The weird Stalinist one-party one-family state even bastions of democracy and free speech such as China worry about is back. We can only hope the team’s success on the football field postpones their Great Leader’s plans for nuclear suicide to beyond 2010.
Of course the competition went ballistic the last time they put in an appearance. Italy took an early flight home after losing to a Pak Doo Ik bombshell goal at Ayresome Park, Portugal needed Eusebio’s guided missile boots to rescue them in the quarters, Charlton rocketed in a long-range winner during a tense semi, and Geoff Hurst’s tactical strikes saw off West Germany.
Chances of winning? Zero. Chances of sending millions of South Korean and Japanese citizens to underground bunkers. Quite high.