April 25 Sports Club

Full name April 25 Sports Club
Nickname(s) 425 (사이오), 4.25 (사점이오)
Founded July 1949 (1949-07)
Ground Yanggakdo Stadium, Pyongyang
Ground Capacity 30,000
League DPR RI 2013
2011 1st

April 25 Sports Club (Chosŏn'gŭl: 4.25체육단; Hanja: 4.25體育團) or April 25 Sports Team, known as 4.25 or April Twenty-Five is a multi-sports club in North Korea.

April 25 Sports Club has one of the most successful football clubs in the country with over 10 wins in the DPR Korea League Cup. The club's name of April 25 comes from Military Foundation Day and the club belongs to the Korean People's Army.[1]

April 25 Sports Club's rival is Pyongyang City Sports Club.


Jang Il-ok playing in April 25 Sports Club attire at the 2007 Military World Games


1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
2001, 2006, 2011

Performance in AFC competitions

Asian Club Championship

Asia record

Current squad

As of 9 December 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
North Korea GK Ri Kwang-Il
North Korea GK Kim Chol-Nam
North Korea GK Son Chol-Ryong
North Korea DF Han Song-Chol
North Korea DF Nam Song-Chol
North Korea DF Kang Il-Nam
North Korea DF Ri Pae-Hun
North Korea DF Min Hyo-Song
North Korea DF Jang Kum-Nam
North Korea DF Kim Yong-Saeng
North Korea DF Ri Myong-Sam
North Korea DF Ji Yun-Nam
North Korea MF Sim Hyon-Jin
North Korea MF So Hyon-Uk
North Korea MF O Hyok-Chol
North Korea MF Han Song-Hyok
No. Position Player
North Korea MF Ri Hyong-Jin
North Korea MF Jo Kwang-Myong
North Korea MF Ji Yun-Nam
North Korea MF Mun In-Guk
North Korea MF Hong Yong-Jo
North Korea FW Kim Kwang-Hyok
North Korea FW Pak Chol-Min
North Korea FW Kim Kum-Il
North Korea FW Kye Song-Hyok
North Korea FW Om Chol-Song
North Korea FW Choe Chol-Man
North Korea FW So Jong-Hyok
North Korea FW Pak Song-chol
North Korea FW Kim Yu-Song
North Korea FW Kim Chol-Jae
North Korea FW Hong Kum-Song

Other sports


April 25 has fielded a basketball team. In May 2015, they came to Mongolia to assist in training the Mongolian national team as preparation of the latter's campaign at the 2013 East Asian Basketball Championship.[2]


April 25 is also known to organize a women's volleyball team. April 25 participated at the 2015 VTV International Women's Volleyball Cup, an invitational tournament in Vietnam. The North Korean club won the bronze medal defeating Vietnamese side, VTV Bình Điền Long An. Their player, Jong Jin Sim was named Most Value Player of the tournament.[3]April 25 also has a men's volleyball team.[4]


Champions - 2015
Champions - 2008
Third place - 2015


  1. Watts, Jonathan (20 June 2010). "World Cup 2010: Why North Korea are in a league of their own". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  2. "North Korean "April 25" Basketball Team to assist Mongolia's national team". infoMongolia.com. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  3. Hoang Quynh (31 March 2015). "North Korea's 4.25 dethrones Lien Viet at volleyball championship". Thanh Nien News. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  4. "Winners of "Spring Best" Open Volleyball Tournament". infoMongolia.com. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2015.

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