Korea DPR
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The past
The women’s game has become Korea DPR’s strongest footballing suit with impressive performances at all international levels in recent years. With their senior side more than capable of competing against the world’s best, it was their junior side that made history by winning the 2006 edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Inspired by the unprecedented success, they were unstoppable at the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand two years ago, sweeping past the likes of England and USA en route to clinching the crown.

The present
Entering the qualifying competition as defending continental and world champions, the East Asians opened brightly by romping past hosts Thailand 5-0. A 7-0 demolition of Myanmar sealed their place in the last four despite a 2-2 draw against Korea Republic in their final group game. In the decisive semi-final clash, they edged out Australia 4-3 to book their passage to the continental final in addition to a place at Trinidad and Tobago 2010.

The future
It goes without saying that Korea DPR head into the tournament seeking the defence of their title and for coach Ri Song-Gun, determination is key for them if they are to emulate their feat of two years ago. "The one thought our players have is to win matches to send a report of victory to our country," he said. Although a host of young talents have come through up the ranks, he places team work above individual performances to win tactical battles.

Facts and figures
Former stars
Jon Myong-Hwa, Yun Hyon-Hi, Jang Hyon-Sun

Key players
Kim Kum-Jong, Pong Son-Hwa

Qualifying statistics
Before their final defeat to Korea Republic, Korea DPR maintained their impressive form, scoring 18 times in 4 matches.

The numbers game
6 - is the number of goals they conceded in the 2 meetings with Korea Republic. After drawing 2-2 against their southern neighbours in the group stage, they lost the final re-match 4-0.