Pak Doo-ik

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Pak Doo-Ik (Hangul: 박두익; Hanja: 朴斗翼; born 17 March 1942) is a North Korean former footballer.

Pak Doo-Ik was born at Pyongyang. He represented North Korea at the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, scoring the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Italy at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough,[1] a game since featured in the film The Game of Their Lives by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon.[2]

After the victory, Pak, who was a corporal in the North Korean army, was promoted sergeant. After the championship, Pak left the military and football, and became a gymnastics instructor. An Italian urban legend that persisted for a long time in the press had it that Pak was a dentist.

During the 2008 Olympic torch relay in Pyongyang, he was the first to carry the Olympic torch through the streets.[3]


  1. ^ Pak Doo-IkFIFA competition record
  2. ^ Philip, Robert (2002-10-02). "Pak Doo Ik takes the spotlight once more". London: Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Pyongyang Torch Relay Passes Without Hitch". Chosun Ilbo. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2012.