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What Really Happened To North Korea’s World Cup Coach

by | 31st, July 2010

WHEN North Korea’s World Cup team lost 1-2 to Brazil in their opening rubber, the news was positive and hopeful:

Kim Yong Gyu, 45, a researcher of the Academy of Sports Science, said the strong mental power displayed by the Korean footballers in the first match with Brazil, which won the World Cup five times, betokens good results of the Korean team in other matches.

No other reports appeared on the North Korean news service. The World Cup ended on that day before the lads lost 7-0 to Portugal and went down 0-3 to the mighty Ivory Coast.

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The team then got together at the auditorium at the Working People’s Culture Palace in North Korea and were subjected to a grand debate in which it was discussed how they had let down the “ideological struggle”.

It’s a great panel show, a kind of Question of Sport with bite. In the What Happens Next? round, head coach Kim Jong Hun appears before a live studio audience of 400 sports fans from the Ministry of Sports, Pyongyang University, Kim Il Sung University, and Kim Hyong Jik School of Education.

Kim Jung Hun is accused of “betraying the Young Gen. Kim Jong Un,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s anointed heir.

Suggestions are that the coach is expelled from the Workers’ Party (which sounds like a reward for failure; not quite in Fabio Capello’s £6million-a-year- league but, nonetheless, a reward), and sent to a labour camp.

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This news comes from an unnamed Chinese

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