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A World Cup qualifier like no other kicks off in Pyongyang on Tuesday, with pretty much the entire world shut out of the event.
Paulo Bento says South Korea are suitably prepared for their rare clash with North Korea.
North and South Korea face each other in a World Cup qualifier this week for their first ever competitive men's match in Pyongyang, while talks on the North's nuclear arsenal remain deadlocked.
North and South Korea will face off in politically-charged World Cup qualifiers after being drawn in the same group Wednesday, while arch-rivals Iran and Iraq will also meet.
Juan Antonio Pizzi has told Saudi Arabia to forget about the country's past Asian Cup successes, adamant it is meaningless on the pitch.
Beanpole striker Kim Shin-Wook fired a quick-fire double as South Korea thrashed fierce rivals Japan 4-1 to capture a fourth East Asian championship title in Tokyo on Saturday.
City slicker Jose Mourinho famously lives in a plush Manchester hotel, but he has nothing on North Korea coach Jorn Andersen -- he has a suite in Pyongyang.
North Korea will not be entitled to any prize money at this month's East Asian football championships due to economic sanctions imposed on Pyongyang, tournament organisers have said.
North Korea's Asian Cup football qualifier with Malaysia was postponed for a third time on Thursday after Malaysia imposed a ban on travel to the country, citing rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.
An Asian Cup qualifying match between Malaysia and North Korea that was delayed by a row over the murder of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother will be played in Pyongyang, officials said Wednesday.
An Asian Cup qualifier between North Korea and Malaysia will be played in Pyongyang, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Monday, despite strained ties over an assassination in Kuala Lumpur.
An Asian Cup qualifier between Malaysia and North Korea which was postponed after their diplomatic ties soured will now be held on June 8, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Wednesday.