April 25 Sports Club

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Full name April 25 Sports Club
4.25체육단
Nickname(s) 425 (사이오), 4.25 (사점이오)
Founded July 1949 (67 years ago) (1949-07)
Ground Yanggakdo Stadium, Pyongyang
Ground Capacity 30,000
League DPR Korea League
2016 1st (Hwaeppul Cup)

April 25 Sports Club (Chosŏn'gŭl: 4.25체육단; Hanja: 4.25體育團) or April 25 Sports Team, known as 4.25 or April Twenty-Five is a multi-sports club in North Korea.

April 25 Sports Club has one of the most successful football clubs in the country with over 10 wins in the DPR Korea League Cup. The club's name of April 25 comes from Military Foundation Day and the club belongs to the Korean People's Army.[1]

April 25 Sports Club's rival is Pyongyang City Sports Club.

Football[edit]

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

Achievements[edit]

1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
2001, 2006, 2011

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Asian Club Championship[edit]

  • 1987 – Qualifying stage
  • 1988 – Qualifying stage
  • 1989 – Group stage
  • 1991 – Fourth place
  • 1992 – Group stage

Asia record[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 March 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 North Korea GK Ri Kang
2 North Korea DF Ri Hyong-mu
3 North Korea DF Kim Chol-bom
4 North Korea DF Pak Jin-myong
5 North Korea DF Kwon Chung-hyok
6 North Korea MF Myong Cha-hyon
7 North Korea MF O Hyok-chol
8 North Korea MF Han Song-hyok
9 North Korea MF Kim Jong-chul
10 North Korea MF An Il-bom
No. Position Player
11 North Korea FW Om Chol-song
12 North Korea FW Rim Chol-min
13 North Korea DF Son Phyong-il
14 North Korea MF Won Song
15 North Korea MF So Kyong-jin
16 North Korea GK An Jae-song
17 North Korea FW Kim Yu-song
18 North Korea MF Ri Hyong-jin

Coaches[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Basketball[edit]

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.[2]

Volleyball[edit]

April 25 is also known to organize a women's volleyball team. 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.[3]April 25 also has a men's volleyball team.[4]

Achievements[edit]

Champions - 2015
Champions - 2008
Third place - 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watts, Jonathan (20 June 2010). "World Cup 2010: Why North Korea are in a league of their own". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "North Korean "April 25" Basketball Team to assist Mongolia's national team". infoMongolia.com. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Hoang Quynh (31 March 2015). "North Korea's 4.25 dethrones Lien Viet at volleyball championship". Thanh Nien News. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Winners of "Spring Best" Open Volleyball Tournament". infoMongolia.com. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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