Jo Tong-sop

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jo Tong-sop
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-05-01) 1 May 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Pyongyang, North Korea
Playing position Coach
Club information
Current team
North Korea (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
2005 North Korea U17
2006–2007 North Korea U20
2007 North Korea U23
2008–2010 North Korea (assistant)
2010– North Korea
Jo Tong-sop
Chosŏn'gŭl 조동섭
Revised Romanization Jo Dongseop
McCune–Reischauer Cho Tongsŏp
This is a Korean name; the family name is Jo.

Jo Tong-sop (born May 1, 1959)[1][2] is the current head coach of the North Korea national football team,[3] who replaced the former coach Kim Jong-hun, who led the team to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Jo Tong-sop was a player before becoming a coach. He was part of the North Korean team that won the 1986 King's Cup against Aarhus Gymnastikforening.[4] His playing career lasted 20 years before he retired.

Coaching career[edit]

Jo Tong-sop was the coach of the national youth team and an assistant coach to the 2010 World Cup national team.[5] He led the North Korean national youth football team to victory in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship for their third title. As assistant coach to the national team he won the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup which let North Korea qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup. During the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup he attributed North Korea's draw to Turkmenistan to the high temperature.[6] His first game as coach of the national team was a loss to the Kuwait national team during a friendly game in Egypt. His first victory with the team was a 1-0 win against Qatar in Doha. He coached the national team during the 2011 Asian Cup, and the first game ended in a draw against the UAE national team. Later in the cup, North Korea lost to Iran and Iraq. He also led North Korea at 2015 AFC Asian Cup and they were eliminated again in group stages after three loses against Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and China.


  1. ^ "List of National Football Team Made Public". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Yahoo! Eurosport UK Profile". Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  3. ^ " - Korea DPR on". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Meet the coach: Jo Tong-sop". Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jo Tong-Sop to become North Korea national team manager". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Korea DPR Assistant Coach Jo Tong-sop Blames Weather For Draw With Turkmenistan". Retrieved 2 January 2011.