Despite not making the 2014 FIFA World Cup, North Korea has reached the final, according to state media.
While a newscast posted to YouTube cannot be verified, this latest accusation isn't dissimilar to what North Korean media produced four years ago in South Africa.
As the rest of the world sits tight in anticipation of Sunday's Germany-Argentina tilt here in Rio, North Koreans have reportedly been told their country's soccer team has been dominant at this summer's event.
An unverified video posted to YouTube channel Korea News Backup, which features reports from North Korea's state-run media, appears to show a newscaster reporting on North Korea's fictitious success at the World Cup.
The sequence shows "highlights" of North Korea's 7-0 win over Japan, 4-0 win over the United States and 2-0 win over China -- all of which didn't take place, of course.
North Korea last competed at a World Cup in 2010, losing all three games to Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal.
During that tournament, North Korean media reported their country's national team defeated Brazil 1-0 even though Brazil won the match 2-1.
North Korea is currently ranked 146th in the world, 36 spots behind Canada
After years of back and forth chatter, which ultimately did nothing but get our hopes up, director Guillermo del Toro has admitted that Hellboy 3 just isn’t going to happen. The desire is there, he’s got a great idea, and Ron Perlman is dying to come back. But frankly none of that justifies the $150 million price tag that film would require.
“Well, you know, we don’t have that movie on the horizon, but the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the best of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series, but I don’t think it will happen.”
Del Toro may not be making Hellboy 3 a reality, but he does have a pretty packed resume. He just finished filming his horror film Crimson Peak, and just got the greenlight for Pacific Rim 2 (which will be accompanied by an animated series). He’s also an executive producer on the new FX series The Strain, and is eyeing an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Oh, and he recently announced that he’ll work on a small black and white film as well. Because he clearly doesn’t have enough on his plate.