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.
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