Here are a series of facts about football in Kim Jong-un’s country, one of which is his credo: you must win.
The Indonesian national team will face the North Korean national team in the Group F match of the 2022 Asian Games. Considering the precarious situation of Indonesia, which won 2-0 over Kyrgyzstan but lost 0-1 to Taiwan, an effective strategy is to win.
Talking about winning yourself, apart from skill and energy, of course you need guts. Also remembering the words of the General Chair of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Erick Thohir who said that the ball is round, anything can happen.
What about the popularity of football in Kim Jong-un’s country, which will be more or less reflected in the North Korean National Team’s game on Sunday (24/9/2023) so that, we hope, the Indonesian National Team players can anticipate it?
Portrait of North Korean National Team players at the 2022 Asian Games (source: (Instagram))
Quoted from various sources and recreated by Metro Suara.comhere are five facts about football and sports in North Korea to see their fighting spirit:
* What is the flow chart or management of football in North Korea?
North Korean football falls under the auspices of the North Korea (DPR) Football Association (KFA), which was founded in 1945. Although football is the most popular sport in the country, state secrecy makes it difficult to accurately determine things like attendance and popularity for club matches.
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Or in other words, the strength of North Korean football clubs is difficult for enemies or football fans outside this country to spy on.
* Is football the favorite sport in Kim Jong-un’s country?
Yes, football is the most popular sport in North Korea, although the enthusiasm of the spectators cannot be compared to European and South American countries.
At least, football is something that North Korean people watch on television, and people also go to the stadium to watch local teams. The football club also received general appreciation.
* Since when has North Korea been part of FIFA?
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North Korea’s debut and the World Cup began in 1966. Meanwhile, the football association was founded in 1945. This association has been a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since the association’s first year of existence, namely 1954, and has been affiliated with FIFA since 1958.
* North Korean athletes have achievements in what sports?
Yes, North Korea has won medals at every Summer Olympics it has participated in. One of the credos instilled in athletes: fight and must win. So, in addition to mastering the various events contested at the Summer Olympics, North Korean athletes also competed at the Winter Olympics, first competing at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
* Are there traditional North Korean sports that underlie people’s lives?
Taekwondo. Since ancient times, Korean people have practiced Taekwondo as preparation for military service. As time went by, Taekwondo gradually became a people’s sport. In 1971 it was designated as Korea’s national sport.
So don’t be surprised if from the reliability of doing this sport, a person’s agility and fitness can be maintained.
Note: pay attention to the agility of the North Korean players’ feet, are there any movements learned from this martial art? Must anticipate!