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DPRK To Face US at Women’s World Cup on 28 June

The DPRK will face the US in Group C matches at FIFA Women’s World Cup in Dresden, Germany on 28 June [Tuesday].  The match will be broadcast on ESPN at 12:15 pm [EST] on Tuesday, and will also be available as streaming video on ESPN’s website (  ESPN offered a brief preview of the team (roster available here):

• Group C features three teams ranked in the top eight of FIFA’s World Rankings — United States (1), Sweden (5) and North Korea (8). Those three nations have an average ranking of 4.7, the highest average of any group’s top three teams in the tournament.

• Sweden and North Korea were drawn into the same group as the United States for the third straight Women’s World Cup. North Korea advanced with the United States in 2007 while Sweden advanced in 2003. Sweden has won both group stage meetings with North Korea, 2-1 in 2007 and 1-0 in 2003. The odds of North Korea and Sweden being drawn into the United States’ group at three straight Women’s World Cups is approximately 0.1 percent.

North Korea is the youngest team in the tournament with an average age of 20 years, 11 months. The North Korean squad will feature 10 players under the age of 20 at the start of the tournament and only three players aged 25 or older. Jo Yun-Mi is the player to watch for North Korea, as she scored three goals during qualifying and was named the MVP of the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Meanwhile, KCNA reported on 22 June of a newly released television series about the women’s soccer team:

A new TV series “Korean Women’s Soccer Team” is now on in the DPRK.

The five-part drama is based on the story about the DPRK women’s soccer team, which won the 3rd FIFA U-20 World Championship.

The hero of the drama is the team’s senior coach, who does his utmost to display the honor of the country all over the world.

The drama gives a vivid representation of the girls’ high ambition for world cup and their strenuous effort to realize it.

The cast contains Jon Myong Hui and other celebrated footballers.

One comment on “DPRK To Face US at Women’s World Cup on 28 June

  1. Neil in Canada

    The TV drama sounds interesting. It’s obviously ridiculous that the hero of the drama about the women’s football team is a man (the coach).

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