North Korea – great stadium, rather mean leader

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The world’s hugest stadium. Officially.


It’s not often that a great story passes directly under the large Spoiler nose, but rather shamefully, an intriguing piece about the North Korean football team came and went at the end of the last week, and some idiot didn’t even touch it.

So thank sweet baby Moses for the popular Spanish website Marca, who have today featured a report on North Korea’s absolutely enormous football stadium, which allows The Spoiler to shoe horn in last week’s great story, whilst simultaneously appearing to be completely up to date.

So here’s the first bit – the stadium. As reported in Marca, the Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang has finally made it into the Guinness Book of Records, despite being around for over 20 years.

The gist of it seems to be that other massive stadiums have shrunk, making this 150,000 capacity megastructure now the very greatest in the world. Something which will no doubt toast Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il’s tiny little onions – in a good way.

Named after the popular Communist holiday, the stadium is also used for running, swimming, burning army generals to death in the late 1990s for assassination plots, and massive gymnastics festivals.

Some might have noticed the reference to burning people to death in the last sentence. It’s true. Thankfully, that particularly terrifying practice was finally banned in England in 1790, presumably once all of the witches had been dealt with.

Anyway, speaking of cruel punishments, on to last week’s story that was overlooked.

Following their series of rather predictable losses in the World Cup “Group of Death”, North Korean coach Kim Jong-Hun and his players were subjected to very public a six hour dressing down, which took place at the People’s Palace of Culture, also in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-Hun was also expelled from the Worker’s Party of Korea, forced to endure the humiliation of working on a building site, and publicly reprimanded by his players.

Could have been worse – according to reports, in the past athletes have actually been sent to prison for underperforming.

So there you have it.

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