North Korea a tournament dark horse

September 9, 2007
By Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea rarely allows its less-than-average men's soccer team to participate in international tournaments. The secretive Stalinist state has no such qualms about its high-performing women.

Although the men are ranked No. 127 and didn't enter the recent Asian Cup, the women are No. 5 and have a chance of winning the fifth edition of the Women's World Cup, which opens Monday in Shanghai.

North Korea has been crowned champions of Asia in 2001 ...

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