Newcastle Linked With North Korean Striker – Video

Newcastle are being linked with a 19 year-old striker from North Korea.

Jong Il-Gwan – playing against Japan for North Korea

The player is Jong Il-Gwan, and there is not much information on the youngster, as may be expected.

He was born in October of 1992 somewhere in North Korea, and he currently plays as a striker for Rimyongsu in the DPR Korea League.

Jong also plays for the North Korean national side, so he must be good to play for the full Korean side at only 19 years old.

In November of 2011 he is reported to have been named the AFC Youth Player of the Year, and from what we can tell he has played 13 times for North Korea, and made his debut for them some time last year.

We suppose Newcastle could have scouted him playing for the North Korean National side, since we cannot see Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr going to watch him in his home country – he may never get out again.

This is a rumor doing the rounds on Twitter, but the news is also being reported on some web-sites.

Jong Il-Gwan – celebrating scoring a goal

We also wouldn’t be too surprised if there is some truth in it, as Newcastle seem to be combing the globe for good young players, but if the youngster would be allowed to leave North Korea and move to Tyneside, but there are already North Koreans playing outside their home country.

The teenager can play on the left, right or in the middle, and his pace and acceleration gives him lots of advantages when he is near goal.

The 19 year-old is said to be one of the best young players in Asia, and he starred in the Asian U-19 championship only last year,  scoring five goals including a great hat trick against Australia.

And the news is that more North Koreans are looking to play their football overseas, and perhaps it would be possible for Newcastle to bring this lad to Tyneside.

We wonder if he’ll like the tripe and onions? 😀

Here’s some video of the lad in action.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t see it happening because of the politics of North Korea.

  • tarie4

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Low wages, low transfer fee, has potential, fairly unkown, scouted by carr and is 19, seems to have decent pace (YouTube scouting)
    he ticks all the boxes for me, give him a 3 year contract, see how he goes in the 1st 6 months, then offer him a bigger deal, like we did with tiote.

  • Whistler

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    complete non-starter for me…just can’t see it

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Non starter for me. I’m sure North Koreans have to complete national service, which would hinder any deal.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Non starter so what…he is quick and a finisher wich is more than can be said for Best….

    lad seems to have tons of potential sign the lad up

  • jayphoto

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Can’t see it myself! I thought a big part of carrs job was to recommend players who would settle in the area and team too, think it would be very difficult for him to settle in Newcastle! Also can’t see delboy ok’ing the money for flights to Korea! Pretty we only scout in France because graham carr travels on the £1 to France Sun newspaper coupons

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Lol gorgan they do not mean non starter as in starting in the team they mean non starter as in it won’t happen.

  • Raj

    Jun 6, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    If we want to penetrate Asian market for brand value, why North Korea?? No use there, Carr. Not denying the fact that the kid is sharp and talented. Good if he comes through.

    But we should be looking at China, Japan and South Korea more, don’ya think lads??

  • LewSpi

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Nothing wrong with a trial, surely?

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    @may lol. @everyone else north korea do let people out of the country but with very strict rules.
    “we will let you leave but your family stay here. Say anything bad about us and we kill them”

  • verytallperson

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    People all talking about marketing etc etc should shut up, that sort of thing should second to footballing quality! I don’t want to sign a player just for the shirt sales, nor do I think we would (no matter how tight our owner is). Carr has been watching him since September and obviously rates him. Cheap, eye for goal, young, great work rate… I’m all for it.

  • redondo77

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    There are North Koreans playing in China, Australia, and Japan. There won’t be political issues for signing him, especially now there is no Kim Jong Il.

    I think signing him is just for his talent not for marketing purposes, I don’t think we are going to have a tour in North Korea for marketing target, the whole will play in North Korean league for the rest of their lives if they do.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13


    yeah but the tone of statement is like non starter therefore junk.

    No sense.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Gorgon. You have misunderstood me. I’m not saying he is a bad player, I do not know anything about him. I just think it will be too difficult to sign him given the politics of his country. The national service in his country is an issue also.

  • Widowmaker

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Never heard of him despite being an Asian. Did a little research on the net and couldn’t find that many excpet the same vedio cut. (I googled in both Japanese and Chinese, so he must be really an unknown to most Asians.)

    Anyway, I will let Carr make the judgement, but I think there are better options in S. Korea and Japan even at similar price.

  • A_Krul_World

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ve seen a few videos of Jong and he looks to be a very good prospect. One of his friends moved to play for Basel last year so I’d say there’s a good chance he could move to us.

    If Carr rates him highly enough to have a scout track his games then that’s good enough for me.

    I just hope another team doesn’t try and hijack the deal.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Wont we lose him for a couple of years for national service?

  • Whistler

    Jun 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Gorgonzola….engage your brain pal eh.

    Non-starter as in this deal in all likelyhood will never ever happen. Its only my opinion of course but I cant see it….the kid is 19 with a handful of caps….will he fulfill work permit criteria for a kick off? very questionable, and then if he signs a 3 year deal as some have suggested he do….will he play enough first team games to retain his right to work in this country? too many ifs and buts….cant see this getting off the ground at all

  • Persian Geordie

    Jun 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    i live in Dubai and follow Asian football allot, the kid is good no doubt but there are lots of better players out there. the only problem with this one is i think NUFC will clash allot with the N.Korean FA over representations and tournaments as they play a lot of games outside the FIFA calender. but why not! he’s good.

    but if we wanna do business with Asia then we gotta look for players in Korea & Japan, we’ll sell kits like hell there. lets sign Lee from Bolton. his shirts will sell like crazy specially if we give him a daft number like 7.

    there are lots of players in the Gulf and Iran that we can buy too. Iran has a lot of talented players and a decent national team. if i see some good names i’ll post them here & hope Carr is reading.

  • samich

    Jun 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    No that’s south korea. He’s all over twitter. Seems very likely to come tbh. I’m all for it, nothing to lose and looks a great player.

  • samich

    Jun 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s all over twitter too, some geordie journos saying a deal will be done?

  • Lucasd10

    Jun 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22

    As long as nothing wong go for him

  • samich

    Jun 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Haha onnly costing 56k 😀 Nothing to lose and seems to be deadly, quality finisher!

  • matthew b

    Jun 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    in 20120 he was reported to have youth player of the year- id be really impressed if he was still playing then, nice bit of long term investment!!

  • magpie79

    Jun 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Newcastle scout and enquire about 100s of players!it doesn’t mean were gunna buy every single players.graham carr takes I’m up 2 3 games on his scouting trips in a weekend and watches loads of with cisse,tiote and cayabe carr had been watching them and knew about them season ago!that’s why u get all the clubs and agents coming out saying newcastle are interested!newcastle wouldn’t be scouting properly if they weren’t asking after loads and loads of players that’s why u get all these reports were in for all these players!so when people on the blog complain were getting linked with all these players it doesn’t mean were in for them just that we have enquired about them and like I said before that’s the way newcastle shud be doing it and we need 2 have a big scouting network 2 get the right players and the right deals 4 the club!

  • geordieviking

    Jun 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Terrible video, not enough footage to make a judgement but he looks fast and keeps his head so he obviously has potential.

  • AmeobiTheMackemSlayer

    Jun 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #27

    YouTube can make a Mackem look good so not entirely trustworthy. But he certainly looks like he’s got an eye for goal, and he’s still young. Looks a prospect.


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