PYONGYANG, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) awarded its national soccer team for advancing to next year's World Cup finals, the official Rodong sinmun daily reported on Tuesday.
Among the award winners were Kim Jong-sik and Kim Jong-su, director and a vice director at the Commission of Physical Culture and Sports Guidance. They received a watch inscribed with the name of late President Kim Il-sung and merit citations of current leader Kim Jong-il, respectively, it said.
Head coach Kim Jong-hun and 15 others received honorary titles of "People's Sportsman" or "Merited Sportsman".
DPR Korea qualified for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa for the first time since 1966. In that World Cup in Britain, DPR Korea beat Italy on the way to the quarterfinals before losing to Portugal.