Jong Tae-Se may be Korea DPR’s star striker and Hong Yong-Jo the team’s joint-top scorer during qualifying, but their bid to reach South Africa 2010 would surely have floundered without the drive and goals of Mun In-Guk.
For coach Kim Jong-Hun, the 31-year-old attacking midfielder will be a vital part in his FIFA World Cup™ squad as they attempt to emulate the class of 1966’s legendary achievement of reaching the last eight. That represents a tall order, of course, but in Mun they at least possess a player with a reputation for scoring crucial goals.
During qualifying, he opened his account in Korea DPR’s key home game against Saudi Arabia, firing home the only goal after collecting a sublime backheel from Hong Yong-Jo. In the next fixture against United Arab Emirates, he continued in a similar vein by smashing home deep into injury time to seal a 2-0 home win.
The diminutive midfielder belongs among the brightest stars nurtured by April 25 Sports Group. Since 2004, he has been an integral part of the club while also featuring prominently for his national team.
Self-discipline is part of the secret behind Mun’s ability to maintain high-level performance despite his age. Aside from his consistency on the pitch, the softly-spoken player is known for his civilised off-field demeanour, traits which have helped forge his reputation as a team role model.
While the striking duo of Jong and Hong dominate attention, Mum is an opportunistic predator always ready to provide goals from midfield when called upon. Unpredictable he may be, but with his stunning pace and a hunger for goals, this attacking midfielder could well prove to be the ace in the North Korean pack.