Midfielder An Yong-Hak believes Korea DPR are mentally tougher than five-time FIFA World Cup™ winners Brazil and hopes it is a factor which could prove decisive in Tuesday's Group G match. The Koreans, who are 105th in the FIFA World Rankings, begin only their second FIFA World Cup finals campaign against Brazil in Johannesburg.
"The mentality for victory, strong organisational power and unity in fighting - these attributes are further ahead in us than the Brazil team, I think," said An, who plays for Japanese club Omiya Ardija.
The mentality for victory, strong organisational power and unity in fighting - these attributes are further ahead in us than the Brazil team, I think.
A tight defence was key to Korea DPR securing a place in South Africa, with their only other World Cup finals appearance coming in England in 1966.
Korea DPR did not concede a goal in six games in the third-round group stage during qualifying, and a hard-fought goalless draw in Saudi Arabia in the final round secured qualification.
"We are grouped with Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast, but we will do our best with strong mentality and organisational power in order to send good news to our country and people," added An.