FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Korea DPR’s first bid for the FIFA U-17 World Cup dates all the way back to 1986. However, maiden qualification didn't come until 2004 when the Young Chollima finished the Asian campaign as runners-up. After emulating the same feat two years later, Korea DPR won their first continental title in 2010 to seal their appearance at Mexico 2011. They have progressed beyond the group phase on three occasions – 2005, 2007 and also 2015 where they were eliminated in the Round of 16 by eventual runners-up Mali.

Road to India
Of the four Asian qualifiers for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Korea DPR were arguably the least impressive. Aside from a 4-1 win over Thailand, Korea DPR displayed trademark pragmatism with goalscoring at a premium. They defeated Yemen 2-0 but rounded out the group campaign with a 3-1 defeat by Uzbekistan. Qualification for India 2017 came via a penalty shoot-out win over Oman, before a defeat on penalties against Iran in the semi-final.

The coach
Korea DPR’s Yun Jong Su is a highly experienced figure in his native land having enjoyed a lengthy international playing career, before embarking on a prosperous coaching career. He featured in several FIFA World Cup™ campaigns commencing with qualifiers for Mexico 86. As a coach he led the senior national team during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and has coached extensively at youth international level, with an AFC U-20 Championship win in 2010 perhaps his most notable success.

The stat
– Despite reaching the semi-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship, Korea DPR won just two of their five matches.