North Korea World Cup Betting
North Korea will be contesting their first World Cup Finals since 1966 when they reached the quarter-finals in England before losing to Portugal. The North Koreans have done an excellent job of qualifying for the 2010 World cup after they came in second in their group behind neighbours and rivals South Korea. This will also be the first World Cup ever which will have featured both North and South Korea which is a big event for the people of both countries.
The World Rankings place North Korea at No.106 and the side are managed by Kim Jong-Hun and he will be looking to guide the team to a successful campaign in South Africa. On paper, North Korea could well be one of the weaker sides who will be heading to the World Cup and will face an uphill battle to just record a victory.
|FIFA World Ranking:||146th|
|Qualification:||Group 2 runners-up in Asia|
|World Cup Odds:||1500/1|
North Korea World Cup Matches
North Korea couldn't have wished for a worst draw in the World Cup as the draw has pitted them up against Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast. A spiritied display from North Korea against Brazil but in the end to no avail as they lost 2-1. A 7-0 loss to Portugal in their second match and a 3-0 defeat to Ivory Coast meant that the North Koreans finished bottom of Group G.
|Date||Time||TV||Match Preview & Odds||Venue|
|15th June||19:30||ITV||Brazil 2 - 1 North Korea||Ellis Park Stadium|
|21st June||12:30||BBC||Portugal 7 - 0 North Korea||Cape Town Stadium|
|25th June||15:00||BBC||North Korea 0 - 3 Ivory Coast||Mbombela Stadium|
Current Form and Key Players
North Korea have been in some good from recently as they qualified for the World Cup but they will need to step up their game if they are to make an impact against some of the bigger sides heading to South Africa.
As when the North Korean World Cup squad is available we will place the full list here, but until that time we have done our best to pick out some of the key players who are likely to be on show in South Africa for North Korea.
- Hong Yong-Jo (Capt) - FC Rostov
- Jong Tae-Se - Kawasaki Frontale
- Ji Yun-Nam - April 25
North Korea Prelimary Squad (30 Man)
|GK||Ri Myong-Guk||23||27||Pyongyang City|
|DF||Nam Song-Chol||28||41||April 25|
|DF||Ri Kwang-Chon||24||39||April 25|
|DF||Han Song-Chol||32||16||April 25|
|MF||Kim Yong-Jun||26||52||Chengdu Blades|
|MF||Mun In-Guk||31||40||April 25|
|MF||Pak Nam-Chol||24||34||April 25|
|MF||Ahn Young-Hak||31||23||Omiya Ardija|
|MF||Ji Yun-Nam||33||20||April 25|
|MF||Ri Chol-Myong||22||12||Pyongyang City|
|MF||Kim Kuk-Jin||21||2||FC Wil|
|FW||Jong Tae-Se||26||20||Kawasaki Frontale|
|FW||Kim Kum-Il||22||11||April 25|