North Korea has qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1966, by drawing with Saudi Arabia (a relative oasis of freedom). At their last World Cup outing North Korea famously beat Italy before going out in the quarter finals to Portugal after being three goals up at one point.
Usually when a minnow puts in a great performance like that the team is feted and they usually get some kind of official recognition. This isn't how it works in North Korea though, according to Kang Chol-hwan's "The Aquariums Of Pyongyang". when the team got back most of them were promptly sent to the concentration camps because their defeat to Portugal was put down to the teams decadent capitalist late night celebrations after beating Italy.
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