Smells like motherland spirit - Page 2

Centre Forward peeks inside North Korean sports culture

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"Raised in the bosom of the party": Centre Forward's players share a rare moment of glee
PHOTO COURTESY OF KORYO TOURS

Multiple sources reported the team and coach were "publicly rebuked" (some said for six hours) for their poor showing, and that the team was forced to "reprimand" their own coach, who was then quickly shunted into a laboring job (see above, re: "kingdom of sports.") Superstar striker Jong Tae-se — loyal to North Korea, but born in Japan, so he enjoys the decadent luxury of playing in Europe — was spared from this punishment. But what happened to the other players? If Centre Forward's "no pain-no gain" training philosophy at all resembles real life, I shudder to imagine.

CENTRE FORWARD

Thurs/30, 7:30 p.m., $6–$8

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission, SF

(415) 978-2787

www.ybca.org

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