DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

June 15, 2018

For the first time in history, the North Korean team came to the world championship in 1966 in England. In the qualifying tournament, the DPRK was supposed to play with the teams of South Korea and Australia, however, the South Koreans refused to participate in the tournament, and the Australians lost both matches of the DPRK with a total score of 9: 2.

It was assumed that the winner of the Asian zone would have to fight for a ticket to the World Cup with an African winner, but all African teams withdrew from the tournament in protest against the unfair (in their opinion) qualifying tournament, and the DPRK after two victories over Australia suddenly got a ticket to the championship of the world.

At the group stage, the DPRK team first lost to the USSR (0: 3), then tied with Chile (1: 1) and, finally, in the last match won a sensational victory over the Italians - with a score of 1: 0.

In the quarterfinals, the Koreans met with the team of Portugal and in the very first 24 minutes the Portuguese scored three goals but .. but eventually lost the match with a score of 3: 5. Actually, it was the background. The story itself began after the return of football players to their homeland.

All the players, except for midfielder Corporal Pak Doo Ik, who scored the same winning goal to the Italians, were sent straight from the plane to the concentration camps. Park Doo Ik was promoted to a sergeant and immediately completed his football career safely.

Pak Doo Ik himself denies that his colleagues were sent to camps. At least 7 of them survived and even later gave interviews to foreign journalists, but it's hard to say what is true in their words and what is a lie.

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    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

    DPRK team after the victory over the Italian team at the World Cup, 1966, England

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