28 March 2018

Jørn Andersen new Hong Kong NT Coach ?

Norwegian tv station TV 2 reporting that Jørn Andersen could be the new Hong Kong National Team coach.


DPR Korea seal UAE 2019 ticket

Needing just a point to guarantee their progress to next January’s finals, first half goals from Jong Il-gwan and Pak Kwang-ryong sent DPR Korea on their way to collecting all three points and ending Hong Kong’s hopes in the process.

Hong Kong needed to win to qualify for the Finals for the first time since 1968, but the visitors’ hopes were hit early by the loss of defender Helio Goncalves, who was replaced just 11 minutes into the game by Tong Kin-man after sustaining a knee injury.

The home side took command just seven minutes later when Jong’s strike beat Hong Kong’s Yapp Hung-fai from 25 yards, with the Hong Kong goalkeeper unable to keep the ball out despite putting a hand on the shot.

Six minutes later DPR Korea doubled their advantage when left back Kim Chol-bom drilled the ball across the Hong Kong goal and Pak was on hand to steer his shot home from six yards out.

Hong Kong finally sparked into life, with Alex Akande sending a pair of efforts just off target in the minutes before the half-time break, while second half substitute Lam Ka-wai gave the visitors some encouragement after his introduction.

Liu Chun-fai’s side was unable to find a way through the well-drilled DPR Korea defence and, with a little more than 10 minutes remaining, Ri Yong-jik almost added a third for the hosts only for his long-distance lob to just miss the target.

It mattered little, however, as Andersen’s side closed out the game to give the Norwegian a victorious send-off in his final game as coach as the country secured their qualification for next year’s Finals.


Photos: Hong Kong Football Association

27 March 2018

Group B Preview: DPR Korea, Hong Kong eye the big prize

DPR Korea sit in second place in Group B behind already-qualified Lebanon and three points ahead of Hong Kong meaning a draw will be enough for the east Asian nation to secure a spot at the Finals for the third tournament in a row.

“After almost two years as national team coach for the DPRK, we will play the last AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Hong Kong on Tuesday,” said the Norwegian. “It will also be the last match for me as coach of this team.

“My contract will finish on March 31 and I will leave the country, so we hope for victory and a positive finish.

“After playing a very good tournament in December in Tokyo in the East Asian Championships, we have seen that this DPRK team is almost at the same level as Japan and Korea Republic, the best teams in Asia.

“My team has taken a big step and they have a lot of confidence ahead of this match against Hong Kong.”

The two nations met in Hong Kong in June with the teams sharing the points in a 1-1 draw at Hong Kong Stadium. 

That, coupled with a narrow win over Hong Kong in the qualifying rounds for the East Asian Championship in 2016, has ensured Andersen is not underestimating Tuesday’s opponents.

“I think after the last two matches against Hong Kong, the teams know each other well,” he said. “We know that Hong Kong have a good team with many foreign players, who are physically very strong.

“Also, we know the situation for us is very good. If we don’t lose the game we will qualify for UAE 2019.

Hong Kong are attempting to secure a spot at the Finals for the first time since 1968 and have travelled to Pyongyang without Tan Chun Lok and Sandro, who are both suspended.

But striker Jordi Tarres is available after shaking off an injury and the Kitchee man believes the team will have no issues with the cooler conditions or the pitch at the Kim Il-sung Stadium.

“We have started to get used to the style of artificial grass we will find in DPR Korea and we are focused on the game and have been preparing as well as possible from the first day,” said Tarres.

“I prefer it being a little bit colder rather than the heat. When you have to run, the heat is worse but when it’s eight or 10 degrees then you feel as a player more comfortable, so that’s good.

“I think the game will be like a chess game. We need to read the game and put on the pitch what we need. 

"We need to avoid conceding a goal early in the game and try to keep a clean sheet and then be patient. 

"I’m sure we will have several chances and we need to take these chances and come back happy to Hong Kong.”


12 December 2017

EAFF Women : DPR Korea 1-0 Korea Rep

DPR KOREA 1 (Kim Yun-mi 18’)


When the draw for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup was made in Jordan on Saturday, DPR Korea were the most notable absentees, having failed to qualify in April.

On that occasion they finished second in their group behind Korea Republic after a spirited and crucial 1-1 draw in Pyongyang, but Kim Kwang-min’s team gained a measure of revenge with a 1-0 win in Chiba, which puts them on the top of the standings with one match remaining.

Kim Yun-mi, the two-goal hero against China on Friday, was on the scoresheet again, latching onto Ri Hyang-sim’s cross from the right flank to expertly steer a header into the far bottom corner in the 18th minute.

The result continues Korea Republic’s barren run against their neighbours, with their most recent victory over DPR Korea coming back in 2005.

A draw against Japan on Friday will be enough for DPR Korea to claim a third successive title, while Korea Republic – who are missing overseas-based players such as Chelsea’s Ji So-yun – will play for third place against China.


13 November 2017


Buriram: Kim Yu-song netted a first-half hat-trick as DPR Korea beat Malaysia 4-1 for the second time in four days to go clear in second spot in Group B of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers at the I-Mobile Stadium in Buriram, Thailand on Monday.
The Koreans had dismissed the challenge of Malaysia 4-1 in Friday’s first match of a double header in neutral Thailand, and it was just as easy second time around for Joern Andersen’s side against a Malaysian team that featured eight changes to the starting lineup.
The only action of note in a frantic opening 10 minutes came when Pak Kwang-ryong’s 25-yard free-kick sailed over Hafizul Hakim’s crossbar in the sixth minute. 
But it was a very familiar looking goal that saw DPR Korea take the lead after just 15 minutes.
Jong Il-gwan’s corner from the left was headed home by Kim (pictured above), the same combination that had put them 2-0 up on Friday.
Five minutes later, DPR Korea went two ahead from another corner. This time, Jong crossed from the right and Pak’s flick-on found Kim, who netted from six yards out. 
Shell-shocked Malaysia struggled to get into the game, and Ri Myong-guk was having a very quiet night in the DPR Korea goal.
Kim struck again just before the half-time whistle to complete his hat-trick as he turned in Sim Hyon-jin’s cross from the right. 
There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the second half as the Koreans were happy to consolidate their lead, while damage limitation suited Malaysia.
But Pak piled on the misery for Malaysia when he tapped in Ri Un-chol’s cross to make it 4-0 to DPR Korea in the 79th minute.
Safawi Rasid responded with a fine strike for Malaysia in the 85th minute, but it was too little, too late as Nelo Vingada’s men fell out of contention for qualification.
Photos: AFC 


12 November 2017

Andersen praised North Korea's desire to win

North Korea moved level on points with Hong Kong in Group B of the 2019 Asian Cup qualification after an emphatic 4-1 win over Malaysia in a match played at a neutral venue in Buriram, Thailand. Korea were head and shoulders better than their Malaysian counterparts and could have won by a bigger margin had their finishing been better.

This was the win that North Korea were looking for after a 5-0 mauling that they received at the hands of Lebanon in their last match in the group. Pak Kwang Ryong opened the scoring early in the first half which was then followed by goals from Kim Yu Song, Kim Yong Il and Jong Il Gwan. 

Malaysia did pulled one back in the second half through a Safawi Rasid strike but North Korea regained their composure to snuff out any hope of a comeback. Head coach Jorn Andersen praised his team's performance after the match, claiming that they were the far superior side in the match.

"For my team, it was a good concentrated game from the beginning. We tried to start in high tempo, to press them, to disrupt them and to attack them. And I think the first half was really good."

"I think the early goal was very important. After this penalty, we still maintain the pressure. Always important to take the first goal but you can see which team was better today. Which team want to play football today and which team want to attack today and that was DPR Korea. I don't see Malaysia team in front of our goal in the first half," said Andersen.
The 54-year-old Norwegian was glad that his team came away with a win after recent negative results. The former Mainz 05 manager also opened up on how the rearrangement of the fixture had also impacted on his team.

"Of course it's stressful to see the game postponed three times and we don't get to play at home against Malaysia but the situation is that and we have to play both games here. We win the first game and we're very satisfied."

"This game gave us some confidence. It's our first win in a long time. It's very important for us to take the victory today to show the people that we can play good football," added Andersen.
North Korea will have a chance to gain a further three points when they meet Malaysia again on Monday.