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Football is not usually considered one of North Korea's strengths

On the day before the opening game of the World Cup, between South Africa and Mexico, a lone figure draped in the Mexican flag was having a cigarette outside Cape Town airport. A group of airport workers approached him asking if he was Mexican—perhaps for a little pre-match ribbing—only for the man to throw his hands out, sweep the flag back and break into a short burst of operatic signing finishing with…

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