Friday, August 05, 2005

Pyongyang to enter side in K-League?

Kwak Jung-hwan, president of the Korean Professional Football League, reportedly told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday that an agreement had been reached with North Korea to allow a football team from the North to compete in South Korea's professional K-League. Mr. Kwak said the agreement was reached after months of negotiations between Pyongyang and owners of the 13 professional teams in South Korea.

The Pyongyang-based team will be made up of players drawn from current teams active in North Korea and will be able to play both home and away matches. Some games may be played in other cities in North Korea beside Pyongyang.

If the Pyongyang team participates, the K-League will increase to 15 teams from the current 13, counting the new team from South Gyeongsang province that plans on joining next year.

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