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Latest update : 2010-06-15

North Korea will return to the World Cup for the first time since 1966 on Tuesday, when the tournament’s lowest-ranked team will try to cause an upset in their battle against five-time champions Brazil.

REUTERS - Secretive North Korea make a first return to the World Cup since 1966 on Tuesday but could hardly face a bigger challenge than five-times champions Brazil.

Hoping to recapture the form that famously took them to the quarter-finals in England back then, the ultra-defensive North Koreans have been training together for four months on a tour across three continents from Sri Lanka to Venezuela.

As with most aspects of their hermetic communist-run nation, mystery surrounds the tournament's lowest-ranked team.

The North Koreans do, however, have a reputation for fitness, speed on the break and defence at all costs.

That could be a worry for Brazil, who have developed solidity but lost some flair under coach Dunga, and even at home failed to breach the defensive walls of lowly Venezuela,
Colombia and Bolivia in World Cup qualifiers.

"Nobody talks about them but they play good football," said Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson of North Korea.

Date created : 2010-06-15

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