How North Korea and Middlesbrough Became Unlikely Football Friends

How North Korea and Middlesbrough Became Unlikely Football Friends

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The story of Middlesbrough and North Korea’s unlikely friendship begins at Ayresome Park in 1966, when Pak Doo Ik’s winning goal secured the Asian minnows a place in the quarter-finals. There, a curiosity developed in the Middlesbrough locals, after initial disinterest in the team, and the lowest recorded match attendance in the tournament. What evolved over the games, however, was a connection that warmed the hearts of many and one that has continued into the 21st Century.

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