#STORY – ‘ Cuba’s route to football glory: a six-month training camp in North Korea ‘

#AceWorldNews – Nov.13: Playing a series of warm-up matches in North Korea and Vietnam might not have been the simplest route to success, but it worked a treat for Cuba’s manager.

Pre-tournament training camps have always been a vital ingredient for success on the international stage.

World Cup 2014 winners Germany trained in Italy before travelling to Brazil.

The previous champions, Spain, trained in Austria before going to South Africa.

Even the inaugural World Cup winners, Uruguay, spent the four weeks preceding the 1930 tournament in a training camp.

It was little surprise, then, when the Cuban national team embarked on a training camp before the 1970 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games. What was surprising was the choice of location: North Korea.

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By Euan McTear for These Football Times

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