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London hits the beach

Posted on 16 June 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Beach soccer makes its London debut at Hyde Park from June 22-24 as the European Professional League hits town &mdash&#59; and the event is not without its Spurs connections. <P class=MsoNormal>Some 450 tons of soft sand will transform and 27 x 38 metre area of the Park into a beach which will stage some of world&rsquo&#59;s top footballing nations as they attempt to be kings of the sand castle. <P class=MsoNormal>For the first time, England will enter a side &mdash&#59; and this side contains some familiar faces. Former Spurs defender John Scales features in the team, along with livewire striker Paul Walsh. Academy coach Paul Parker completes the Spurs connection. <P class=MsoNormal>The three-day Kronenbourg Cup also features the challenge of France, whose side contains that regular exponent of the seaside game, Eric Cantona. <P class=MsoNormal>England&rsquo&#59;s first attempt comes in Pool A, which also contains <SPAN style="COLOR: black">France, Spain and Switzerland.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59; </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59; </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Beach soccer has seen enormous growth worldwide, with Pro Beach Soccer matches being broadcast in over 100 countries in the past year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>The Kronenbourg Cup will attract crowds of around 5,000 and will be broadcast worldwide on Sky Sports. Crowd participation and entertainment are an important element at all events and Virgin Radio will provide on field music and commentary.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify">The weekend will involve league style games with the overall group winners being the team who win the most matches. There will be two matches per day, which results in a two and a half hour spectacle. <P class=MsoNormal>Each country will have a ten-man squad and at any one time five players will be on the pitch including the goalkeeper. There is no limit on substitutions. Each game will be three periods of twelve minutes with three-minute breaks. <P class=MsoNormal>The players compete bare foot and it is a faster, higher scoring game than traditional soccer. As a result, a unique set of playing skills is required by the players. On average eleven goals are scored each match making it a great spectator sport. <P class=MsoNormal>Tickets can only be purchased in advance and are available from the Kronenbourg Cup Royal Parks ticketing hotline on&nbsp&#59;<SPAN style="mso-bidi0870: MsoNormal><SPAN style=" yes? mso-spacerun:>&nbsp&#59;<SPAN SPAN 9000.< 738></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>The tickets will be priced at &pound&#59;15 per person or a family ticket at &pound&#59;40 (two adults and two children under 11).</SPAN>