World Cup questionJune 13, 2010 Tim WorstallSport13 CommentsI\’ve only just realised that both N and S Korea qualified. At what point could they actually end up playing each other? previousWe really are different from the EuropeansnextTimmy Elsewhere 13 thoughts on “World Cup question” marksany June 13, 2010 at 10:19 am They can only meet in the final. TheBoilingFrog June 13, 2010 at 11:00 am Not true marksany. The earliest they can meet is the semi-finals. BenSix June 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm I’m not sure whether I want NK to flop (and, thus, deny lil’ Kim a propaganda coup) or succeed (thereby, one might hope, ensuring safety for the players). Ah, well – perhaps I’ll just return to my usual stance on the beautiful game: not giving a fuck. Tim Newman June 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm I’d like to see the whole lot defect, but I doubt this will happen in South Africa and whilst their families would be in danger back home. cerebus June 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm A little while back the Morning Star letters page was fiercely debating whether socialists should support North Korea. Maybe if the Koreas meet they should pursue detente. JohnRS June 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm “At what point could they actually end up playing each other?” Roughyl 90 minutes before the (re)start of the Korean War! The Great Simpleton June 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm It doesn’t matter how well, or badly, NK does, the people will be told that they beat the imperialists etc etc and that they are world champions. Tim Newman June 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm Interestingly, their star player plays his football in Japan. Even Kim Jong Il probably realised that turning out against Malnourished XI, FC Starving, and Gulag No. 12 Firsts isn’t going to provide sufficient opposition for him to help win a world cup. I wonder what his life is like in Japan, if he’s escorted everywhere. Ross June 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm Tim Newman- the NK player who is at a Japanese club was born in Japan to communist sympathising Korean parents. Andy Nicholas June 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm Apparently life wasn’t too good for Pak Do Ik and co, when they retrurned home from their heroics back in 66. diogenes_1960 June 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm Portugal v N Korea was an amazing match Mr Eugenides June 14, 2010 at 4:19 am I should point out that North and South Korea were in the same qualifying group for the World Cup and have played each other a number of times, most recently just over a year ago I think. The DPRK’s “home” game was played in China because they refused to display the South Korean flag on the pitch and play their anthem before kick-off. Otherwise, the games seem to have gone off without any trouble. Unlike most football flashpoints, you see, there is a noticeable absence of away supporters… Michael Jennings June 17, 2010 at 7:18 am In 1994, the final round of Asian qualifying consisted of a round robin of matches between six teams played at a neutral venue (Qatar). The six teams were Japan South Korea North Korea Iran Iraq Saudi Arabia. I am still awed that they managed to play that series without starting World War 3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_%28AFC%29#Final_round Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.