If you’re a real American, you’re hoping lightning will strike for the U.S. team competing in the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
Unfortunately for the dozen or so North Korean “football” fans, their team’s first round loss to the U.S. was due to literal lightning striking their team during training.
North Korean coach Min Kim said members of his squad were “hospitalised with electrocution” but still managed a good game, according to an article by the BBC.
Oddly, there was no mention of the lightning strike, which allegedly occurred June 8, until after Tuesday’s 2-0 loss.
How did the U.S. score two goals?
The North Korean goalkeeper was likely feeling a little frazzled after her gigajoule jolt.
“The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected [by the lightning],” said coach Kim, without naming names. “The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament.”
Amazingly, they not only participated, they almost won, except for that part about not scoring on the non-electrocuted American goalie.
“The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will,” said Kim.
The coach is as good at making excuses as his Dear Leader is at golf.