Pak Doo-ik

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Pak Doo-ik
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-12-17) December 17, 1943 (age 74)[1]
Place of birth Pyon'yan, Japanese Korea
(now Pyongyang, North Korea)
Height 171 cm (67 in)
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966[1] North Korea[1] 5[1] (2)
Teams managed
Years Team
1976[1] North Korea[1]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 1, 2003
Pak Doo-ik
Revised Romanization Bak Du-ik
McCune–Reischauer Pak Tu-ik

Pak Doo-Ik (Chosungul: 박두익; Hanja: 朴斗翼; born 17 December 1943) is a North Korean former football player.[1]


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 to 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.[citation needed]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pak Doo-IkFIFA competition record (archive)
  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.