Football in North Korea
At the 1966 FIFA World Cup?, North Korea sent shock waves throughout the football world by beating Italy 1-0 and advancing to the quarter finals, where they finally succumbed 3-5 to Portugal after initially leading 3-0. Such triumphs have not been repeated since - apart from coming second at the Asian Games Football Tournaments in 1990 and 1993. Kim Yong Min, Ri Chang Ha and Yong Kwang Min are the only players to have signed for a foreign club (all three with top division Kariak in Kazakhstan). Recently, North Korea have been making a name for themselves in women's football. The national team qualified for a FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 1999, won the AFC Women's Championship in 2001 and the Asian Games Football Tournament in 2002.
Third Goal project
The third project of the DPR Korea Football Association will concentrate on providing accommodation for various national youth teams. On 21 March 2007, the Goal Bureau approved a project to renovate existing facilities at the Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang and at the Sosan football stadium, with the latter also to receive a new pitch. This project will vastly improve the training conditions for national youth teams in DPR Korea.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Renovation of player accommodation at Pyongyang and Sosan stadiums
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 30,000 Other sources USD 260,000 Total cost USD 690,000