The world has been captivated by the beautiful game for the last two weeks. I have written before about how this tournament unifies the world. Even the most isolated country in the world, North Korea has a participating team. Clearly this is a country that marches to the beat of their own drummer due to their isolationist political policies. As I have been watching the tournament I am fascinated to see how the North Korean team conducts itself. At first I was a little puzzled by the reports that the team is communicating with their home country with an invisible cell phone. http://abcnews.go.com/International/world-cup-2010-north-korean-coach-talks-kim/story?id=10931655
Ok I have to admit, that's a little strange. Then I saw this video.
That peaked my interest a little bit. Then I watched this episode of National Geographic Explorer. It's forty five minutes, but very interesting and worth the time.The point of these links is to show that North Korea is country that is completely different than anywhere else in the world. Despite all of these differences, North Korea share the common love of soccer and completion as the rest of the world. In fact, their last game was broad casted live, something unheard of in their Marxist political system. I present this as undeniable proof of the unifying power of this tournament and the beautiful game.