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North Korea can shock Brazil, suggests ‘Asia’s Wayne Rooney’

| 09.06.2010

Of course, when everyone saw the World Cup draw for the Group of Death, much of the focus was on the presence of Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast, with few gasps saved for the people of North Korea.

North Korea have only qualified for one previous World Cup, back in 1966, when they were equally unfancied, considered to be 1000/1 outsiders.

And yet they managed to beat Italy (who had won the World Cup on two occasions) 1-0 in the group stages, and made it all the way to the quarter finals, which they led 3-0, before a Eusebio-inspired Portugal came back to win 5-3.

Speaking with regard to their opening match against the Brazilians, North Korea’s main man Jong Tae-se – also known as “Asia’s Wayne Rooney” – tipped his team to produce a shocking win.

“The game will be very difficult for us but we will win against Brazil,” Tae-se said.

“Everybody thinks we can’t win that game, but we have brave hearts, strong spirits and that can help us make a miracle.”

Luckily for Jong Tae-se, the World Cup is known for its miracles, and previous first round upsets have found the likes of West Germany (1982), Argentina (1990), Italy (1994), and France (2002) all on the receiving end of an unlikely loss.

Unlikely, but you can find odds of 25/1 to produce what would be one of the biggest upsets in football history. See the full Brazil vs North Korea market.



Ed Needham