Korea DPR have been taking advice from the team who reached the last eight of the 1966 FIFA World Cup™ - and coach Kim Jong Hun believes the current generation have the mentality to beat Brazil tomorrow.
The Koreans are rated as rank outsiders to reach the last 16, with Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire joining the five-time world champions alongside Kim's men in Group G.
But in spite of that, Kim refuses to accept that tomorrow's match against the South Americans is purely a damage-limitation exercise and revealed that some of the team from 1966 - when North Korea stunned Italy 1-0 in Middlesbrough before a 5-3 quarter-final defeat to Portugal at Goodison Park - have been an inspiration to his men.
He said: "We met them before we came here, while we were training. They came quite often to the training camps, gave us advice and encouragement and told us what it would be like so that we could make our great leader Kim Jong-il very proud.
"Tomorrow when we meet Brazil it could be a difficult match but nevertheless the three points for winning the match will not be just for Brazil, they will be precious for us as well.
"Our goal for tomorrow is to gain those three victory points and that our team truly becomes one and we exploit our full potential."
The 1966 World Cup made me realise that football was very important and could inspire the people of my country. That is why I became the coach for the national team.
Asked how his team - ranked 85th in the world - could possibly overcome number one-ranked Brazil, Kim said: "Our players are very qualified, they are very talented and they don't fall behind any other players in the world.
"Their talent and quality will be shown tomorrow and this will bring great happiness to our leader Kim Jong-il and show that people of Korea DPR have a strong mentality.
"Of course Brazil are a strong team, they are a perennial favourite. But we have a strong mentality and that is why I think we will prevail."
Coach Kim, who said all his players were in top condition with none carrying knocks, said his interest in football had been sparked by the exploits of the 1966 team.
"I was 10 years old and when I heard about the game my parents and all of the people were very happy. I was very young but I felt our players had done very well, I was proud of them and very envious as well and that is what pushed me. It made me realise that football was very important and could inspire the people of my country. That is why I became the coach for the national team."