Korea Congratulates S. Korea’s Achievement in World Cup
Gwang Gun, Chairman of the Korean Football Association, on June 30 sent a letter
to Jong Mong Jun, Chairman of the South Korean Football Association,
congratulating the football team of South Korea on its success in the 17th FIFA
the full text of the congratulatory message.
Mr. Jong Mong Jun, Chairman of the South Korean Football Association
congratulate the football team of south Korea on its great success in the World
success made by the team is a striking demonstration of the advantages and
tenacity of the Korean nation to the world.
successive wins made by your football team in the wake of the victory achieved
by our eleven in the 1966 World Cup held in England which stunned the world, are
a victory common to the nation which convinces the fellow countrymen that they
can defeat any strong team in the world and emerge as the strongest if they have
at the same time, installs into the nation the confidence that they can achieve
the independent reunification of the country more smoothly if they pool their
efforts and wisdom.
express the expectation that Mr. Jong Mong Jun, Chairman of the South Korean
Football Association and Chairman of Preparatory Committee of the south Korean
side for the World Cup, will greatly help the compatriots pool their efforts in
the days ahead.
of the DPRK Football Association
Korean Soccer Team Wins 4th Prize in 2002 World Cup
big upsets against the world’s soccer powers, the south Korean football team
won the fourth prize in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan, though the team
lost the game against Turkey and failed to secure the bronze medal on June 29.
It was the first time for an Asian country to go to semifinal in their longtime
attempts in the world’s biggest football event.
the preliminary round in Group D, the south Korean team overwhelmed Poland 2-0
recording its first-ever win in the World Cup and drew with U.S. 1-1. Beating
the powerful Portugal team 1-0, the south Korean team came out on top of its
group and moved on to the second round of the finals.
south Korean football squad made a 2-1 extra-time win over three-time champion
Italy on June 15. And then south Korea, which had never won a World Cup game
before (10 losses and 4 draws in 14 games), advanced to the semifinals on June
22 with a win over Spain in a penalty shootout after extra time ended without
either side scoring, to make the south Koreans the first Asian team to ever
reach the semifinals. In the semifinal match against Germany on June 25, the
south Korea team was defeated 0:1.
DPRK broadcast the victory of the south Korean team in 2002 World Cup, showing
parts of the football matches against Italy and Spain on the state-run Korean
Central Television. The state television aired the highlights of south Korea’s
surprise victory over Italy on June 23 and Spain on June 27 in the second round
of the World Cup.
DPRK has been proud of its achievement in the 1966 World Cup in England. The
national football squad of the DPRK advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating
soccer power Italy 1:0 in the preliminary round. But in the match against
Portugal in the quarterfinals, the DPRK team lost a close game to the Portugal
the Seoul-based Korea-Europe Foundation said on June 6 that north Korea agreed
to send its national soccer team to south Korea on September 6 to hold a match
with the south Korean national team in Seoul.
agreement came after a series of working-level negotiations between the north
side and foundation. Reportedly, General Secretary Kim Jong Il accepted the
foundation’s proposal for the soccer game made by the foundation’s head Rep.
Park Keun Hye during her meeting with Kim Jong Il in mid-May.
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