected by their leader and people, he noted.
    The news of the DPRK’s women footballers’ games has evoked lively response abroad, he added.
    The DPRK, though small in population, proved successful at international games not just because of the players’ strong mental power but thanks to the increasing state concern for sports, football, in particular, he noted, adding:
    Marshal Kim Jong Un greeted at the airport the DPRK women footballers who won the title of the 2015 EAFF East Asia Cup and had a photo session with them.
    I have known well how great he has concern for football.
    He watched games of various football teams of the DPRK and met with players, something rare in other parts of the world.
    During my visit to the DPRK, I intended to propose various issues concerning the development of football in the DPRK, but I felt no need to do so.
    The DPRK is successfully promoting projects at a very high level.
    There are many things to learn in the DPRK, I think.
    I hope that the DPRK would achieve greater success by reenergizing the sports exchange with various countries and steadily developing the educational system on the basis of advanced technology. -0-

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East Asian Football Federation meeting is held in North Korea

The 46th meeting of the Executive Committee of East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) took place in North Korea on Saturday. The meeting reviewed the work of the EAFF Executive Committee and the 2015 EAFF East Asia Cup and discussed ways to develop football in the region. Chairman of the EAFF and President of South Korean football association Mr. Chung Mong-gyu, and North’s head of Ministry of External Economic Relations Mr. Ri Ryong Nam attended the meeting.

S. Korean football chief returns from trip to N. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) — The top South Korean football official has returned from his trip to Pyongyang, where he has proposed expanded exchange programs to his North Korean counterpart, the sport’s national federation here said Monday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said its president, Chung Mong-gyu, came home Monday after attending the 46th East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) Executive Committee meeting in the North Korean capital.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Chung sat down with Ri Yong-nam, head of the North Korean Football Association. According to the KFA, Chung proposed to Ri that professional players in the two Koreas should hold exhibition matches, and that the women’s under-20 teams for both Koreas should hold joint training sessions ahead of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

A KFA official said Ri only replied that the two sides should talk more about Chung’s ideas later.

“Chung only had about 20 minutes with Ri, and they didn’t get to discuss anything in depth,” the KFA official added. “We should be able to have further discussions with North Korea on football exchanges.”


April 25 Sports Team Wins Torch Cup

  Pyongyang, September 17 (KCNA) — 30-odd day-long men’s premier soccer league matches for Torch Cup, which started in July here, came to a close, registering an average of 3.2 goals per game through 50 matches.
    The April 25 Sports Team topped the team standings with three wins and three draws. The team beat the Wolmido team 2:0 in the semi-finals and overwhelmed the Kigwancha team 5:1, thus winning the first place in the tournament for three consecutive years. –

Gov’t OKs S. Korean football chief’s trip to N. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) — The head of South Korea’s football association plans to visit North Korea later this week to discuss ways to hold an inter-Korean football friendly, government officials said Wednesday.

The Unification Ministry approved a plan by Chung Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association (KFA), and four other officials to visit Pyongyang from Friday to Monday, they said.

Chung is scheduled to attend a meeting of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) Executive Committee to be held in the North’s capital on Saturday. He also plans to hold talks with his North Korean counterpart over football exchange programs between the two Koreas.

In October 1990, the two Koreas held home-and-away men’s football matches in their Unification Football Tournament, but the event hasn’t been held since 2005.

Seoul has vowed to encourage civilian inter-Korean exchanges to increase in such areas as cultural activities and sports to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule and the division of the two Koreas.

South and North Korea reached a landmark deal on Aug. 25 to defuse military tensions and spur civilian inter-Korean exchanges.

But even if the two Koreas agree to hold inter-Korean football matches, the feasibility is in doubt due to North Korea’s possible provocations.

North Korea said Tuesday it is fully ready to use nuclear weapons against the United States “at any time” and also announced that it has resumed the operation of its nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon complex.

Late Monday, the North also vowed to launch what it called “a series of satellites” as it is preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party, which falls on Oct. 10.