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North Korea 2018 Shirts



The North Korean national football team, recognised by FIFA as Korea DPR, was founded in 1945 and has been an AFC member since 1954 and a FIFA member since 1958. They are controlled by the governing body of football in North Korea, the DPR Korea Football Association. It was 10 years after their affiliation with the AFC before they played their first international, a 0-0 draw with Burma in the Burmese capital of Yangon, on March 22nd, 1964. They play their home matches at the Kim Il-Sung Stadium, a 70,000 capacity ground located in the capital of Pyongyang. The team is composed of both North Korean-born players and Zainichi Koreans, long-term residents of Japan of Korean heritage. It is often only Zainichi who follow their team when they play abroad, as ordinary North Koreans are rarely allowed to leave the country.

2 years later they qualified for their first ever major tournament, the 1966 World Cup in England. They finished second in Group 4 behind the USSR, having beaten Italy 1-0 in arguably the biggest result in their history. They met Portugal in the quarter-finals in what proved to be a World Cup classic. North Korea opened the scoring in the first minute through Pak Seung-Zin and found themselves 3-0 up in only the 25th minute. However the brilliance of Eus�bio was too much for the North Koreans to handle, scoring 4 goals in a Portuguese fightback that ended 5-3. This was the furthest an Asian team had ever progressed in the World Cup Finals, and since then North Korea have not qualified for another World Cup tournament. They have also qualified for two Asian Cups, placing fourth in 1980 and being knocked out in the group stage in 1992.

Other historically significant matches include their biggest win, a match against Guam which finished 21-0, and their equal biggest defeats, going down by five goals to Bulgaria and Poland, 6-1 and 5-0 respectively.

North Korea football team wear an all red home kit with white trim and they recently played in the 2010 World Cup and they played in the group containing Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast. North Korea surprised with a good showing at their World Cup debut, reaching the quarter-finals in 1966, beating Italy in the group stage.

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