North Korea is known for a lot of things but World Cup betting contender is not one of them. However, after watching an impressive showing against 5-time World Cup odds champion Brazil in its first game in an international soccer betting tournament in five decades there is reason to think that this team has a chance to string out its 2010 World Cup betting appearance for more than just the minimum 3 games.
Granted, North Korea will never be accused of playing the ‘Beautiful Game’, but style points aside, the North Koreans were very effective against the Samba football giants and played the favorite to in the World Cup odds to a 0-0 draw at halftime.
Obviously the Brazilians found their stride in the second half and won the match 2-1. But even with a loss the North Koreans still picked up a point which might be huge should they hold their next two opponents (Portugal and the Ivory Coast) scoreless in their upcoming World Cup betting matches.
It should also be noted that the Brazilian’s first goal, a screamer by superstar Maicon, may just go down as the best goal for the entire 2010 World Cup odds action when it’s all said and done. He launched a curler from the behind the net on the left that started left before curling back into the net from a seemingly impossible angle. If Maicon would have missed that incredible shot the game would have ended a 1-1 draw and North Korea would have been tied atop the World Cup betting standings in Group G with 1 point.
The North Koreans kept the game close by playing what most soccer betting fans consider an abominable game plan. The Korean squad plays with five men back with three protective midfielders also hanging back to defend. It may be ugly, but it’s effective and it’s very reminiscent of the game plan that tiny Greece employed in the 2004 Euro Cup betting action as they went on to grab the title over much more talented squads.
North Korea will not win this year’s World Cup betting title, but it could advance to the next round and make for some very interesting soccer betting opportunities.