Korea DPR legend Pak Tu-Ik has praised the current side for its exploits in the FIFA World Cup™ and predicted that they will continue to produce surprising results.

The former striker, who was pivotal in his country's win over Italy in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, said the North Koreans had shown their mettle by putting up a dogged fight Tuesday against Brazil despite losing 2-1. "I never dreamt I would see a day like this. This is a big surprise. North Korean football will continue to shock the world," he said in Pyongyang this week, according to the website of the Chosun Sinbo newspaper.

"They displayed tight co-ordination, high skills and good teamwork to stage a close match against Brazil," he said. The match reminded him of taking part in the 1966 tournament in England, he said. "The score proves our team's strength. The world must have been shocked. Many countries became to recognise us anew," Pak said.

Korea DPR will get their chance to cause upsets against Portugal in Cape Town on Monday and Côte d'Ivoire in Nelspruit four days later.