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  1. Brazil 2-1 North Korea
    Tuesday, 15 June Match report
  2. Portugal 7-0 North Korea
    Monday, 21 June Match report
  3. North Korea 0-3 Ivory Coast
    Friday, 25 June Match report

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Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Total North Korea
9|20 Total North Korea
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1 Total North Korea
1 Total North Korea
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
18|37 Total North Korea
2|0 Total North Korea

Team profile

Having previously appeared only once at the World Cup in 1966, North Korea's squad go into the 2010 version as one of the great unknowns of world football. Permanently shrouded in secrecy because of the protective nature of a totalitarian regime at home, their distrust of the media, added to defensive football, means they will have to work hard to win over new fans.

Not that Kim Jong-hun's team care. National pride is the most important thing of all with goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk saying he felt like he was "defending the gateway to my motherland" after the 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia that booked the team's place in South Africa. Drawn in the 'Group of Death' against Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal their stay in Africa is likely to be short-lived, especially as they are the lowest ranked team in the competition.

Squad List

NO POS PLAYER CLUB AGE CAPS
1 GK Ri Myung Guk Pyongyang City 23 8
2 DF Cha Jong Hyok Amrokgang 24 12
3 DF Ri Jun Il Sobaeksu 22 13
4 MF Pak Nam Chol April 25 24 19
5 DF Ri Kwang Chon April 25 24 16
6 MF Kim Kum il April 25 22 4
7 FW An Chol Hyok Rimyongsu 23 4
8 MF Ji Yun Nam April 25 33 10
9 FW Jong Tae Se Kawasaki Frontale 26 25
10 FW Hong Yong Jo Rostov 28 17
11 MF Mun In Guk April 25 31 17
12 FW Choe Kum Chol April 25 23 3
13 DF Pak Chol Jin Amrokgang 24 7
14 DF Pak Nam-Chol Amrokgang 21 3
15 MF Kim Yong Jun Pyongyang City 26 13
16 DF Nam Song Chol April 25 28 15
17 MF An Yong Hak Omiya Ardija 31 10
18 GK Kim Myong Gil Amrokgang 25 2
19 MF Ri Chol Myong Pyongyang City 22 2
20 GK Kim Myong Won Amrokgang 26 1
21 DF Ri Kwang Hyok Kyonggongop 22 1
22 MF Kim Kyong Il Rimyongsu 21 1
23 MF Pak Sung Hyok Sobaeksu 20 0

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Group A Teams W D L GD PTS
Uruguay 2 1 0 4 7
Mexico 1 1 1 1 4
South Africa 1 1 1 -2 4
France 0 1 2 -3 1
Group B Teams W D L GD PTS
Argentina 3 0 0 6 9
South Korea 1 1 1 -1 4
Greece 1 0 2 -3 3
Nigeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C Teams W D L GD PTS
USA 1 2 0 1 5
England 1 2 0 1 5
Slovenia 1 1 1 0 4
Algeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group D Teams W D L GD PTS
Germany 2 0 1 4 6
Ghana 1 1 1 0 4
Australia 1 1 1 -3 4
Serbia 1 0 2 -1 3
Group E Teams W D L GD PTS
Netherlands 3 0 0 4 9
Japan 2 0 1 2 6
Denmark 1 0 2 -3 3
Cameroon 0 0 3 -3 0
Group F Teams W D L GD PTS
Paraguay 1 2 0 2 5
Slovakia 1 1 1 -1 4
New Zealand 0 3 0 0 3
Italy 0 2 1 -1 2
Group G Teams W D L GD PTS
Brazil 2 1 0 3 7
Portugal 1 2 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 1 1 1 1 4
North Korea 0 0 3 -11 0
Group H Teams W D L GD PTS
Spain 2 0 1 2 6
Chile 2 0 1 1 6
Switzerland 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 0 1 2 -3 1

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