Match Preview: North Korea vs. USA

July 26th, 2012
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As North Korea prepare for their Olympic football match against the United States (women’s match scheduled for 5pm GMT, 31 July), Gerard Clare of NK News takes a closer look at the DPRK squad and their route to the big game. Will politics influence discussion around the matchup, or will conflict truly be set aside

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Gerard Clare

Gerard Clare is a research student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, specialising in issues of regionalism and centre-periphery relations in the Russian Far East, including how citizens on the periphery can identify with central representations of what it means to be Russian, and in what ways these representations may conflict with regional identities. His knowledge extends through to Russia-DPRK relations in the post-Soviet era, with particular focus on engagement, expectations and wider themes around energy and security. He has previously completed both his undergraduate degree in Central and East European Studies in 2011, and his MSc in Russian, Central and East European studies in 2012, at the University of Glasgow. He has contributed a number of articles to NKNews since 2011, looking at Russia-DPRK relations, Six-Party Talks and even football within the DPRK.

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  • http://twitter.com/roger_cavazos Roger Cavazos 金大健

    As MacArthur said, “On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days, on other fields will bear the fruits of victory.”
    Or let’s kick ass in a sport event as a very cheap surrogate for a land war in Asia.

    It’s personal this time…

    Seriously, as a spectator nursing various brews of choice and setting aside various aspects of nationalism, I’m looking forward to a game played from the heart.

    • http://twitter.com/stakhanovite Gerard Clare

      I think you’re right about the game itself, it should be a good one with a few goals. Should be interesting to see whether the match gets broadcast live in the DPRK.