North Korea took a step into the 21st century and decided to broadcast the match against Portugal live for the entire nation to see. In a country that has state run, sponsored, and monitor television, this move is unprecedented. The pride that is felt throughout the country is incredible, so much so that the idea of having a “live” broadcast makes worldwide news.
Here’s how crazy the commies are:
- Kim and his totalitarian leadership allow only one state-run TV channel, ban shortwave foreign radio broadcasts and restrict outside Internet access to the elite
- In the past, only snippets of World Cup games were shown, sometimes weeks later.
- In 2002 and 2006, a South Korean broadcaster relayed live video as part of reconciliation efforts with the wartime rival, but North Korea chose to show only tape-delayed parts of matches.
- The broadcast was the first North Korean overseas match to air live back home
The national pride in this team swelled so much that they were willing to broadcast this match (through a South Korean signal) live for all to see.
“State TV made no attempt to conceal scenes of the crowd and sponsors’ ads plastered around the stadium.” Pure craziness!!
Quote from a family member of the North Korean squad, “Watching the game live, I felt like I was in South Africa myself,” and that and seeing the outside world made him feel like Alice chasing the white rabbit.
At least they didn’t go overboard and let John Harkes do the color commentary. They chose instead to let their own wit and charm take over, example:
“Our defenders didn’t see him unexpectedly coming out from behind,” the state TV commentator said. “They should have more awareness about those coming from behind.”
Amen brother. Sounds like an important life lesson as well. Maybe he is better than Harkes.
After the pure destruction of the North Korean squad, and them knowing that their nation was watching live in this historical broadcast, I think the line up may be a little thin come Friday, and South Africa may just have increased their Korean population from 0 to 23 if you follow me.