Patriotic People

Women’s Football Coach Ra Un Sim

When she began football, Ra Un Sim did not know she would become one of top football players in the country.

Born in Kyongsong County, North Hamgyong Province, Ra moved to Chongjin in her childhood, where she took up football.

She displayed her football talent in annual national games of juvenile sports schools and was promoted to a women’s football team under the Amnokgang Sports Club.

She strove hard to acquire and perfect abilities and skills as befitting a centre forward.

Her brisk activities in the national tournaments of top women’s football teams drew the attention of experts, which promoted her to the national team as a centre forward.

She made her first international debut in 2006 at the third AFC U-19 Women’s Championship. Although she was smaller in stature than her opponents, she fully demonstrated her abilities, particularly her special technique of running freely on the pitch and making long-distance shots. She scored four goals in the championship.

In the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship the following year, she won the awards of leading goal scorer and most valuable player. That year she also became the AFC Youth Player of the Year.

Acting as the captain of the national team since the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup 2013, she presented thrilling scoring scenes and provided favourable opportunities for scoring. She encouraged the players with little experience to play their best in the games and displayed a high sense of match and leadership.

She won the top goal scorer award in the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup 2015.

She participated in 112 international games including Women’s World Cup, Asian Games and Universiad, and won fame as an excellent scorer.

Football experts, fans and spectators gave her name of endearment, “wild horse,” for her tireless activities in the field.

In recognition of her contribution to developing women’s football and adding glory to the country with gold medals, the State conferred on her the titles of Labour Hero and People’s Athlete.

After retirement from her playing career she studied at the Korea University of Physical Education.

She is now devoting herself to training excellent footballers as a women’s football coach of the Amnokgang Sports Club.

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