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North Korea - the last true unknowns?

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Hi all,

How bad do 606 think it might get for North Korea in a frightening Group G?

Twenty of their 23-man squad are domestically-based which might not be the best preparartion for facing the world's best.

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posted Jun 11, 2010

"For those reasons I would keep politics and sports apart. It's not wrong bringing up those issues up but a ban would by IMO counter-productive. "

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I have a great affection for the North Korean story and probably the people from what I know, I watched them play their brothers South Korea in in fact, China....

That's the problem, most of us can separate politics from the sport but THEIR government itself does not seem to do that.

I'll go read the famous "Epoch Times" website, they often have a lot of good insight, it's a bit off my usual internet reading but is invaluable.

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comment by redrobb (U7173581)

posted Jun 14, 2010

Can't follow my national team aka Scotland, certainly ABE gives my impression on this other team in this tiny little island. So I'm hoping the DPRK (North Korea) can cuase some international wind-up, certainly the legions of the very rich and wealthy pre-madona's need a kick in some direction, who better to do it than the DPRK.

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posted Jun 14, 2010

My team Wales have not qualified so I've decided to support a team of equivalent ability - North Korea.

However I fear for the lives of the team if they go home winless. Their dictator leader will probably execute them all. I hope Brazil show them some mercy.

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posted Jun 15, 2010

Comment by Jaythegooner (U9526830)
posted 4 Days Ago
I don't think N Korea should be allowed to take part, Just like China should not have been allowed to host the olympics. These compititons are for countries that allow the population freedom of speech etc. Not countries with poor human rights records like china and N korea. Its about the world comming togther

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Sorry, I have to disagree. They are there because FIFA invited them and then they went on to actually qualify.
Although you say it is about the world coming together, primarily, it is about football.
Sport above politics

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posted Jun 15, 2010

Remember, I guess it was UEFA in 1992 banned Yugoslavia from the Euro Cup. In the past in fact, South Africa did not enter competitions because of Apartheid.

Nowadays, UEFA and FIFA basically follow what the United Nations does, if the United Nations has sanctions on Country 'X' for example, then they can't play in a certain tournament.

Also, Fifa has cracked down on Nations that mix politics and the running of their football associations as I know Kenya for example has at times been banned by Fifa but not for any extended or important amount of time.

If you search out for news stories at the World Cup and North Korea, you will come across stories like the North Korean has emphasized they are separate from the political issues. Also, there are news stories out there that North Korean residents cheered on the South Korean team playing its first game.

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comment by tdxt (U14519849)

posted Jun 15, 2010

Feel the BBC ought to build up North Korea a bit more on their sports page. What a great performance, that's how they play, played South Korea this way. Brazil just got by them.

<applause> North Korea

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posted Jun 16, 2010

Comment by Jaythegooner (U9526830)
posted 4 Days Ago
I don't think N Korea should be allowed to take part, Just like China should not have been allowed to host the olympics. These compititons are for countries that allow the population freedom of speech etc. Not countries with poor human rights records like china and N korea. Its about the world comming togther
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With that logic maybe England and USA should be banned for the atrocities they've caused in Iraq, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, not to mention people such as Dr David Kelly being silenced like JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr were.

The Americans after all armed and trained Al Qaeda many moons ago, their 'free trade' backed by George Bush Jr and Obama mean that large coorporations can treat their workers in nations like India so poorly and the US Government give them full backing to dish out minimal compensation when the workers and local communities are effected for years to come by leaks or poor working conditions. Isn't it also the US who have no NHS, regularly evict poor people from their homes to after having ridiculous small print put in to their contracts and actually sold advertising to Fuji for their Police Blimps that patrolled the Sky during a post 9/11 march.

The Brits also put Robert Mugabe in power!

As everyones's said, put politics to 1 side and let the sport teams play sport. The North Koreans or Chinese not making the decisions in policitics, they're just playing sportt, same as Wayne Rooney has nothing to do with the unlawful killing of citizens in Afghanistan or Ray Clemence with the masacre that was Bloody Sunday in Ireland.

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comment by Joop (U2668916)

posted Jun 19, 2010

The North Korean leader is also, it seems, taking an interest in the progress of the team. According to officials from the North Korean Football Association, Kim Jong-il has given them in-depth guidance and proposed "tactics most relevant for the characteristics of Korean players."
With the guidance of this genius North Korea will be champion !!

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