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April 25 (Scoop)

April 25 (Scoop)

The term "unknown quantity" does not even begin to describe the innocence and mystery of the game in North Korea.

"The big difference between football in North Korea and other countries is that nobody knows anything about it," says Simon Cockerell of Koryo Tours, which has organised trips to North Korea. "Even on the Fifa website, there is no definitive list of club champions. Many people in North Korea are unaware of which team is top of the league. They just take each game as a standalone competition."

Usually, the dominant club side is April 25, named after the founding date of its backer – the Korean People's army. In keeping with a heavily militarised society, this is the club that supplies more players to the national side than any other.

Defences do not come much better drilled.

 

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