April 24, 2024

A job like no other: Inside North Korea’s bid to recruit a German soccer coach

Gert Engels visited the DPRK to consider a job coaching the country’s best team, but authorities made it hard to leave

Last-minute venue changes, prompted by concerns over travel to North Korea, have complicated Olympic qualifying matches this week between the DPRK and Japan’s women’s soccer teams, underlining the challenges of engaging Pyongyang even in relatively non-sensitive areas like sports.

This is something that German soccer coach Gert Engels knows all too well from experience.

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