By Brendan Kent
In very few nations does politics become entangled with everything else so much as in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Political ideology manifests itself in film, music, cultural celebrations, and just about anything else the regime can control. So it should come as little surprise that North Korean political ideology has had an impact on soccer as well. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impact of politically driven on-field tactics in North Korea’s surprisingly successful run in the 1966 World Cup. This will involve historical analysis of common tactics at the time, as well as analysis of North Korea’s four matches in the World Cup. Through this, I intend to shed light on North Korean National Team tactics, their mechanism, and their impact.
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