World Cup 2010: Brazil vs. North Korea Five Things to Watch
Brazil, always favorites to win, finally takes the field against North Korea at 2:30.
The whole world will be watching to see what the South American team can do tonight in South Africa in their much hyped debut.
The Best vs. The Worst
As the teams take the pitch, the top ranked team in the world will face the lowest ranked team in the tournament (179).
The game will probably not be as big a thrashing as it sounds, as Korea is known for its extremely defensive stance.
Just the same, the Brazilians are being given an amazing chance to debut with a bang.
Jogo Bono No More
Dunga has changed the character of the Brazilian team. He has developed a new defensive form of playing that risks removing the flashy trademark of the team.
If the Brazilians come out slowly in this World Cup, Dunga will be taking all the blame for trying to change the personality of the team's game.
Just like the new defensive mindset, if things go wrong Dunga may be criticized for not bringing in the aging star.
Ronaldinho has been playing great in Milan the last couple of months, clearly in an effort to win a spot on the national team.
Dunga, however, had already chosen his squad and refused to budge.
He has his chance, with such a weak opponent, to prove that his move was correct.
Kaka had a tough go of it in his first year in Real Madrid. He even temporarily lost his starting position after his wife publicly criticized his coach.
This is his moment to prove he is still at the top of his game.
He is going to have to break out in the first game and help conduct the midfield in a way that proves that he is still one of the best players in the world.
The Asian Wayne Rooney
Jong Tae-Se claims to be the Asian Rooney. He is the only North Korean player to play outside of North Korea—he plays for the nearby Japanese league.
Born in Japan, and originally of South Korean citizenship, Tae-Se decided to seek a North Korean passport due to his heritage after attending schools funded by the North Korean government.
He is said to love fast cars and women. He seems to be the only color in the squad. Today is his chance to bring that color to the field.