Ri Myong-guk

Ri Myong-guk
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-09-09) September 9, 1986[1]
Place of birth Pyongyang, North Korea[1]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Pyongyang City
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Pyongyang City
National team
2007– North Korea 85 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 12, 2016
Ri Myong-guk
Chosŏn'gŭl 리명국
Hancha 李明國
Revised Romanization I Myeongguk
McCune–Reischauer Ri Myŏngguk
This is a Korean name; the family name is Ri.

Ri Myong-guk (born 9 September 1986 in Pyongyang, North Korea)[1] is a North Korean international footballer, He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Pyongyang City in the DPR Korea League.

He played 15 matches in 2010 World Cup qualifying for Korea DPR, including keeping a clean sheet in the decisive final group game against Saudi Arabia. After the match, he stated "I felt like I was defending the gateway to my motherland".[2] His performances also saw him nominated for the 2009 Asian Footballer of the Year award. Ri was Korea DPR's first choice in goal in FIFA World Cup 2010. He played all Korea DPR's three World Cup matches including 7-0 loss to Portugal.[3] He had played 80 matches for his national team since his debut in 2007, making him the most capped player in the history of Korea DPR.

Both his father and uncle were goalkeepers for the national team.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Ri Myong-guk at soccerway.com. Retrieved on 7 December 2015.
  2. Chadband, Ian (2009-10-15). "North Korea's draw with Congo gives world glimpse of secretive nation's football side". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  3. "AFC player of the year 2009 nominees first list announced". Asian Football Confederation. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  4. "A day in the life of North Korean footballer Ri Myong-guk". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
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