An maintains shock belief

Midfielder hopeful but also aware of Brazil's pedigree

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An Yong-hak is aware of the task that awaits North Korea when they face Brazil but maintains that his nation could surprise the South American giants.

The North Koreans tackle five-time World Cup winners Brazil in Johannesburg on Tuesday in their first Group G match of the 2010 World Cup.

The odds appear to be stacked heavily against Kim Jong-Hun's North Korean charges, who are competing at their first World Cup since 1966.

But Omiya Ardija midfielder An has insisted it is not impossible that his team-mates could stun the Brazilians.

"We know that all the players on the team are famous and that Brazil is the strongest team in the world. It doesn't seem like they have any weaknesses," said An.

"Our chances may not be that great, but we can't say there's no chance at all."