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DPRK broadcasts World Cup match live

06-22-2010 08:03 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

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Central Television from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, provided a live broadcast of the country's World Cup match against Portugal, a rarity for the DPRK.

Monday's broadcast in the DPRK, is believed to be the first full live coverage of an international game played by the country.

Before the match against Portugal, Kim Jong-hun, the DPRK's football coach, declared that the team would do their best to "erase the regret 44 years ago".

However, Kim's team lost to Portugal seven-nil, the biggest loss so far at the World Cup in South Africa.

Ri Myong Il, brother of DPRK team goal keeper, said, "Watching the game live I felt like I was in South Africa myself. Although we lost the game, I think the main reason is that the DPRK team has so little international experience. The team has played many games, all in Asia. And of course our team has had several rounds of practice matches against strong European teams, but their experience is far less than teams from other countries."

The DPRK's match commentator noted that the team lost because the weather was terrible, the players were too tired after a long trip and that cooperation among the players wasn't good enough.

At the London World Cup in 1966, the DPRK reached the quarter finals but lost to Portugal 5-3 in the quarterfinals.

Central Television from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, provided a live broadcast of the country's World Cup match against Portugal, a rarity for the DPRK.
Central Television from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, provided a live 
broadcast of the country's World Cup match against Portugal, a rarity for the DPRK.

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