April 11, 2021
KCNA Sports DPRK (En)

Korean soccer star Ho Juk San known as ‘machine leg’

Date: 28/02/2021 | Source: Sports DPRK (En) | Read original version at source

Ho Juk San, who was called a “machine leg” by the locals, is one of the best football players in the Korean sports history.

He was born in 1924 in a foreign country.

From his childhood it was his genuine pleasure to kick the ball made by winding straw ropes round.

His life took a U-turn with the country’s liberation from Japanese military rule on August 15 1945.

With a determination to exalt new Korea to the world with football, he trained hard and became a forward of the football team of the then Ministry of National Defence in February 1949.

In the match against the former Soviet army football team he was standing with his back to the opponent’s goal, but suddenly gave a 180 degrees-spin kick to score a thrilling goal.

After the match, the coach of the opponent’s team admired Ho’s skill, saying that his shooting movement was so difficult that even European players could hardly perform it.

He fully demonstrated his special skills in the football matches of the Second World Festival of Youth and Students when he took part in the festival as a player of the DPRK’s football team in August 1949.

Ho Juk San, who netted many goals with high speed and correct and superb shots like a machine, won the unsparing admiration and praise of the spectators.

He was killed in action in September 1950 as an officer of the Korean People’s Army during the Fatherland Liberation War (June 1950-July 1953).

One day after more than four decades, Chairman Kim Jong Il recalled that Ho Juk San was called a “machine leg” in the past.

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