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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Korea DPR are indelibly linked to the FIFA World Cup™ thanks to the exploits of their 1966 team. North Korea became one of the original giant-killers with a famous win over Italy in England, and then fell just shy of an unthinkable appearance in the semi-finals. Their only other appearance on world football’s greatest stage was in 2010 when they ground their way through a tough qualifying campaign to reach South Africa. There they turned in a heroic effort in the opener against Brazil in succumbing to a 2-1 loss, only to crash to hefty defeats against Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire. Elimination in Russia 2018 qualifying after missing out on of the best runners-up spots means they will not be able to add to that history.