2010 World Cup: North Korea Final Squad - No Place For Ryang Yong Gi

The Group G underdogs have named their men for South Africa...

North Korea’s final list of 23 players for the 2010 World Cup contains just three overseas stars.

While striker Jong Tae Se and midfielder An Yong Hak of Japan clubs Kawasaki Frontale and Omiya Ardija respectively are in, as is FC Rostov’s Hong Yong Jo, Ryang Yong Gi of J-League team Vegalta Sendai has been left out.

North Korea, who reached the quarter-finals of the 1966 World Cup, their first and, to date, only appearance on the global stage, find themselves in a tough group in South Africa with Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast.

Twenty one of the 23 are currently in Switzerland participating in a training camp.

On Saturday, the team takes on Paraguay and then faces Greece and DR Congo. Then comes a final preparation match with Nigeria before the Group G opener against Brazil in Johannesburg on June 15.

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Goalkeepers -
Kim Myong Gil Amrokgang
Kim Myong Won Amrokgang
Ri Myung Guk Pyongyang City
Defenders -
Cha Jong Hyok Amrokgang
Ri Jun Il Sobaeksu
Ri Gwang Chon April 25
Nam Song Chol April 25
Pak Nam Chol Amrokgang
Ri Kwang Hyok Kyonggongop
Pak Chol Jin Amrokgang
Midfielders -
Ji Yum Nam April 25
Mun In Guk April 25
Pak Sung Hyok Sobaeksu
Ri Chol Myong Pyongyang City
Pak Nam Chol April 25
An Yong Hak Omiya Ardija (Japan)
Kim Kyong Il Rimyongsu
Kim Yong Jun Pyongyang City
Forwards -
Hong Yong Jo FC Rostov (Russia)
An Chol Hyok Rimyongsu
Jong Tae Se Kawasaki Frontale (Japan)
Choe Kum Chol April 25
Kim Kum Il April 25