World Cup Memories #6: 1966 North Korea Humble Italy

Think of the country North Korea, or you prefer the ironically titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and you will instantly be greeted with mental images of their despotic tyrant of a leader Kim Jong-il. So why not instead replace those thoughts with the incredible performance put in by the North Koreans at the 1966 World Cup where the relative unknowns managed to progress through a tough group that included the Soviet Union, Italy and Chile. In the knockout stages they incredibly took a three goal lead within the first 25 minutes against Euesbio’s Portugal, only to be beaten 5-3 at Goodison Park. Here is the nation’s defining achievement of the tournament as they valiantly defeated Italy at Ayresome Park.

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