After Korea Republic qualified for their seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup™ finals, coach Huh Jung-Moo expressed his hope that history will be made by Korea DPR also making next summer's showpiece.
The Taeguk Warriors confirmed their place at South Africa 2010 by beating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Dubai with Park Chu-Young opening the scoring in the fifth minute and Ki Sung-Yeung sealing the victory just before the break.
"Our first objective was to win this match and I am happy we managed to do that," said Huh.
"We now have two home games left, so we can play them free of any worries and perhaps try a thing or two."
The result took the Asian Zone Group B leaders to 14 points from six matches with their remaining two qualifiers both to played at home.
Korea DPR, for their part, were held to a goalless draw by Iran in Pyongyang which left them second on 11 points from seven matches. Saudi Arabia, on ten points, have a game in hand.
Huh underlined that he would like to see his country's northern neighbours join them in South Africa and have both Korean teams at a FIFA World Cup finals for the first time ever.
"I personally hope that North Korea can qualify with us to the finals because it will be the first time in World Cup history to have this," he said.
"I'm really happy that we made it to the World Cup finals. We played well and we are all satisfied with a performance that saw us win and ensure a place in South Africa in 2010.
I personally hope that North Korea can qualify with us to the finals because it will be the first time in World Cup history.
"The players were excellent throughout the qualifiers and they did a great job."
Many football fans in Korea Republic, gathered in small groups at home or in downtown bars, rejoiced while watching the game televised live here in the early hours of Sunday morning.
"You guys have killed all my stress at once," read a message posted by a football fan, identified as luckymy5378, on the Internet portal Yahoo Korea.
"You've done a wonderful job. Thanks. You are real patriots."
Seoul's YTN television said the team "has made a successful generation change in the squad", pointing to the growing maturity of young players such as Park Chu-Young and Ki Sung-Yueng.
Korea Republic are to date the only Asian team to have reached the FIFA World Cup semi-finals when they surprised the football world on home soil in 2002.