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28-06-2011, 10:53 PM #1
North Korea blames loss to U.S. on players getting struck by lightning - Dirty Tackle - World Soccer*Blog - Yahoo! Sports
A couple of second half goals gave the U.S. a 2-0 win over North Korea and a strong start to their Women's World Cup run. The 8th ranked North Koreans have the youngest team in the tournament with an average age of 20. Still, their discipline and skill gave the U.S. a lot of trouble in the first half before controversial starter Lauren Cheney justified her selection by heading in the first goal in the 54th minute and defender Rachel Buehler scored a second in the 76th minute.
After the match, North Korea manager Kwang Min Kim shocked the congregated press by revealing that his side isn't just the youngest team, but they are also the only team in the tournament that's been struck by lightening.
From the BBC:
"When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning, and more than five of them were hospitalised," said coach Kim.
"Some stayed in hospital and then came to Germany later than the rest of us. The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected, and some midfielders as well. The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament.
"But World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don't want to think about anything but football.
"The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will."
If it is true, a lightning strike that injured four defenders and disrupted their training could explain why their back line seemed to fall apart in the second half after holding the U.S. scoreless in the first. But even if it's not true, it's still a tremendous excuse that others might now try in everyday life.
28-06-2011, 10:58 PM #2
LOL. "Why were you late?" "I got hit by lightning, just like that North Korea women's team!"
29-06-2011, 12:49 AM #3
HAHAHA that's great. I can add that to my excuses for being late to classes and work. Those freak Korean lightning storms are crazy!
29-06-2011, 02:39 AM #4
Thats no excuse... I'm pretty sure surviving a lightning strike makes you a super hero.
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29-06-2011, 06:56 PM #5
The comment section had this gem:
"We know the lightning story cannot be true because we all know from cartoons that you would have frizzy hair & your face would be black with a confused look."
Frizzy hair..confused look...HEY! I know that look!
29-06-2011, 08:36 PM #6
I like the lightning excuse but im gonna go with the fact that there whole team was between 16 - 20, and they were all about 100 pounds (soaking wet). Every time one of them had the ball someone from the USA would just jog on over and muscle them off the ball.