Sobaeksu Sports Club

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Full name 4.25 Sports Group Affiliate "Sobaeksu Sports Club"
4.25체육단 산하 '소백수 체육단'
Ground Yanggakdo Stadium
Ground Capacity 30,000
Manager North Korea Kim Jong-hun (2011–)
League DPR Korea League
Sobaeksu Sports Club
Chosŏn'gŭl 체육단
Hancha 小白體育團
Revised Romanization Sobaeksu cheyukdan
McCune–Reischauer Sobaeksu ch'eyuktan

Sobaeksu Sports Club (Korean: 소백수체육단, Sobaeksu Ch'eyuktang) is a North Korean multi-sports club based in Pyongyang best known for its men's and women's football teams playing at Yanggakdo Stadium.

Officially, this club is called April 25 Sports Group Affiliate "Sobaeksu Sports Club" (Korean: 4.25체육단 산하 '소백수 체육단', Sa jŏm i o ch'eyuktan "Sobaeksu ch'eyuktan"), as it is but one of several sports clubs belonging to the Korean People's Army's April 25 Sports Group. Other Army clubs affiliated with the April 25 Sports Group are April 25, Ch'ŏngch'ŏn'gang, Taedonggang, Chobyŏng, and Maebong.


Sharing the Yanggakdo Stadium with them, Sobaeksu has a rivalry with Kigwancha.


Sobaeksu player Kim Su-hyŏng was listed third on North Korea's list of top ten athletes of 2016,[1] and forward Cho Kwang led all players in scoring in the 2017 edition of the Paektusan Prize football competition, with a total of seven goals.[2] Sobaeksu has several players with experience in foreign leagues, notably goalkeeper Ri Kwang-il, who played for FK Radnički 1923[3] and FK Erdoglija Kragujevac in Serbia, and striker Ri Myong-jun, who played with Dinaburg FC and FC Daugava in Latvia,[4] FC Vestsjælland in Denmark,[5] and Singhtarua FC in Thailand. Ri Jun-il is one of several Sobaeksu players who play or have played for the North Korea national football team.


Current squad[edit]

As of 2017/18 Season

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

No. Position Player
North Korea GK Ri Chol-song
North Korea GK Ri Kwang-il
North Korea DF Kim Chol-bom
North Korea DF Kim Ho-gyong
North Korea DF Ri Jun-il
North Korea DF Jang Song-il
North Korea MF Pak Sung-hyok
North Korea MF Nam Chol-hyon
No. Position Player
North Korea MF Ri Il-jin
North Korea MF So Kyong-jin
North Korea MF Yon Jun-hyok
North Korea FW Mun Hyok
North Korea FW Ri Myong-jun
North Korea FW Jo Kwang
North Korea Kim Su-hyong
22 North Korea Jong Il-ju


Domestic Cups[edit]

Other sports[edit]

In addition to football, they play basketball, volleyball,[6] and ice hockey.[7]


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