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1966 World Cup team now has Wikipedia articles October 2, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Asian soccer.
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Ri Chang Myung and his 1966 teammates now have Wikipedia articles.

Until recently, the only members of the 1966 team with their own articles were right winger Pak Doo Ik, captain Pak Seung Zin and manager Myung Rae Hyun. On Sept. 22, though, one Wikipedia user spent about an hour creating pages for the other 20 members of the team.

The user himself appears to have no special interest in North Korea. The articles themselves are pretty vague, listing only the players’ names and positions, along with the clubs they played for during the World Cup. The user also created articles for many other 1966 World Cup players for other nations. It’s still a positive development, in my eyes, as far as recognizing and understanding one of soccer’s most fascinating teams.

Strangely, the Korean-language Wikipedia page only has articles on six North Korean players (they’re linked at the bottom of this, the article about Pak Doo Ik). That is, one article for each Korean goalscorer in the tournament, plus one for each of the starting fullbacks against the Soviet Union and the Koreans’ outstanding goalkeeper Ri Chang Myung. This probably says something, but I don’t know what.

There’s definitely room for improvement, but I’m especially glad because finding this spurred me to watch “Game of Their Lives,” and English documentary on the team from 2002. It can be found below.

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