6 overseas players on North’s 30-man rosterThe North Korean national football team announced its preliminary 30-man roster. According to the North Korean Football Association, a total of six overseas-based players have been selected to the team.
Forward Jong Tae-se of Kawasaki Frontale is among three Japan-born ethnic Koreans on the squad. Midfielders Ahn Yong-hak of Omiya Ardija and Ryang Yong-gi of Velgalta Sendai are the others.
Other notables include Hong Young-jo of Russia FC Rostov, Kim Yong-jun of China’s Chengdu Blades and Kim Kuk-jin of Switzerland’s second-tier squad FC Wil.
The team also includes plenty of young players, as 11 players who participated in the 2007 U-20 World Cup have been called up.
North Korea has been holding an overseas training camp in Switzerland since May 8 and will play Paraguay, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Greece. North Korea is grouped with Brazil, Paraguay and Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup.