Nicknamed as “Chollima” which means Thousand Li Horse, DPR (Democratic People’s Republic) of Korea is the national team of North Korea. They are recognized as DPR Korea by FIFA and AFC.
Korea are the highest ranked team in the competition.
the participants at the AFC Challenge Cup, they are the only team to play at
the biggest stage - FIFA World Cup. Playing in the 1966 World Cup, they famously
defeated Italy to reach the quarterfinal, thus making them the first Asian team
to reach that stage. They lost to Eusebio’s Portugal 3-5 in the quarterfinal
but their entry into the quarters was a remarkable achievement and has been bettered
only once by an Asian team (South Korea 2002 World Cup).
have done reasonably well at the Asian stage with a fourth place finish at the
1980 Asian Cup. But they haven’t been consistent over the years and that has
had an effect on their FIFA Ranking.
are still in contention to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, but their focus will
now be on the AFC Challenge Cup for which they are the leading contenders.
18 year old was part of DPR Korea Team that played at the FIFA U-17 and U-20
World Cups in 2005 and 2007 respectively. The DPR Korea squad for the AFC
Challenge Cup largely consists of U-21 players, with most players without a
who plays for Kigwancha FC, is one of the few members with senior appearances.
He has played in two World Cup Qualifying matches.
20 year old midfielder is known for his work rate in the midfield and like Min,
was part of the team that played at the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Championships.
He plays for Pyongyang City and has been part of the senior team recently.
player with good experience at youth level, Chol Min is a striker who plays for
North Korean club Rimyongsu. He has scored three goals at senior level and will
surely be hungrier. A good showing in this competition will help him earn a
regular place at the senior team for the World Cup Qualifiers.
North Korean has been in charge of the national team for quite sometime now. He
is using the AFC Challenge Cup to test out the younger players and has given
his regulars rest for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Despite having a young
squad, considering the quality of the other teams, Hoon will be expected to guide
his team to glory.
Korea have been pitted in Group B at the AFC Challenge Cup 2008. They have to
confront Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka for a place in the knock-out stages.
(Last Five Games)
Republic 0-0 DPR Korea 22nd
June 2008. Seoul, Korea Republic
Korea 2-0 Jordan 14th
June 2008. Pyongyang, DPR Korea
Korea 1-0 Turkmenistan 7th June2008. Pyongyang, DPR Korea
0-0 DPR Korea 2nd June 2008 Ashgabat,
Korea 0-0 Korea Republic 26th
March 2008. Shanghai, China
Kwang Min (1), RI Yu Chol (21), RI Yun Chol (20).
Song Hyok (22), Jon Kwang Ik (8), Mun Kyong Nam (4), Pak Chol Ryong (2), Pak
Nam Chol (5), RI Kwang Hok (3), Ro Hak Su (17), Yun Yong Il (7).
Hyok IL (18), Choe Myong Ho (19), Kim Kuk Jin (15), Kim Kyong Il (23), Pak Song Chol (9), RI Chol
Myong (26), RI Jin Hyok (13).
Jong Min (16), Kim Kum Il (6), Pak Chol
Min (11), RI Hung Ryong (10), So Kwang Chol (12), So Tae Song (24).