Pak Nam-Chol, 21, has forged a reputation as a skilful defender for both club and country, and also possesses the fighting spirit that has become Korea DPR’s trademark.
Born in October of 1988 to a worker’s family from the Namp'o City, Pak inherited his passion for football from his father, a fervent fan of the Chollima. As a child, he was told about the country’s legendary achievement of reaching the last eight at the 1966 FIFA World Cup England™ and, inspired by the story, he dedicated himself to pursuing a career in the beautiful game.
He didn’t have to wait too long for his wish to be granted, with a call-up to the national youth team coming in 2005, when he excelled as Korea DPR reached the quarter-finals of that year’s FIFA U17 World Cup. Already heralded as one of the country’s finest emerging stars, Pak enjoyed a prolific 2007, during which he represented his country at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada before graduating to the senior ranks. He went on to make four appearances during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, including starting in both legs of the tie against Mongolia. More recently, he figured prominently for the national B team as they took gold in February’s AFC Challenge Cup.
Exceptional pace and admirable technique have made Pak a mainstay at the back for local giants Amrokgang. His is also renowned for possessing supreme belief in his own ability and will be confident of dazzling the world with his skills on the global stage.