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North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

Posted on: June 28, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 9:58 pm
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

The United States Women's National Team opened its 2011 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over North Korea. That in itself is newsworthy, but sometimes its what happens before or after a match that turns out to be the real story. And according to North Korean coach Kim Kwang Min, that appears to be the case here. During the post-match presser Kim blamed his team's performance on … several players being struck by lightning earlier this month.

Guardian sportswriter John Ashdown tweets that Kim claimed the incident took place during a training match on June 8. As for what this means for the rest of the tournament, Kim said (through a translator) "They will play with high spirits and strong will, a strong will you cannot expect from human kind."

The official FIFA translation identified the "goalkeeper, four defenders and some midfielders" as those who were injured. Which explains … well, a lot. "The strength of our players not sufficient so our strategy could not be implemented," Kim said.

Kim's statements haven't yet been verified by FIFA but Ashdown tweets: "Obv can't say whether Kim was making it up or not, but makes sense in a way. Fitness levels not right because of disruption to preparation."

Generally speaking, fitness levels are the least of your worries if you've been exposed to a billion volts and 200 amperes of current.

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bessieball
Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:05 pm
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:23 am
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

You got beat. Quit making excuses.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:02 am
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

They shouldn't be practicing next to the nuclear reactor.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:23 am
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

This is too funny....hahahahaha..

Sealed



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:40 pm
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

Putting the players through electric shock torture isn't "lightning".  Sad, sad place North Korea is...



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:30 pm
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

Yep you need Voltage & Current or nothing goes a "coursing" with electrons without both.

I doubt lightening strike can cause a loss of a game months later. Maybe you have to read between theliens and see that he is blaming it on the refs.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:30 pm
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

Feel bad for this coach. The pressure from within N. Korea is immense and any failure could seriously ruin his life. I'm not saying that he's making this story up...it's certainly possible. But he's clearly trying to explain away the loss for those back home. The only good news is that at least these players get out of North Korea for a while. I wouldn't be at all surprised if some defected.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:54 pm
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

It can't be true, because Dear Leader would have tried to bomb the sky. Something tells me their coach is going to mysteriously disappear when the team gets back to North Korea. Not that anyone would know about it!



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:52 pm
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

It's cool we won, but it is also sad.  All those N. Korea players will be going to the gulags..



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 5:35 pm
 

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

I was wondering why some of their players had charred uniforms.


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