Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The North Korean World Cup Soccer Team's Homecoming

"North Korea’s football team were subjected to a six-hour public reprimand by 400 sports students and officials for betraying 'the trust of Kim Jong-un' by losing all three of their World Cup matches," reports Joseph Yun Li-sun — Pyongyang: football team publicly humiliated for their losses at World Cup. "The team's two Japanese-born players, Jong Tae-se and An Yong-hak, were exempt from the session; they apparently flew directly to Japan."

"The reprimand especially focused on North Korea’s 0-7 rout at the hands of Portugal," we learn. (My wife told me local South Korean reports spoke of Portuguese fans criticizing their own team for trouncing North Korea, knowing well the fate that would await the players.)

"Afterwards, players criticised coach Kim," reports Mr. Yun. "According to rumours, the latter was expelled from the party and sent to work at a construction site in Pyongyang."

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Knowing that was hanging over their heads if they lost, does anyone blame them for having performed so badly?

(I really don't know what's worse: the physical torture the Iraqi football team were subjected to, or this emotional humiliation.)

If I were a really great athlete who lived in North Korea, I'd probably choose to work in construction rather than represent the country abroad. You know, Atlas Shrugged style.

But everyone else sounds too brainwashed to appreciate it . . . and well, if I lived in North Korea, I'd probably be brainwashed, too.

10:48 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Me, too: "if I lived in North Korea, I'd probably be brainwashed, too." God, what a horrible place!

10:51 PM  

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