Ri Myong-guk

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ri.
Ri Myong-Guk
Personal information
Full name Ri Myong-Guk
Date of birth (1986-09-09) September 9, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Pyongyang, North Korea
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Pyongyang City
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Pyongyang City
National team
2007– Korea DPR 38
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 24, 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ri Myong-Guk (Hanja: 李明國, Korean: 리명국, born 9 September 1986) is a North Korean international footballer, He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Pyongyang City in the DPR Korea League.

He played 15 matches in 2010 World Cup qualifying for Korea DPR, including keeping a clean sheet in the decisive final group game against Saudi Arabia. After the match, he stated "I felt like I was defending the gateway to my motherland".[1] His performances also saw him nominated for the 2009 Asian Footballer of the Year award. Ri was Korea DPR:s first choice in goal in FIFA World Cup 2010. He played all Korea DPR:s three World Cup matches including 7-0 loss to Portugal.[2]

Both his Father and Uncle were goalkeepers for the national team.[3]


  1. ^ Chadband, Ian (2009-10-15). "North Korea's draw with Congo gives world glimpse of secretive nation's football side". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  2. ^ "AFC player of the year 2009 nominees first list announced". Asian Football Confederation. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  3. ^ "A day in the life of North Korean footballer Ri Myong-guk". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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