Choe Kum-Chol: North Korea’s super-sub
Born: Feb 9, 1987, in Pyongyang, North Korea
Clubs played for: The 23-year-old plays for Rimyongsu Sports Group, one of North Korean soccer’s leading youth academies, which has groomed talent for both the 2005 Under-17 World Cup and the 2007 Under-20 World Cup.
International career: Since 2007, Choe Kum-Chol has appeared for the Choilima 18 times and has an impressive scoring record with six goals; two came during 2010 World Cup qualifying.
Why is he so special? Usually appearing from the bench, Choe Kum-Chol injects more energy into the North Korean machine. Certainly, North Korea will spend much of its time fending off incessant attacks, but this striker provides the explosiveness that should worry even the most confident opponent.
His most famous moment: Choe Kum-Chol scored two goals during World Cup qualifying — one against the United Arab Emirates, which was the opening tally in an important 2-1 win.
Here is an interesting fact: Choe Kum-Chol’s goal against the UAE came in his only start in the final phase of Asian World Cup qualifying.