10 November 2013

April 25 SC win against Indonesia National Team

April 25 Sports Club won 2-0 against Indonesian  National team today in Pyongyang.


05 November 2013

Indonesia to Play DPR Korea’s April Twenty-Five SC

JAKARTA (4 Nov 2013) – Following their thumping win over Kyrgyzstan last week, the Indonesia national side has lined up a match against DPR Korea’s April Twenty-Five Sports Club next week.
April Twenty-Five or 4.25 is one of the most successful clubs in DPR Korea and will provide a stern test for Indonesia as they gear up for the 2015 Asian Cup qualifying match against China at the Shanxi Stadium in Xian.
The match against April Twenty-Five will be played on 9 November while the game against China will be on 15 November 2013.
“We are optimistic for the game against China. I thought that we played well against them in Jakarta and I’m hoping for more of the same if not better when we take them on in Xian,” said Indonesian coach Jacksen Tiago.
“We need more sense of self-belief as this is the only way to increase the level of our combination play.”


28 October 2013

Indonesia NT playing friendlies in North Korea

Indonesia is scheduled to play  two friendlies against a North Korean selection XI on Nov 8 and Nov 11 in Pyongyang. Indonesia is preparing for AFC Asian Cup qualifier in China on November 15.

Indonesia will arrive North Korea on Nov 6 and depart on Nov 11


10 October 2013

AFC U19 : North Korea 4-0 Singapore

AFC U19 today : North Korea 4-0 Singapore

North Korea crush Brunei U-19 squad

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
THE national Under-19 football team faced a 6-0 beating at the hands of North Korea in their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Championship qualifier opener yesterday.

Brunei managed to keep the game goalless before giving a penalty away in the 21st minute, which saw North Korea's Ro Myong Song put his team in front 1-0 at the Thai Japanese Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Three more goals were then added in the first half by So Jong Hyok (23rd minute), Kim Chol Min (31st) and Choe Song Il (39th) who was awarded the match's most valuable player.

North Korea's second half goals came from Pak Chol Song (64th) and Kim Kuk Chol three minutes into injury time (90th).

Brunei will take on Thailand in their second Group H match tomorrow at the same venue before closing out their campaign at the Thai capital against Singapore on Saturday.

Thailand defeated Singapore 3-0 in yesterday's other game.

North Korea top the group by a three goal difference over Thailand, with both of them holding one win a piece.

Singapore are sitting third whilst Brunei are at the bottom of the four-team table.

Today's first game will be between table toppers North Korea and Singapore.

Vietnam are the only team that have confirmed their spot after winning all their Group F matches against Australia (5-1), Hong Kong (5-1) and Chines Taipei (6-1).

Forty teams separated into nine groups are aiming to top their groups and earn their ticket to the October 2014 finals in Myanmar.

Six of the best second placed sides and hosts Myanmar will also make it through.

The tournament also serve as the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the top-four sides in the 2014 edition booking a place in tournament proper to be held in New Zealand in 2015.

The Brunei Times

07 October 2013

East Asian Games : North Korea 1-0 China

East Asian Games result women  today :

North Korea 1-0 China

Japan defend U-16 championship title

Nanjing: Defender Kim Jong-sim missed from the spot as Japan successfully defended their title by beating DPR Korea 6-5 in the final of the AFC Women’s U-16 Championship which was decided by the penalty shootout.
Earlier the match was locked at 1-1 during the regulation time and was subsequently decided by the penalty shootout in which the clinical Japanese converted all of their kicks. 
Minami Moeka, Ichise Nana, Rikako Kobayashi, Sugita Hina, Wakaho Kanda and Shiho Matsubara converted their penalty kicks while Mun Kyong Yong, Ri Ji Hyang, Sun Hyang Sim, Pak Song Jong and Ri Un Jong were successful to convert their chances for DPR Korea. 
Earlier, Miura Narumi put the Japanese in front in the 63rd minute but the lead lasted only for eight minutes as second-half substitute Sun Hyang Sim equalised to make it 1-1 which remained the same in the regulations time. 
In the previous edition of the competition, both the sides had finished at the identical positions like this year with Japan beating DPR Korea 1-0 in 2011 when the competition was played under round-robin league format. 
“It was really difficult match against the Koreans but our players showed their spirit and did not give up until the end,” Japanese coach Asako Takakura said after the match. 
“As we are playing in the World Cup next year, we have to improve a lot and today’s match was an opportunity for my team to get much needed experience against a strong opponent. 
“It’s a time to start focusing on the World Cup and I am sure we will do our best to get good results in the World Cup,” she added. 
DPR Korea coach Ri Song-ho did not hide his frustration of bowing out in the penalty shootouts. 
“It is very disappointing to lose the final in which you dominate but let the opponent bite you on crucial moment,” Ri said. 
“We were very good from the beginning but made mistake and had to pay for it by conceding that unexpected goal. 
“We did have more chances to kill off the match after we scored an equaliser in the 71st minute but again we failed to take those. 
“Our preparation for the next year’s World Cup begins from tomorrow and we will work to ensure that we will not be making the same mistakes like today in Costa Rica next year,” he said. 


06 October 2013

AFC Women's U16 : China 1-3 DPR Korea

Nanjing: Ri Hae-yon scored a double as DPR Korea advanced to the final of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2013 in their 3-1 win over hosts China at the Jiangning Sports Centre on Thursday.
Midfielder Ju Hyo-sim opened the scoring on 35 minutes to give the Koreans the lead and just as the hosts were looking hard for a chance to equalise, Ri-Song-ho’s side scored again through Ri Hae-yon four minutes before the break.
China's Qin Manman then took it one down as she bulged the Koreans' net 11 minutes after the interval.
Ri Hae-yon, who had scored three goals against Jordan and one in their 10-0 routing of Chinese Taipei in the group stages, scored again against Gao Hong’s side seven minutes before the final whistle to compete her double in the game.

“We were very tensed and over excited in the beginning but after the first goal, we could play as I expected,” said Ri-Song-ho. “But in the second half, China managed to score one goal from our mistake and the match went to a very difficult way again.

“But our players never gave up and could score the one more goal to secure the win. I am so happy to win today and there’s one more match to win in this tournament. I want to concentrate on recovering first and will do our best to become a champion.”

“DPR Korea is a very indomitable team,” said China’s coach Gao. “They gave us a lot of pressure since the beginning of the game. They limited our organising in the midfield and possession of the ball. We were facing a very difficult situation in the first half.

“There was a free kick which caused a goal against us which was accidental. Our plan was to make DPR Korea fatigued through possessing the ball. If we could keep 0-0 in the first half it would’ve been better for us.

“We lost two in the first half so we changed our tactic in the second half. We tried to push more into their goal area and it turned out effective. We required a high-quality free kick which meant to kick it quick and short, especially around the goal area. We implemented well and scored.

“We will play with Thailand or Japan in the 3rd/4th place match. We have to win to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014. I trust our players and I believe we have the ability to win the ticket of the World Cup.”


06 September 2013

Friendly : Kuwait 2-1 North Korea

Kuwait won 2-1 against North Korea in  a friendly today in Kuwait

30 August 2013

Kuwait friendly for North Korea

North Korea will play  a friendly against Kuwait on 6. September. Kuwait FA confirm this friendly

The friendly will be played in Kuwait City

28 July 2013

SKorea stun Japan, NKorea win Cup

South Korea shocked reigning Women's World Cup champions Japan, defeating them 2-1 in the last East Asian Cup women's match on Sunday and helping neighbours North Korea claim their first title at the regional event.
Striker Ji So-Yun scored both South Korean goals at Seoul's Jamsil Olympic Stadium, as the hosts won for the first time at this year's event and denied Japan their third consecutive East Asian Cup title.
Earlier on Saturday, North Korea defeated China 1-0 to end the tournament on seven points.
Japan entered the final showdown with four points and needed a victory to clinch seven points and beat North Korea on goal difference.
South Korea, losers of the first two matches, were the heavy underdogs against Japan, which brought back 16 members from its 2011 Women's World Cup-winning squad.
The hosts, though, played with more fire on both ends than they'd shown in previous matches, and struck first on Ji's free kick in the 13th.
From right of the arc, Ji – who plays in Japan's L-League – drilled her free kick over the Japanese wall and into the top right hand corner, out of 'keeper Ayumi Kaihori's reach.
Japan struggled against the physical South Korean defence and failed to record a shot on net in the opening 45 minutes.
With North Korean players watching from the stands, South Korea appeared content with the one-goal advantage to start the latter half.
In the 57th minute, Jeon Ga-Eul just missed the far corner with a floating shot from the left edge of the box.
But South Korea doubled their advantage in the 66th with Ji's second successful strike of the match. She took a cross from Kwon Hah-Nul from right and capitalised on confusion in Japan's defence to put it past Kaihori once more.
Japan cut the deficit in half in the 72nd minute, as Yuki Ogimi scored on her own rebound. The goal breathed new life into Japan, who dominated the ball in the final stretch of the game.
In the 80th, Kozue Ando shot one off the far post from the left edge of the box. Six minutes later, Mizuho Sakaguchi nearly scored with South Korean keeper Kim Jung-Mi out of position, but midfielder Kim Soo-Yun headed the shot out of play.
During the North Korea, China match Ri Un-Hyang scored 90 seconds into the game, stunning the goalkeeper Wang Fei with her floating header.
North Korea maintained possession superiority in the second half, but neither side threatened to score. In the final stretch, North Korea put more pressure on China, with Ra Un-Sim and Kim Jo-Ran testing Wang in the Chinese net.

It was the first trip by the North Korean women's football team to South Korea since 2005.


21 July 2013

North Koreans get warm reception in South, win match

By Ju-min Park and Narae Kim
SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea put aside bitter political divisions for 90 minutes on Sunday as their women's soccer teams clashed in a regional tournament in Seoul, with the visitors scoring a decisive win and getting a warm welcome from home-team fans.
Just months after the North's threats of nuclear war pushed the peninsula close to conflict, South Korean fans stood as the North's national anthem echoed around Seoul's World Cup stadium and even cheered when North Korea scored.
"This wouldn't happen if it was against any other country, but strangely I wanted to cheer North Korea," said Moon Sang-soon, a 49-year-old South Korean fan snacking on barbecued pork.
North Korea won the game 2-1.
The North Korean players have kept a low profile at the tournament compared with other teams, declining to use some of the stadium's facilities during training.
They were escorted by South Korean security officials and North Korean fans who traveled from Japan also shied away from the media.
Despite their reluctance to mix off the pitch, the North Korean players made a point of waving at the South Korean fans before the game.
The two Koreas remain technically at war under a truce that ended their 1950-53 conflict.
Months of bitter hostility that began early this year when North Korea conducted a third nuclear test marked some of the worst ever tension between them. It has since eased sharply.
The North Korean women arrived for their first trip to the South in eight years for the tournament on Thursday.
The four-nation Women's East Asian Cup also features China and Japan. A men's tournament is also being held but North Korea did not qualify for the finals.
While some see the visit as a sign of easing tension, not many people at the stadium appeared to put much faith in sports diplomacy. But some said the match was of symbolic importance.
"Sports are separate from politics," said Park Jeong-min, 28, wearing a South Korean national team uniform.
"I feel some kind of bond when watching North Korea. I hope there will be more and more of this kind of game."
Also watching was a former North Korean spy now living in South Korea after serving a jail term for refusing to disavow the North.
"I'm rooting for the young ladies from Pyongyang," said Kim Young-sik, 80. "I feel like we are being unified."
While the prospects for better political ties remain in question, the North's players were upbeat.
"Coming to the South side, hearing the cheers of compatriots gave us strength," Ho Un-byol, a North Korean defender who scored two goals, said after the match.
(Editing by Jack Kim and Robert Birsel)

yahoo sports

11 June 2013

North Korea drew Qatar

North Korea drew Qatar 0-0 today in  a friendly today in Doha, Qatar

25 May 2013

Qatar friendly for North Korea

North Korea will play  a friendly against Qatar on June 11 in Doha

11 May 2013

FIFA World Ranking May

FIFA World ranking for May was released  this week

North Korea staying at number 115

There are no scheduled friendly matches for North KOrea

13 April 2013

YouTube- North Korea football championship-2013. Amnokkang - Sobaeksu (1:1)

All Eyes on Jong Tae-Se

This Sunday at Suwon World Cup Stadium 44,000 fans will watch the biggest clash in South Korean football, between the Suwon Samsung Bluewings and FC Seoul.
Fans will also see North Korean star striker Jong Tae-Se try to cement his status as the new hero of Suwon.
Pyongyang may not exactly be flavor of the month south of the 38th Parallel, but Suwon fans will leave politics aside if Jong scores the winning goal in the “Super Match.”
Jong, nicknamed “The People’s Rooney” after the similarly combative Manchester United and England attacker Wayne Rooney, joined the Bluewings in January from FC Koln in Germany. His performances this season have already won the hearts of Suwon fans.
Jong was well known in South Korea long before joining Suwon and long before he shot to global fame at the 2010 World Cup. In South Africa, he burst into tears as the North Korean anthem was played before the team’s opening game against Brazil.
Jong was born and raised in Japan to Korean parents, one from each side of the divide, and regards himself as North Korean. Like a number of Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) players, he made his professional debut in the J-League. He first became known in South Korea during his stint playing for Kawasaki Frontale. He visited the country in the Asian Champions League in 2007.
Understandably, Jong, as media-savvy as they come, has not given his opinion about the current crisis on the Korean peninsula. Even if he wanted to, it would not be a wise thing to do. In the past, when asked about relations between North and South, his gave an answer along the lines of hoping that football can bring the two together.
And he is living proof that it can, at least to a small extent. Suwon fans see a player willing to give their all for the team. In the build-up to the game on Sunday, he said he will be doing everything he can to help his team vanquish their rivals.
He mentioned especially looking forward to competing against World Cup star and FC Seoul member Cha Du-ri. “It will be really good to be able to play in this rival match,” Jong said. “I will shake hands with Cha as a goal celebration after I score.”


07 February 2013

Friendly : Laos 0-1 North Korea

In a friendly match yesterday, Laos went down 0-1 to Korea DPR.

Laos FA website

04 February 2013

North Korea edge UAE in a friendly

UAE trailed 0-1 to North Korea in a friendly at the Chinese city of Shenzhen on Thursday. The North Korean struck the all-important goal of the clash from the spot into the 44th minute of the first half. The Gulf champions are preparing for their 2015 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers opener against hosts Vietnam in Hanoi on Wednesday.
The UAE head coach Ali Mahdi started with keeper Ali Khusaif, defenders Muhanad Al Enazi, Abdul Aziz Haikal, Waleed Abbas, midfielders Mohammed Fawzi, Amir Abdul Rahman, Haboush Saleh, Habib Fardan with Ahmed Khalil and Saeed Al Kathiri upfront.
Both sides did nothing to show any offensive intentions and no real threat to either goalies was witnessed throughout the first half with the exception of the penalty kick which resulted from a handball against UAE defender Muhanad Al Enazi one minute before the break.
Meanwhile, the UAE strikers were only unlucky to miss the target on at least two occasions after having virtually controlled the game. Ahmed Khalil saw his hot hitting the cross-bar and saved by the Korean defenders while he was with the keeper only to beat.
At this stage, Mahdi Ali interfered by sending in keeper Khalid Essa, Ismail Matar, Majid Hassan, Abdulla Mosa, Ali Al Amri, Omer Abdul Rahman and Ismail Al Hammadi to replace keeper Ali Khusaif, Saeed Al Kathiri, Amir Abdul Rahman, Hamdan Al Kamali, Waleed Abbasm Habib Fardan and Haboush Saleh respectively.
The UAE lads missed the efforts of injured players Mohammed Ahmed, Abdul Aziz Sanqoor, Khamis Ismail and Ali Mabkhout as Mahdi opted to take any risk that could delay their recovery and trained separately with the fitness coach.
And apart from the defeat, Mahdi said it was a useful test for the players because they have face a well organised side who play total football.
However, this was the second defeat for the boys in white since Mahdi Ali took over last August. The first defeat was 0-1 received at the hands of Japan in a friendly.

UAE FA website

02 February 2013

Laos to Play North Korea in a Friendly

As part of their preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier, Laos is going to play North Korea. The match will be played at Tuodong Sport Center Stadium, Kunming, China.

Goal Afghanistan

North Koreans win Phuket FC friendly

FOOTBALL: A pre-season friendly match between Phuket FC and a top North Korean League team ended with a narrow victory for the visitors.

The game at Phuket’s Surakul Stadium ended with a 1-0 win for 4.25 SC, also known as the April 25 Sport Club – a leading Pyongyang league club funded by donations from the North Korean Army.
The visiting North Korean captain, #9 shirt Kim Kam-Il, scored the winning goal. 
The squad that played Phuket FC included 12 players from North Korea's national football team, which played in the Thailand King's Cup  tournament in Chiang Mai last week.

Phuket News

31 January 2013

North Koreans to play Phuket FC in football friendly Thursday

FOOTBALL: A North Korean football team will play a friendly game against Phuket FC at Surakul Stadium on Thursday.

The kick-off is at 6pm, and admission to the game is B100 (children free.)

The visiting team, 4.25 SC - also known as the April 25 Sports Club - is one of the top teams in the North Korean league and includes 12 footballers from the national squad.

The Phuket FC team features two star South Korean footballers - twin midfielders Boas and Ya Gin Chun. It's not known yet known if the pair will play in the friendly against the North Koreans on Thursday.

Phuket News

26 January 2013

King`s Cup - Thailand 2-2 North Korea

King`s Cup - Thailand vs North Korea , third place match

FT score : 2-2

23 January 2013

King`s Cup : North Korea vs Sweden , Sweden win on PK`s

King`s Cup in Thailand

North Korea Drew Sweden 1-1 after full time but lost 4-1 on Pk`s

FIFA has not accepted the matches in King`s Cup as "A" matches.

North Korea face Thailand in third place match

10 January 2013

King`s Cup : North Korea vs Sweden !

BANGKOK (10 Jan 2013) – The FA of Thailand (FAT) will host the historic Thai King’s Cup in the northern city of Chiangmai later this month. The event is slated for 23-26 January with Finland, Sweden and DPR Korea taking part.

The first match day will see Thailand taking on Finland on 23 January with Sweden playing DPR North Korea on the same day. The winners of each match will advance to the final with the losing teams playing in the third-place play-off three days later.

Thailand last won the tournament in 2008 when they beat Iraq B in the final while last year, the King’s Cup was won by the South Korean Under-23 team.

Source : Aseanfootball

Comment :  Sweden will field a home based team because the matches are not on FIFA match days