North Korea: Bengaluru FC’s Erik Paartalu on missile launches, lost baggage and Kim Jong-un memes

North Korea: Bengaluru FC's Erik Paartalu on missile launches, lost baggage and Kim Jong-un memes
Erik Paartalu
Erik Paartalu (left) has played for Gretna, Melbourne City and Australia in his 14-year career

A trip to the world’s most secretive state while it is in the midst of a tense stand off with a world superpower featuring the rhetoric of nuclear war – well, it’s not a footballer’s average away day.

Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC travelled to North Korea last week to play Pyongyang’s 4.25 SC in the AFC Cup, Asia’s version of the Europa League.

Aside from the game, they had to contend with lost baggage, worries over their memes about Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un being discovered, and the country’s latest missile test.

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