North Korea is no soccer powerhouse but was home to one of the great and unrecognized minds of the sport, Kim Jong-il. Unfortunately the ‘Glorious General Who Descended From Heaven’ could not keep his men’s or women’s teams from being dumped out of their respected World Cups after the group stage in South Africa in 2010 or Germany 2011.
Despite being out to the public eye, Kim was able to correspond with the North Korean men’s coach in South Africa during the tournament via invisible telephone technology.
"I get regular information ... using mobile phones not visible to the naked eye," men’s coach Kim Jong-Hun told ESPN from South Africa.
Well the additional coaching tips from the ‘Ever-Victorious Iron-Willed Commander’ did not help much as the team was in the Group of Death along with Brazil, Portugal, and Ivory Coast and gave up 12 ‘lucky’ goals on their way to a quick return to the motherland.
And Kim was back at it in Germany with the women’s team and slightly better results as the side took 1 point from a 0-0 draw with Colombia on the final group matchday after both teams were eliminated.
The poor performance was not the ‘Dear Leaders’ fault, however, as the team had been struck by lighting ahead of the tournament and how could he have known about the player steroid usage.
Managers around the globe are surely pleased to know they will not have to face the tactics of the ‘Generalissimo’ but don’t be surprised if Jose Mourinho does not pop up in Pyongyang looking for that invisible mobile phone technology.
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