Kim Jong-il Gamble Backfires Disastrously

The North Korean people were given a real treat earlier today, as their glorious leader Kim Jong-il, decided that for the first time in 44 years, the North Koreans could watch their soccer team play a World Cup game on live television.

His decision to be so generous was inspired by their first round game against the top ranked Brazilians. Although they are ranked 105th in the world, the North Korean team gave a spirited and energetic performance in their 2-1 loss to the mighty samba kings. So, today’s game, against the lesser ranked, but highly skilled Portuguese, was seen by the soccer savvy dictator as a walkover for his robotic team. Portugal crushed them 7-0. They play the Ivory Coast next. South Africa must be looking very fine to those who promised victory.

I’m thinking, political asylum.

Portuguese hunk Cristiano Ronaldo had such an easy day against North Korea he decided pose for the crowd.


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8 Responses to Kim Jong-il Gamble Backfires Disastrously

  1. S.W. Anderson

    June 22, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Takes me back to Cold War days, when for a large portion of the world, sports carried political implications, and losers from some quarters had more to worry about than just agony of defeat on the field of play.

    • Holte Ender

      June 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

      Dead right S.W. the Olympics were a battle between the USA and the Soviet Union plus it’s Eastern Bloc cohorts. In the last Olympics in Beijing it was China versus the USA. Sport plays a big part in politics, even here.

  2. Krell

    June 22, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Wasn’t there a soccer player that got executed because of poor play when he got back to his country?

    • Holte Ender

      June 22, 2010 at 7:59 am

      During the 1994 World Cup, when it was held in the USA, Team America played Columbia and eliminated them thanks to a disastrous own goal by a Colombian player named Escobar, on his return he was assassinated by the drug/gambling cartels. He cost them millions.

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  4. Randal Graves

    June 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

    It’s plainly obvious that the North Korean coach ignored the tactical dictates of Dear Leader. That is why they lost.

    • Holte Ender

      June 22, 2010 at 11:59 am

      I know when I was coaching in NW Missouri in the 80s, I never listened to Ronald Reagan.

  5. fourdinners

    June 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Watched the game in the hospital as The Dragon was fed through a scanner (which, sadly, determined that sge is still alive).

    Close 1st half at 1 – 0 but what a second half!!!! Makes the World Cup worth the watching.