Chinese 'volunteer army' arrive to back North Korea

Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:48pm GMT

"Sixty years on, we cheer for their football team and hope they will go far."

North Korea is likely to need the support.

Competing in their first World Cup since they reached the quarter-finals in 1966 in England, they have been drawn in Group G -- the toughest section containing five-times champions Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast.

But the North Koreans, the lowest-ranked team at the tournament, do have a reputation for fitness and strong defence and they have been training together for four months on a tour across three continents.

"There is a mystery story about North Korea so no one knows what to expect," Wang said.

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