April 25 SC

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April 25 Sports Club (Korean: 4.25체육단, Sa i o ch'eyuktan), or 4.25 SC for short, or sometimes "April 25 National Defence Sports Club" (4.25'국방체육단', Sa i o ch'eyuktan "Kukpang ch'eyuktan"), is a multi-sports club in North Korea based in P'yŏngyang, primarily known outside of North Korea for its men's and women's football teams. The club belongs to the Ministry of People's Armed Forces;[1] all members of the professional teams (male and female) are considered officers of the Army.

April 25
April 25 Sports Club Crest(2018).png
4.25 Sports Club Crest (2018)
Full nameApril 25 Sports Club
FoundedMarch 1947; 73 years ago (1947-03) or July 1949; 71 years ago (1949-07)
as Central Sports Training School Sports Club
GroundHome stadium is unclear
Based in Pyongyang
ChairmanRi Mun-sŏng
ManagerO Yun-son
LeagueDPR Korea Premier Football League
2018–19Champions
April 25 SC
Chosŏn'gŭl
Hancha
Revised RomanizationSa io cheyukdan
McCune–ReischauerSa io ch'eyuktan

HistoryEdit

The club was established in March 1947[2]or July 1949[3] as the Central Sports Training School Sports Club (중앙체육강습소체육단, Chung'ang ch'eyukkangsŭpso ch'eyukdan).

On June 25, 1971[4][5]or June 26, 1972[6], the club name was changed to its current name; Kim Il-sung's anti-Japanese guerilla army - Joseon People's Revolutionary Army, considered the predecessor of the Korean People's Army, was formed on April 25, 1932.[7] (Until 1977, original KPA's official date of establishment was February 8, 1948. But In 1978, changed to April 25, 1932 and In 2018, date of establishment was back to February 8, 1948.)[8][9]

The men's football team plays in the DPR Korea Premier Football League, and is the most successful club side in the country, having won 22 national championships.[10] April 25's home stadium is the Yanggakdo Stadium, but in international club competition, home matches are usually played at the Kim Il-sung Stadium. In 2015, April 25 achieved an uncommon feat, with both the men's and women's clubs winning their respective national championships.[11]

Confusion with February 8 Sports ClubEdit

February 8 Sports Club and April 25 Sports Club are similar in many ways.

In conclusion, North Korean Ministry of People's Armed Forces are operating both sports clubs separately.[12][13] In 2017 Paektusan Prize and Mangyongdae Prize, April 25 Sports Club won and February 8 Sports Club hold the second place.[14]

RivalriesEdit

April 25's primary rival is Amnokgang. Amnokgang belongs to the Ministry of People's Security, and the professional rivalry between the Military and the Police carries over onto the sports field. There is also a strong rivalry with Pyongyang, known as "the Pyongyang Derby".

Current squadEdit

As of February 20, 2018[15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Ri Kwang-Il
2   DF Jang Kum-nam
3   DF Ri Hyong-mu
4   MF Sim Hyon-jin
5   DF Pak Jin-myong
6   DF Kwon Chung-hyok
7   MF O Hyok-chol
8   MF Han Song-hyok
9   MF Kim Jong-chol
10   FW An Il-bom
11   FW Om Chol-song
12   DF Kim Chol-bom
13   FW Rim Chol-min
14   DF Son Pyong-il
15   MF Won Song
16   MF Yun Il-gwang
17   FW Kim Ju-song
No. Position Player
18   FW Kim Yu-song
19   MF So Hyon-uk
20   MF So Kyong-jin
21   FW Jang Hyok
22   MF Ri Hyong-jin
23   GK An Tae-song
24   MF Choe Jong-hyok
26   DF Pak Myong-song
27   MF Myong Cha-hyon
28   MF Kim Kuk-bom
29   DF Pak Song-rok
30   DF An Song-il
31   DF Kim Kwang-jin
32   GK Chol-Ryong Son
33   MF Jong Chung-son
36   GK Ha Jin-myong

Continental historyEdit

Season[16] Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1985–86[17] Asian Club Championship Qualifying Tournament
East Asia 1
  Seiko 4–1 1–2 2nd
  Liaoning 3–1 0–0
1986[18] Asian Club Championship First Round Group 7   Liaoning 0–0 0–1 0–1
1987[19] Asian Club Championship Qualifying Round
Group 5
  August 1 0–2 3rd
  Hap Kuan 2–1
1988–89[20] Asian Club Championship Qualifying Round
Group 6
  South China 3–0 1st
  Wa Seng 4–0
  Guangdong Wanbao 1–0
  Yamaha Motors 3–1
Semi Final League
Group B
  Mohammedan 0–1 3rd
  Al-Sadd 1–2
  Al-Ettifaq 1–1
  Pahang FA 2–0
1990–91[21] Asian Club Championship Qualifying Round
Group 7
  Nissan Yokohama 1–0 1st
  Liaoning 1–0
Group B   Esteghlal Tehran 1–2 2nd
  Mohammedan 0–0
  Bangkok Bank 4–3
Semi Final   Liaoning 0–3
Third Place   Pelita Jaya 2–2 (6–7 pen.) Fourth Place
1991[22] Asian Club Championship Group B   Al-Hilal 0–2 3rd
  Esteghlal Tehran 1–1
2017[23] AFC Cup Group I   Erchim 6–0 5–0 1st
  Kigwancha 2–2 1–1
Inter-Zone Play-off Semi Final   Bengaluru FC 0–0 0–3 0–3
2018 AFC Cup Group I   Hwaebul SC 1–0 2–0 1st
  Hang Yuen 5–1 5–1
  Benfica de Macau 8–0 2–0
Inter-Zone Play-off Semi Final   Home United 9–1 2–0 11–1
Inter-Zone Play-off Final   Altyn Asyr 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
2019 AFC Cup Group I   Hang Yuen 5–0 0–3 1st
  Kitchee 2–0 1–0
  Tai Po 4–0 1–3
Inter-Zone Play-off Semi Final   Dhaka Abahani 2–0 3–4 5–4
Inter-Zone Play-off Final   Hà Nội 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
Final   Al-Ahed 0–1

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

ContinentalEdit

AFC clubs rankingEdit

As of December 4, 2017.[24]
Rank Team
127   Warriors FC
128   FC Dordoi
129   April 25
130   Than Quảng Ninh
131   Salam Zgharta

Women's footballEdit

 
Jang Il-ok playing in April 25 Sports Club attire at the 2007 Military World Games

April 25's women's football team is one of the strongest women's football teams in North Korea; they have become national champions at least six times, in 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015.[11][25]

Other sportsEdit

In addition to football, April 25 participates in dozens of different sports, including athletics, ice hockey, basketball, volleyball, and handball.[26]

BasketballEdit

April 25 has fielded a basketball team. In May 2015, they came to Mongolia to assist in training the Mongolian national team as preparation of the latter's campaign at the 2013 East Asian Basketball Championship.[27]

Ice hockeyEdit

April 25's ice hockey team won the national championship in 1989.[28]

VolleyballEdit

April 25 has both women's and men's volleyball teams.[29][30] April 25 participated at the 2015 VTV International Women's Volleyball Cup, an invitational tournament in Vietnam. The North Korean club won the bronze medal defeating Vietnamese side, VTV Bình Điền Long An. Their player, Jong Jin Sim was named Most Value Player of the tournament.[29]

AchievementsEdit

Champions - 2015
Champions - 2008
Third place - 2015

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Watts, Jonathan (June 20, 2010). "World Cup 2010: Why North Korea are in a league of their own". The Guardian. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  2. ^ 사이오체육단(四二五體育團)
  3. ^ 체육선수단
  4. ^ [Most South Korean press reported that On June 25, 1971, club name was changed to April 25 Sports Club
  5. ^ 4.25체육단
  6. ^ "On the Tasks Facing the April 25 Sports Team" (PDF). korea-dpr.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "A Few Facts on North Korea's Army Day - 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea". 38north.org. February 1, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  8. ^ 金正日(김정일)권력승계 큰 變數(변수) 「軍部(군부)장악」유난히 강조
  9. ^ 건군절 변천사와 김정은의 고뇌
  10. ^ "North Korea - List of Champions". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Newstream - KCNA Watch". kcnawatch.co. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  12. ^ 미달때 北韓(북한)에선 大學(대학)입학·軍(군)입대 보류
  13. ^ <北韓의 實相>...(39) 체육
  14. ^ The Chosun Jørn: Can Jørn Andersen Make Sense of North Korean Football?
  15. ^ "The AFC". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Decision by Competitions Committee & Executive Committee for AFC Club Competitions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
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  21. ^ "Asian Club Competitions 1990/91". rsssf.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
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  24. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2nd July 2017 )". globalfootballranks.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
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  26. ^ Ri Sung Ik (November 2, 2017). "National Championships top annual sporting calendar off with new records". The Pyongyang Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  27. ^ "North Korean "April 25" Basketball Team to assist Mongolia's national team". infoMongolia.com. May 7, 2013. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  28. ^ Müller, Stephan (2005). International Ice Hockey Encyclopedia 1904-2005. Germany: Books on Demand. p. 485.
  29. ^ a b Hoang Quynh (March 31, 2015). "North Korea's 4.25 dethrones Lien Viet at volleyball championship". Thanh Nien News. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  30. ^ "Winners of "Spring Best" Open Volleyball Tournament". infoMongolia.com. March 3, 2013. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2015.

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