For the first time, both South and North Korean teams are playing in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. This is South Korea's seventh World Cup foray, and the second one for North Korea since the remarkable run at the 1966 tournament in England. The two teams are playing well, as South Korean team beat Greece 2-0 and North Korea played a close game with Brazil with 2-1 loss. Normally, South Korea would also be cheering for North Korean team as it did before in international sporting events, but recent chill in inter-Korean relations in the aftermath of the Cheonan ship sinking incident has dampened the spirit.
Jung Dae-sae (photo above in red jersey), a player in the North Korean team is changing that. Jung's story is extraordinary. He was born in Japan, has South Korean citizenship, and he plays with North Korea's national team. Though Jung gained South Korean citizenship via his parents, he learned soccer at pro-North Korean school in Japan and fulfilled his dream of playing in North Korea's national team. His brother plays professional soccer in South Korea. Jung's complicated family and personal story reflects the pain of the divided Korea. While seeing Jung cry with emotions at the start of the game with Brazil, Koreans -- both in the South and overseas -- felt the yearning for Korean reunification.