» 06/11/2010, 00.00
ASIA – SOUTH AFRICA
2010 FIFA World Cup, many fighting words but few hopes for Asian teams
“With Brazil, we can make it,” says North Korea’s forward; however, bookmakers give North Korea, Japan and South Korea very few chances of winning. In parallel with the FIFA World Cup, Thailand organises its own world cup for prison inmates, whilst mainland China and Cambodia crack down on World Cup betting.
16/06/2010 KOREA – SOUTH AFRICA
2010 World Cup: Pyongyang proud of its heroes, defeated but not beaten by Brazil
State media celebrate the “fierce” performance of the North Korean team, who never lost faith. Jong Tae-se weeps when national anthem is played. South Korea challenges Argentina of Maradona and Messi tomorrow.
18/06/2010 KOREA – SOUTH AFRICA
Two North Korean players try to flee, perhaps punished
Two of four players (goalie Kim Myong-won, mid-fielders Kim Kyong-il and Pak Sung-hyok and striker An Chol-hyok) not on squad list are thought to have asked for political asylum in an African country. FIFA denies, claiming an error in list transcript. Next Monday, North Korea plays Portugal; its star player, Jong Tae-se, who wept at the sound of national anthem, has never lived in North Korea.
12/07/2010 ASIA – SOUTH AFRICA
World Cup 2010: Asia celebrates the ‘Red Fury’
The continent’s main newspapers give wide coverage to Spain’s one nil victory over the Netherlands. “Unprecedented celebrations” are recorded in Saudi Arabia, but Saudi paper criticises referees who could use 21st century technology. From Bangalore, fan criticises the Times of India for being too favourable to the Netherlands.
07/09/2006 SOUTH KOREA - ASIA
Seoul: Asian politicians' meeting starts tomorrow
The Conference for Asian Political Parties is taking place in the South Korean capital. Around 500 delegates from 40 Asian nations are expected to attend to discuss "poverty, peace and economic cooperation".
Women's football: After North defeats South, players dedicate song to Kim Jong-un (in the field)
At the East Asian Cup in Seoul, Pyongyang's team beats rivals 2 to 1. After the match, players gather in midfield to sing "praise and thanksgiving" to their country's dictator. South Korean fans still give them a round of applause after their victory.
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