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 Korea DPR team lines up
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FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record 
Two-time and defending world champions Korea DPR enter the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as one of the competition’s most successful nations. Only USA, with three titles, have lifted the trophy on more occasions. Despite missing out on the first two editions in 2002 and 2004, Korea DPR took their debut campaign at Russia 2006 by storm by being crowned champions with a stunning 5-0 defeat of China PR in the final. They have since made it to the knockout stage in each of the past five tournaments. They notably recaptured the global title at Papua New Guinea 2016 following an imperious campaign which concluded with a 3-1 final victory against 2018 hosts France.

The road to France 
Korea DPR were highly impressive qualifying for France 2018. In fact, they proved unstoppable in the group stage of the eight-nation Asian qualifying tournament where they won all three matches in style, scoring 13 times without conceding a single goal. A comfortable 3-0 semi-final victory against Australia sealed their passage to France 2018, although they lost to Japan by a solitary goal in the ensuing tournament final.

The coach 
For the first time in history, the nation’s U-20 women’s team went through Asia's qualifying campaign under a foreign coach. Former Bundesliga defender Thomas Gerstner, whose 15-year career included spells at Wolfsburg and Arminia Bielefeld, assumed the reins in May 2017 just six months after the nation were crowned at Papua New Guinea 2016. The team may have narrowly lost to Japan in the Asian U-19 final but the progress they have made under Gerstner cannot be underestimated.

The stat 
1 - The number of goals Korea DPR conceded during their entire qualifying campaign.