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S. Korean men's football team embarks on journey to N. Korea for world cup qualifier Updated: 2019-10-14 10:12:12 KST

The South Korean national football team, who left for Beijing on Sunday, en route to Pyeongyang, were greeted by football fans prior to their departure from Incheon International Airport.
Korea Football Association officials, including KFA President Chung Mong-kyu, were also seen wearing the same jacket as the squad.
On the chest: South Korea's national flag, the Taegeukgi, on the back and in English "Korea Republic."
According to the KFA, the outfit was designed especially for the match in Pyeongyang, to emphasize the nation.
But for the players, winning the match is the only thing on their mind.

"It will be difficult. Artificial turf isn't easy. But we will cope and come back with a victory."

The match in Pyeongyang will be a unique experience for the players.
There will be no South Korean cheering squad, the teams will play on astroturf, and the South Korean players have to follow regulations related to the UN's sanctions on the regime.
They prohibit athletes from bringing mobile phones or tablet PCs into North Korea.
While swapping jerseys at the end of the match is tradition in the sport, since South Korea's kit is made by an American sporting brand, this, too, will be forbidden.
But some of the players welcome the restrictions.

"We can't even have books. I think it's good. Players will have more time to talk, and we see it as a positive."

Despite the match being the first of its kind in 29 years, football fans will not be able to watch the match live.
North Korea hasn't answered South Korea's calls to allow civilian spectators, journalists and broadcasting crew into the North Korean capital for the match.
Barring a dramatic last minute development, the South Korean national team will likely compete in a hostile environment with tens of thousands of North Korean supporters in the stands, but no South Korean fans.
With no live broadcast, fans in South Korea will have to follow the match via online commentary on the FIFA or Asian Football Confederation websites.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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