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North Korea To Open Football Schools Across The Country

by Hayden Thomas / Jan 19, 2017 05:11 AM EST
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North Korea plans to open soccer schools across the country to promote the popularity and development of the sport, North Korean daily Rodong Sinmun reported on Wednesday. Kim Jong-un urged the sports authorities to open football schools in the nine North Korean provinces and support development programs to find prodigies of the sport.

The North Korean Daily stressed that the good results of the International School of Pyongyang, launched in 2013 for children between 9 and 15 years, led the North Korean authorities to expand their bet this good sport of football.

In search of "myths" of the sport

The North Koreans are happier when they see their national team triumph, according to the article picked up by the South Korean agency Yonhap, who also emphasizes that football would help the country to become a sports power.

North Korea announced last August that it would launch a football development plan to increase the country's competitiveness and create "myths" of the sports king in its male and female categories. North Korea has decided that it cannot shirk aside sports as a mental activity for children and now considers it an important and an essential part of its educational curriculum for young kids and students.

The women's team, a world power

The North Korean women's team, ranked 10th in FIFA, rose to the U-17 and U-20 World Cups in 2016, although their absolute selection was disqualified from the last World Cup in 2015. Several cases of doping and failed to qualify for Rio 2016.

As for the men's squad, he is ranked 125th by FIFA and managed to play the final phase of the 2010 World Cup, where he was eliminated in the first round, but was out in qualifying for Brazil 2014 and also for the Olympic Games of London 2012 and Rio 2016.

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