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Soccer is a sport that is enthusiastic all over the world, regardless of gender, and it is no exaggeration to say that the whole earth is fluctuating only in the four-year World Cup season. Just as our people are enthusiastic about Park Ji-sung and Son Heung-min, 스포츠중계 and endure night sleep at dawn and watch […]

Soccer is a sport that is enthusiastic all over the world, regardless of gender, and it is no exaggeration to say that the whole earth is fluctuating only in the four-year World Cup season. Just as our people are enthusiastic about Park Ji-sung and Son Heung-min, 스포츠중계 and endure night sleep at dawn and watch overseas soccer games, the love of soccer for North Koreans is never inferior to that of South Koreans.
The 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup is an unforgettable moment for us. This is because the Korean national team advanced to the first 16 rounds and advanced to the fourth round, giving a happy moment to the whole nation. At that time, Korea became the strongest player in Asian soccer.
However, it is unlikely that many people know that North Korea has already advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals in 1966. In the 1966 England World Cup, the North Korean national soccer team won Italy, which was called the best of the time, and advanced to the quarter-finals with the first Asian World Cup finals. In the quarter-finals, Portugal was 3-0 ahead of Portugal and scored five goals in just a few minutes, losing 3-5 to soccer fans.
This article aims to solve the story of North Korean soccer by illuminating North Korean players belonging to overseas soccer teams along with the love of North Korean people's soccer and generous investment in North Korean soccer.
There are sports that people all over the world love. It's football. This is no exception to North Korea, so North Koreans also watch overseas soccer games in their spare time, and small fans are named idols by world famous players.
This love of North Korea's soccer has not just begun recently, but it started almost 100 years ago during the Japanese colonial rule. In 1929, the Kyungsung Pyongyang Soccer Tournament, which connects Seoul and Pyongyang, was held, and both teams played pride.
The Kyungsung Football Club and the Pyongyang Football Team, which were the main players of the Kyungsung Pyongyang soccer game, became the mother of the national team of the two Koreas after liberation, but after that, regular inter-Korean soccer exchanges were stopped due to political situations. However, in October 1990, the inter-Korean unification soccer tournament was held, which connects the name of Kyungpyeong football. In 2002, the inter-Korean unification soccer game was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Since then, the South and North Korean soccer love has become a new chapter in inter-Korean exchanges as the inter-Korean workers' friendly soccer tournaments have been held.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Son Heung-min, and other international soccer stars have something in common: they have experienced a systematic youth soccer system since they were young. North Korea is also keen to foster soccer prospects through the establishment of a soccer school.
North Korea already operates soccer education institutions such as Pyongyang City Football School and Na Seon-si Soccer School, and Nampo City Soccer School has recently been completed. The North Korean authorities are not only planning to do this, but also to establish such a soccer professional education institution in each province. The most recently completed Nampo City Soccer School is relatively well known for its reports in North Korean newspapers.
Labor newspaper, the Labor Party's newspaper, introduced the Nampo City Football School on October 28, 2020, saying, "The construction of a soccer school that will contribute to the upbringing of the country's soccer player Hubi (a promising owner) is being promoted at the closing stage."The Rodong Newspaper introduced the latest teachers, dormitories, training centers and stadiums of Nampo Soccer School, adding that these excellent facilities can guarantee students' learning and life.
The Rodong Sinmun also illuminated the newly established Pyongyang City Football School on October 10, 2020. Pyongyang City Football School is said to have been completed on August 12, 2020, with some modifications to the Dongpyeongyang Stadium. Currently, North Korea is running such a soccer school even in Na Seon-si. Two football schools are completed in just a few months, showing the North Korean authorities' strong commitment to fostering soccer prospects.
Before the completion of the Pyongyang International Football School and the Nampo Soccer School, North Korea had already established the Pyongyang International Football School near Daedong River in 2013 to educate male and female students aged 7 to 17 years old who are talented in soccer. One of the players who grew up in the school is Han Kwang-sung, who joined Juventus, an Italian professional soccer team.
Park Kwang-ryong and Choi Sung-hyuk are active in Austria's SKN St. Pölten and Italy's US Arezzo, who are known to have signed at least hundreds of thousands of euros in salary contracts, but are known to pay more than 70% to the Labor Party.
Even the remaining 30% are known to be transferred to Pyongyang, except for living expenses, under the name of Loyalty Fund, and it is doubtful whether their salaries will all go to them.
As mentioned earlier, the UN Security Council (Security Council) decided on sanctions 2397 against North Korea in December 2017 and urged each country to return wages to North Korea by December 22, 2019, judging that wages excluding the minimum cost of living for North Korean workers working abroad are abused in North Korea's weapons development.According to the UN Security Council resolution on sanctions against North Korea, North Korean athletes who are active in overseas soccer are no longer able to get a work visa

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