South Korean skipper Park backs DPR Korea to impress the world

13:28, June 16, 2010      

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Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has backed World Cup underdogs DPR Korea to "surprise the world" in South Africa World Cup.

The 29-year-old South Korean captain believed DPR Korea could impress the world, even though they are not well-known.

"I want to see how they play against their world-class opponents. They are certainly in the 'group of death' but I am happy that both South Korea and DPR Korea are playing in the World Cup," said Park, who faced DPR Korea twice during the Asian qualifying. "I don't think they will lose all their three group matches."

DPR Korea reached the knockout stage on their only other World Cup finals appearance in 1966 and upset Italy in the group stage to surprise the world.

Being drawn in Group G alongside five-time winners Brazil, Portugal and the Cote d'Ivoire, the 105 ranked DPR Korea will begin their campaign in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Brazil on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua

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