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North Korea Qualifies for 2010 World Cup

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Posted on Jun 19, 2009
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North Korean players battle against the Saudi Arabian team, drawing 0-0.

After an uninspiring scoreless draw with fellow autocratic state Saudi Arabia, it seems that North Korea’s football (soccer) team has managed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The qualification raises the possibility of a cup confrontation with South Korea—or even the U.S.—next summer.

The Guardian:

It could be a genuine game of two halves. Forty-three years after they stunned the world by reaching the quarter-finals in England in 1966, North Korea have qualified for the World Cup finals—setting up the tantalising possibility of a match with South Korea.

Having played out a 0-0 draw in Saudi Arabia, the North Korean team is now preparing for next summer’s finals in South Africa.

A North Korean victory over the old enemy or its other great nemesis, the US—who are on the verge of qualification—would be exploited for every last ounce of propaganda value in Pyongyang.

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By Xntrk, June 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

One trip I would really like to make would be to the 2010 Cup. Brazil is more attractive, but in 2014, I’ll be 77. Not too sure how my samba would go over with a walker…

Cheers to North Korea or any other country who makes the cut. It’s the most exciting sports event in the world, along with the best football. The way the US is performing these days, the only reason we have a chance of getting there is that we are relegated to the Caribbean Group. If we had to beat Brazil and Argentina to qualify, we’d be sitting on the sidelines sucking our collective thumbs. Oh, sorry, I forgot we don’t allow collective anything unless it’s classed as a Campaign Donation.

Egypt beat Italy today, 1-0. The thing about soccer [or football], on any given day, the underdog may win. Baseball has that going for it too, but sometimes it’s like watching paint dry on a wall! The World Cup is not a usually a political statement, unlike The Olympics. Perhaps that’s because the Colossus of Washington is not competitive. I hope that doesn’t change just because some Commie Government on our ‘Bad Guys List’ made the roster.

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