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AFC Under-23 Championship 2016 – Groups
Group A: Qatar, Syria, Iran, China
Group B: Saudi Arabia, Japan, North Korea, Thailand
Group C: Iraq, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Group D: Jordan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam

Sports Contest of Korean Students in Japan Held

   Tokyo, September 8 (KNS-KCNA) — A sports contest of Korean students in Japan took place in Tokyo from Sept. 2 to 4 to celebrate the 67th birthday of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
    An opening ceremony was held on Sept. 2.
    Pae Ik Ju, vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), in a speech called upon students of Korean schools to prepare themselves to be players representing the DPRK at international games.
    Other speakers underlined the need to give full play to the pride and honor as students of overseas compatriots’ organization of Juche Korea.
    Football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, tennis, boxing and other matches took place during the contest. -0-

North Korea’s plan to groom future Cup heroes

North Korea Under-15 midfielder Kwon Nam Hyok (in red) getting the better of his Thai opponents in a 2-0 win. The North Korean players are known for their tall and powerful frames despite their young age.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

When striker Jong Tae Se cushioned his header for left-back Ji Yun Nam to score in the gutsy 2-1 defeat by Brazil in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it sparked off football fever in North Korea and ignited a dream to groom a new generation of football heroes.

The secretive socialist state, famous for its run to the quarter-finals of the 1966 tournament and beating Italy 1-0, paraded the fruits of their labour in Singapore, when its Under-15 side dominated the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Championship qualifiers.

Coach Kim Yong Hun’s youngsters breezed through Group H with a perfect record of three wins, scoring 12 goals and conceding none as Cambodia (7-0), Singapore (3-0) and Thailand (2-0) were swept aside.

Coach Kim said yesterday of his country’s bold ambition: “If these players continue to develop well, they can in the near future join the senior team and help North Korea qualify for the World Cup.”

Little is known about the North Korean team but their spokesman, who declined to be named and is the squad’s only staff authorised to speak to the media outside official news conferences, shed some light with The Straits Times about football development in his country.

According to him, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally drove the project to launch the Pyongyang International Football School, which opened in 2013.

There, boys and girls carefully selected from schools and clubs across the country are coached the quick passing and movement of Barcelona’s famed tiki-taka.

“Football is very big in North Korea. In Pyongyang International Football School, we have over 200 players to choose from, they are all very good,” he added.

Noted for their tall and powerful frames despite their young age, the spokesman revealed that a sturdy physique is a pre-requisite for budding North Korean footballers.

He said: “Their physical condition is very important. I saw some of Singapore’s players and even though their individual skill is good, they are so small-sized.”

While his charges may be future national football heroes, they certainly do not have the equipment and apparel to match their talent.

The spokesman said: “Sponsorship is difficult. We face a lot of problems in getting companies to sponsor us. Nike and adidas – we asked them but they didn’t want.”

In Singapore, the North Korean players donned unbranded jerseys emblazoned with the state flag. Although they wear boots from adidas and Nike, the footwear are not the latest models on the market.

Even though trade sanctions have isolated North Korea, the state is determined to get its fix of football. English Premier League and Spanish La Liga matches are shown there, albeit through delayed telecasts.

According to the spokesman, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the most popular player in his country while national team striker Jong, off the back of his 2010 World Cup heroics, is enjoying cult status as the Wayne Rooney from north of the 38th parallel.

While the spokesman declined to provide details of their training regime, a peek at the team’s sessions reveals an approach based strictly on discipline and hard graft.

On the field, coach Kim’s players all have the same crew cut hairstyle, and impressed with their superior strength and fitness.

At training, the youngsters form two neat rows to listen to coaching instructions. While there was some laughter, the mood in the camp was generally serious.

While they have been ruthless on the pitch, they have shown a softer side off it. Case in point: after thrashing Cambodia 7-0, the North Korean boys faced their opponents’ bench and respectfully bowed to the vanquished.

North Korea’s football development has shown much progress.

In 2014, North Korea beat rivals South Korea 2-1 at the AFC U-16 Championship final in Bangkok.

Fifteen from the 21-strong U-15 squad competing in Singapore were from the U-14 team that finished second in the AFC U-14 tournament last year, losing 3-0 to Iraq.

It is clear these players are groomed for a bigger stage.

“We all have a dream to qualify for the World Cup,” said the spokesman. “We will always remember and be inspired by our 1966 World Cup team.”

S. Korean football chief to discuss exchange during visit to N. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) — The top South Korean football official will discuss inter-Korean exchange during his upcoming visit across the border, the sport’s national federation said Monday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said its president, Chung Mong-gyu, will hold talks with his North Korean counterparts about football exchange programs between the two Koreas, during his Sept. 18-20 visit to Pyongyang. Chung is scheduled to attend the 46th East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) Executive Committee meeting. He is one of the three vice presidents of the EAFF and serves on the Executive Committee.

“We expect this trip will go a long way toward revitalizing inter-Korean football exchanges,” a KFA official said.

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. The Koreas, however, have met in World Cup qualifying tournaments and regional competitions in Seoul in recent years. Some home matches for North Korea were held in the neutral venue of China, rather than in Pyongyang.

The KFA has been pushing to resume exchange programs this year, in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and it sees the EAFF meeting as an opportunity.

The focus this time will be more on women’s and youth football, the KFA official added.

“Given North Korea’s prowess in women’s football, it will help our women’s team to play them,” the official said. “There will also be discussions on holding matches between our women’s youth teams.”

North Korea are ranked eighth in the latest FIFA women’s rankings, nine spots above South Korea.

In senior women’s football, North Korea hold the all-time edge over South Korea with 14 wins, one draw and one loss.

On the men’s side, South Korea have beaten North Korea six times in 15 meetings, with eight draws and one loss.

And with South Korea set to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017, the two Koreas may open exchange programs at the U-18 level, according to the KFA.

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AFC U16: 3-0 contro Singapore

Seconda vittoria per l’under16 nelle qualificazioni all’Afc u16 del 2016. I giovani Chollima superano per 3-0 Singapore.

Le reti sono state messe a segno da Yun Min, Kye Tam e Ri Song-Jin.

Nell’altra gara la Tailandia batte per 1-0 la Cambogia.

In classifica la Corea è ancora prima, con 6 punti e una differenza reti di +10, con la Tailandia a pari punti ma solo un +6 di differenza.

Il 6 settembre la scontro al vertice.

North Korea beat a spirited Singapore Under-15 side 3-0 in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 match on Friday night at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Despite the win, the defending champions were not pleased with their performance.

“Physically my players were not well prepared for the match,” said their coach Kim Yong Hun after the game.

Singapore’s defence was solid throughout the match, as they frustrated their opponents. The favourites found the net only once in the first half via a direct free-kick by defender Yun Min.

The hosts conceded two more goals in the 70th minute and right before the final whistle, thanks to strikes by Kye Tam and Ri Song Jin respectively.

Singapore’s coach V. Selvaraj was pleased that his players stuck to the game plan against their stronger opponents. He said: “We planned to be disciplined in defence. All I’d wanted them to do is to stay close to each other, get tight and win the ball. They showed a lot of heart and listened to instructions.”

North Korea will go on to face Thailand, who beat Cambodia 1-0 in an earlier match, in the final Group H game on Sunday. The winner is guaranteed a spot in the finals held in India next September.

Meanwhile, Singapore will look to score their first goal of the qualifiers when they take on Cambodia.