“Kim Myong-won was put on the DRPK’s final 23-man roster, as the third goalie. North Korea had better hope their first two stay healthy, because Kim isn’t actually a goalie. He’s a striker, who the defensive-minded Chollima were counting on to provide a little extra offense. They apparently listed him without first consulting with FIFA to see if that was legal.”
It wasn’t, as FIFA announced today:
The squad lists that the teams had provided to Fifa by 1 June 2010 are final and can no longer be changed. On the final lists must be no more than 23 players, three of whom shall be goalkeepers.
“The three players listed as goalkeepers can only play as goalkeepers during the World Cup and cannot play outfield. This will be communicated to the teams in the team arrival meetings and will be enforced on match days.
“Kim Myong-won will not be allowed to play as an outfield player if he has been put on the list as a goalkeeper.”
Seriously who does North Korea think they are? Some sort of real world super power? Sinking submarines, violating human rights, taking international prisoners, faking World Cup rosters? I’m not one to advocate violence, but I think FIFA should mandate a soccer assination by Brazil and demand that North Korea be soccer bombed back to there country, anything less then a 10-0 win should not be allowed.
Freaking North Korea!
June 3rd, 2010 at 11:18 am
And this is why the World Cup will be filled with suspense and drama . Never mind the moments of sheer inanity and stupidity on the part of a number of teams .
June 3rd, 2010 at 9:36 pm
This is the same team who claimed they were poisoned during a qualification match against South Korea. I’m kind of glad they’re here just to see what sort of stuff they come up with next. Imagine the excuses when they get pounded by all three of their fellow group members.