Thursday, June 17, 2010
As human, we learn fascinating new things in every time. It may be not so nice, but it depends on us. From one of the bless thing in this special month, I can see through what I've got from a quality football side other than surprising results. As I presume that this planet of billions people is football mad, wouldn't it be nice to take an interest in the national team's strategy and training. And if they're on board, then we know that the nation's on board too.
So when it comes to North Korea as a famously self-isolated little world, it could say that we thought of other things from their national team as well. North Korea's biggest advantage in World Cup could be its mystery with a closed-society, communism, a leadership cult, nuclear brinksmanship, but that is only now starting to open its shell a bit.
First lesson; The highest Brazil struggled with a hard-fought victory to over the conservative setup of the North Koreans, as the tournament's lowest-ranked team who are making their first World Cup appearance in 44 years ago. Once in England 1966, it was only previous qualification but what a memorable impact they made. North Korea a shock upset the Italians 1-0 and becoming the first Asian team to reach the quarterfinals. Then they got a 3-0 advantage after thirty minutes over Portugal, before losing 3-5 at last. Thing for sure about it, we never know what it's gonna be at the party. Sometimes, we like North Korea at this World Cup, anything could happen.
Secondly; Their team's nickname is Chollima, after a mythical winged-horse which is too swift to be mounted by a human. Its name roughly means "thousand-mile horse" and popular in central Asian folklore. That's nice, the fact that it's also "mythical" probably makes it less mountable too, but we're just being picky. Just like North Korea is known by FIFA as Korea Democratic People's Republic, that's so sweet to promote the regime as democratic. Perhaps we can find the team as they would be fighting with the same dedication to please the leader and to bring fame to motherland. But in the name of football, we could just concern it North Korea like everyone else does, or as the dear Chollima. Be wise to pick your alias.
Finally; A 25-year-old striker Jong Tae-Se plays for Kawasaki Frontale in Japan, scored 15 goals in 22 games for the national team plus the newest one to Julio Caesar. His nicknamed "North Korean's Rooney", is known for weeping copiously when the national anthem is played. He just did it again in openly during the playing of his country's national anthem, one scene that will linger in memory for quite some time. Is he one of six members of the North Korean Army or what?
Check this out; He born in Japan but South Korean citizenship. As a youngster was educated in North Korean state-funded schools in Japan, he recently tried to renounce citizenship in Pyongyang. Then .. whatever blah .. blaahh, don't mind the details. Surely FIFA's got a rule that one can only represent a country that eligible for. Well, since the Koreas don't recognize each other's sovereignty, technically he can play for both national teams simultaneously. Yes, "technically", just love that word. Get used to it, again, you never know what's gonna happen then.