Middlesbrough Ladies have flown to North Korea – the first time a British football team has visited the country.
Members of the squad hope the four-night stay will strengthen the town’s long-standing relationship with the communist nation, which dates back 44 years.
The 14-stong side will play two friendly matches against North Korean teams and will also hold training sessions with local school children during the trip to the capital, Pyongyang.
Links between the isolated Asian country and the northeastern English town date back to the World Cup in 1966, when Middlesbrough hosted the country’s three group games.
The players received a warm welcome from the locals, who adopted North Korea as their second team, and a special bond has existed ever since.
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