A North Korea defeat of Brazil in their World Cup match Tuesday would rank as one of the greatest upsets in sports history.Even though they threaten my home, cause troubles that spin my KRW cash into the toilet, and are just generally menacing to their own people and their neighbors, I'm rooting for North Korea to pull off one of history's "greatest upsets." It would be a nice change from just being most upsetting.
And North Korea Coach Kim Jong Hon believes it's possible.
"Regarding the match results, I can be very optimistic," he said through a translator at a news conference Monday. "Our players are very qualified."
North Korea is ranked 84th on the FIFA tables, the lowest in the tournament. Brazil is ranked first.
Brazil has won five championships, North Korea none. In fact, it hasn't played in the World Cup since 1966.
Brazil has 195 goals in World Cup history. North Korea has five.
Brazil, with stars like Kaka and Lucio, is the best-known team in the world. North Korea has just a handful of athletes who play on clubs outside their own country.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
North Korean upset against Brazil?
That's what the Wall Street Journal is preparing us for: