Meet the coach: Jo Tong-sop (DPR Korea)

Meet the coach: Jo Tong-sop (DPR Korea)

As the man that guided DPR Korea to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ through their victory in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup is was only fitting that Jo Tong-sop took charge for the continental finals, having masterminded the Chollima’s success in Sri Lanka.

Jo has clocked up considerable experience coaching his country’s various national teams, with the 51-year-old having recently took the under 23s to the quarter-finals of the Asian Games shortly after working as an assistant to Kim Jong-hun at the 2010 FIFA World Cup a few months earlier, in addition to guiding the under 19s to the AFC Youth Championship title in 2006.

A former international who was part of the DPR Korea squad that defeated Danish side AGF Aarhus 2-1 to win the 17th edition of the Thailand King’s Cup, Jo playing career spanned almost two decades, spending 14 years with Potonggang before moving onto Munsubong.

DPR Korea will battle it out with defending champions Iraq, Iran and the UAE in the continental showpiece.

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