Extra! Korea

June 21, 2010

World Cup of Soccer: Portugal slaughters North Korea 7-0

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 1:42 pm


The game was indeed broadcast live in North Korea:

A commentator from [North] Korean Central TV expressed disappointment when Portugal scored its first goal 29 minutes into the first half, saying, “We should have been more aware of the forwards coming from the second line.” But he was hopeful of the equalizer that never came, adding, “If we play our own style of game, we will be able to score.”

It was not to be. Portugal fairly pounded the North Korean goal in the second half to finish 7-0, leaving the North Korean commentator speechless.

But north of the border, when the scoreline widened to 4-0, the football expert with Pyongyang’s Korean Central TV stopped commentating and the broadcast ended immediately after the final whistle, monitors in Seoul said.

Considering that North Korean propaganda stresses the genetic superiority of the pure-blooded Korean people (well documented by B.R.Myers), the psychological effect of this defeat must be similar to that of Jesse Owens’ victories at the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Nazi Germany. Then again, Owens’ gold medals didn’t convince Hitler to rethink his attitudes on race, so this soccer game might not change Koreans’ views on race, either.

People whose antecedents came from the jungle were primitive, Hitler said with a shrug; their physiques were stronger than those of civilized whites and hence should be excluded from future games.

Substitute Hitler and whites with Kim Jong-il and Asians, and you’re probably looking at what’s happening in Pyongyang right now.

North Koreans in Japan cheered on the North Korean team.

“I regret it,” Mun Sun-Ryong, 26, said after witnessing the rout. “But I have to say the fact that we, Koreans, got together like this means a lot. This is our real power. Not many ethnic groups in Japan can do the same.”

[ snip ]

Up to 100,000 of them are believed to be loyal to Pyongyang.

“I realised how great Koreans are just because so many got together here for this,” Lee Nami, an 18-year-old university student, said.

“I regret the result of today’s game, but the Koreans can unite like this when the chance comes.”

South Koreans in South Korea also cheered for them.

“One Korea!” they yelled, holding tickets reading “Viva one Korea, reds run together” in reference to the red strip which both teams normally sport.

Spectators waved “unification” flags — a blue silhouette of the entire peninsula on a white background.

“I think North Korea will win and I came here to cheer for them because they’re one of us,” said Jung Jae-Sun, a woman in her forties.

[ snip ]

“I think if you cheer together, Korea will be united quicker,” she said.

However …

Not everyone was happy at the overt show of support at the temple.

“I want North Korea to win but street cheering could be abused as propaganda to support its regime,” Park Sang-Hak, president of Fighters for Free North Korea, told the website of local newspaper the Herald Business before the game.

Some Internet users expressed reservations about cheering for the North when memories of the March sinking of a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, with the loss of 46 lives are still vivid.

[ snip ]

“You must restrain yourselves from cheering on North Korea, considering the agonised feelings of the relatives of the Cheonan victims,” one user wrote.

P.S. In my original post, when I said that I hoped that nobody would be “made to suffer because of this,” I meant “sent to the gulag,” as these unfortunate cheerleaders were.

Original Post:

In the World Cup of soccer, Portugal has just slaughtered North Korea by a score of 7-0. See minute-by-minute coverage here and here.

Of all the matches to be broadcast live in North Korea, this had to be the one. I hope that none of the players, or any of their family members, are made to suffer because of this.

If, for some reason, you’d like to re-watch this merciless massacre, you could try this Naver site.


  1. How is this being portrayed in NK? I also hope nothing bad happens to the NK players – I guess if we never hear from them again that will say something.

    Comment by TGV — June 21, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    • The players who are ethnic Koreans living in Japan (there are about three, including the captain, I believe) will probably be OK, but I don’t know about the rest.

      Comment by extrakorea — June 22, 2010 @ 9:15 am

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