North Korean Coach: Lightning Strike Led to Women’s World Cup Loss

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Tobias Schwarz / Reuters

North Korean women's soccer coach Kim Kwang Min has his own explanation for why his team lost 2-0 to the American team on Tuesday in the Women's World Cup.

NewsFeed is all for trash-talk and tall tales. But this might just be too much.

After a 2-0 loss to the American team in their first game of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday in Dresden, Germany, the North Korean team’s coach, Kim Kwang Min, claimed the team would have played better if they had not been struck by lightening on June 8 while training in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

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Kim said “more than five” of the players had been hospitalized, including the goalkeeper, Hong Myong Hui. But don’t you think for a second that the North Koreans would give up that easily.

“World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don’t want to think about anything but football,” Kim told reporters through an interpreter. “The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will.”

We don’t know much more about the electrifying loss theory. North Korea as a whole is a very secluded and secretive country, and none of the players were allowed to talk to reporters. But just to play it safe, let’s keep umbrellas away from the team for a while.

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