An interview given by Sven-Göran Eriksson, a veteran Swedish coach who has worked for Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Lazio, the England national team, Manchester City and other teams in Europe and Asia. BBCThe UK portal revealed that North Korea tried to lobby for a draw for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to be ‘light’ for the Asian country.
In the report, Eriksson said of his visit to the country: “The representatives of North Korea knew I was on the FIFA committee and they contacted me for help. I thought they wanted some balls, cleats or something like that, But then they asked me for an easy draw. I had to tell them that I can’t guarantee it and nobody can do that. And besides being impossible, it’s illegal. The most incredible thing is that they didn’t believe me. and only thought that I did not accept the offer.”
At the World Cup in South Africa, North Korea finished in Group G along with Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast. The Asians finished fourth in the group’s leaderboard, losing three matches played and a resounding 7–0 loss to the Portuguese national team, thanks to goals scored by Leidson and Cristiano Ronaldo, among other teammates. with.
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In the match against the Brazilian team, Canarinho won 2–1. In the 44th minute of the second half of the match, Macon and Elano scored for Brazil, while North Korean left-back Ji Eun-nam scored.