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Young Footballers

Young Footballers

It is a common knowledge that the DPRK youth football team won the 2010 U-19 AFC, making a record of three consecutive victories in the championships.

Jong Il Gwan, the Player of the Championships

Jong Il Gwan, a quarterback, received the MVP award at the championships. Since he was 9—he was attending the Pyongyang Hasin Primary School—Jong has played football. Even in his childhood Jong was elastic in driving a ball, fast in speed and quick of sense to score, cutting a conspicuous figure in boys’ football games. His skills have remarkably improved later since he joined a sports team. He habitually likes reading and has set himself the goal of mastering three foreign languages. His intellectual power is manifested in his good command of football techniques.

In the finals against the Australian team he scored a hat-trick, a dream cherished by every footballer, winning cheers and applause of spectators and football experts. Jong says it is only the beginning of his football career.

Quarterback So Kyong Jin—Optimist of the Team

This was his first international game. But he fully displayed his forte—keeping composure, quick in circumstantial judgment and infallible in passing the ball.

He dreamed of becoming an able footballer like his father, now a football coach, and entered the Phyongchon District Juvenile Sports School in Pyongyang over ten years ago. His strenuous efforts made him a reliable quarterback of the youth team. He plays the central role not only on the sports ground. Whenever his teammates got tired after hard training, he would cheer them up by playing the guitar and singing songs. He is of the opinion that all teammates should be united in one mind to beat the opponents in games.

Forward Pak Song Chol—a “Dagger” Piercing Through the Defence Line

In the recent games he was most watched after by the opponent players. He was a constant threat to the opponent goalkeeper because of his sudden thrust and bold kicking. Quick thrust into the goal area is his forte. He would suddenly dash not only into the centre but also into the right and left of the opponents’ defence area to make opportunities for other players to win a score. His brilliant activity guaranteed the victory in the championships.

Though nicknamed A Dagger, Pak is a reserved man. He learned football at the Central School of Physical Education, and now is a promising forward of the April 25 Sports Team as a favourite with football experts. It was under the benevolent care of his country and his kind teachers that he developed his athletic talent, which even his father and mother, ordinary workers, failed to notice. So, he is eager in his training to live up to their expectations.

Secret of Success

“Modern football is a coaches’ war of intelligence” is a motto written on the front page of People’s Athlete Yun Jong Su’s diary, head coach of the football team.

At the championships, the Korean team scored 12 goals in all, which means two goals for each game on an average. A player of the Chinese team that lost the quarterfinals to the Koreans said, “The Korean team never missed the chances and scored two goals in the game.” Behind these goals stands Yun who is strict with his players and trains them in a scientific way. His guidance of training according to a scientific strategy and tactics is based on his experience as player for many years. He made it a point to acquaint himself deeply with the opponent team and fully understand the physical features of his young players before he completed his tactical plan organically combining all factors—fullback, quarterback and forward—and made the players master it fully in training and games. It was not an easy job for the players, but Yun’s warm love got them over the difficulty.

Yun says, “In the hearts of our youngsters are the words of our country. This has made them win. And they will win in the future, too.”

Jang Yu Jong

fonte: Naenara – Korea today

Could the next Messi be in North Korea?

Could the next Messi be in North Korea?

By Peter Stebbings

DOHA – North Korea may have tumbled out of the Asian Cup with just one point and having failed to score, but they have the hottest youth sides in the region and according to one scout the world's best new talents.

Representatives from top European clubs have flocked to the continental showpiece in the hope of picking out the next Hidetoshi Nakata, Park Ji-Sung or even a Lionel Messi.


Hedna Mustapha, a scout for top French side Monaco, says the isolated communist state of North Korea is a goldmine.

"North Korea have many talented players," he said. "I saw some of their youngsters at several international competitions but the biggest problem has always been inaccessibility to their officials.

"Even in Doha, there were quite a few players I would have liked to meet, but I couldn't," he was quoted as saying by Qatari media.

"They're still largely an unknown quantity and I feel they're the next big thing in world football."

In the face of severe financial constraints and crippling food shortages, the impoverished and secretive country has somehow managed to regularly churn out highly promising youth teams.

In October, Jong Il-Gwan, of North Korean side Rimyongsu, netted a hat-trick to inspire his country to a 3-2 victory over Australia in the under-19 version of the Asian Cup. It was the North's second regional title in four years.

A month later, their under-16 team emulated the feat, defeating hosts Uzbekistan 2-0 to take the regional title at that age group as well.

"North Korea have again proved that they are taking the development of youth teams very seriously, as they are becoming regular contenders for the titles of these championships," Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam said at the time.

After their capitulation at the Asian Cup – six months after the North made their first World Cup appearance since 1966 – coach Jo Tong-Sop said it was time to start bringing through the younger talent.

"Our under-20 team has good players technically and also in defence and midfield so we will try to combine the young players with the national team players," Jo said, also pledging to make the side more attacking in future.

Despite harsh restrictions on movements of its nationals, several of the current members of North Korea's senior team play abroad, including in Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Japan, though not for any top sides.

Experienced midfielder An Yong-Hak, who plays in Japan and was an ever-present at the World Cup, cautioned it might be too early to rely on the young players to carry the burden of expectation in football-mad North Korea.

"Of course, the older players who have been at the World Cup have more experience at international level and they have more knowledge and skills in football than our young players," the Japan-born An said.

"But even though our younger players are not able to perform at the highest level yet, they have tremendous potential and could become better players in the future."

He even went as far as to encourage his team-mates to head to great rival South Korea – with whom the North is still technically at war – to further their footballing careers in the top league there.

"After playing in the K-League for four years, I gained a lot of experience so I am sure that others would also benefit from playing there," he said.

fonte: Asiaone

Giovane calciatore dell'anno AFC : Jong Il-gwan

Il talento coreano Jong Il Gwan ha vinto il premio di calciatore giovane dell'anno della federazione asiatica AFC.

Centrocampista offensivo, nato il 16 maggio 1991, è la stella della nazionale under 19 che ha vinto il campionato asiatico nel recente torneo in Cina.

Jong ha realizzato 5 reti nel torneo, tra cui i 3 gol nella finale contro l'Australia, ed è stato votato il miglior giocatore del campionato.


Jong Il Gwan è il terzo coreano a vincere il premio di miglior giovane asiatico dell'anno.

Prima di lui hanno trionfato Choe Myong Ho, nel 2005, e Kim Kum Jin, nel 2007.

AFC Annual Award, i nominati

La federazione calcistica asiatica (AFC) ha annunciato le nomine per l'AFC Annual Award.
Quattro le categorie che vedono coinvolta la DPR Corea:

DPR Korea
Korea Republic U-17

Kim Tae-hee (Korea Republic women’s U-17 team assistant coach)
Ri Ae-gyong (DPR Korea women’s national team assistant coach)
Shahrzad Mozafar  (Iran women’s national team coach)

Homare Sawa (Japan)
Jo Yun-mi (DPR Korea)
Kathryn Anne Gill (Australia)

Hong Chul (Korea Republic)
Jong Il-gwan (DPR Korea)
Timur Khakimov (Uzbekistan)

Jong Il-gwan, miglior giocatore del campionato asiatico under 19

Qui tutte le nomine: AFC