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May 13, 2010

North Korea name 23-man squad

North Korea have named a 23-man squad for their World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Kim Jong-Hun
GettyImagesCoach Kim Jong-Hun has named his 23-man squad

FIFA issued the preliminary squads for all 32 participating nations on Thursday morning following Tuesday's deadline, thus revealing the North Korea line-up.

Just three players ply their trade outside North Korea, a secretive communist state which has tight controls on information - An Yong-Hak and Jong Tae-Se, who play in Japan for Omiya Ardija and Kawasaki Frontale respectively, and Hong Yong-Jo, who plays for FK Rostov in Russia.

North Korea will meet Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal in Group G. Their first match is at Johannesburg's Ellis Park against five-time winners Brazil on June 15.

Squad: Kim Myong-gil, Kim Myong-won (both Amrokgang), Ri Myong-guk (Pyongyang City); An Chol-hyok (Rimyongsu), An Yong-hak (Omiya Ardija), Cha Jong-hyok (Amrokgang), Choe Kum-chol (April 25), Hong Yong-jo (FK Rostov), Ji Yun-nam (April 25), Jong Tae-se (Kawasaki Frontale), Kim Hum-il (April 25), Kim Kyong-il (Rimyongsu), Kim Yong-jun (Pyongyang City), Mun In-guk, Nam Song-chol (both April 25), Pak Chol-jin (Amrokgang), Pak Nam-chol (April 25), Pak Nam-chol (Amrokgang), Pak Sung-hyok (Sobaeksu), Ri Chol-myong (Pyongyang City), Ri Jun-il (Sobaeksu), Ri Kwang-chon (April 25), Ri Kwang-hyok (Kyonggongop).