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Martin on Korea move

Posted on 15 July 2005  - 12:00

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Martin Jol stated his belief that the South Korean experience will be a valuable one ahead of our Peace Cup opener against Boca Juniors on Saturday.


Speaking after training at Seong Nam on day four of the trip, the Head Coach reasoned that any lingering tiredness has been shaken off and attention is now firmly directed on the task of getting off to a successful start against the famous Argentinean outfit.


"I think the facilities are very good, but it is a bit hot and we expected that," said Martin on what was another steamy morning. "For the first couple of days we did our work in the gym and pool while the players got over their jet-lag, but I think we are over it now and they are getting fit.


"Now they have to cope with the weather and I think that is a good thing because we have to push ourselves. In the hotel, everything is great - the food and the people.


"This is good for the club and the players, very good for the young players as well. Robbie Keane has already been here but for the rest it is a first time and they are having a new experience."


Martin is not the most famous Dutchman in these parts - his PSV Eindhoven counterpart claims that honour - but he hopes our team impress the locals over the course of our visit.


"Guus Hiddink is a hero over here and is probably one of the best coaches in the world. He got South Korea to the semi-finals of the World Cup, this is a footballing country and they love football. This is why I hope we do well so they can see we are a side that is going places with a lot of good, young players. I hope we can do that for them - starting against Boca.


"Boca Juniors are a club that are used to travelling all over the world and are a very famous name in football. It will be good to play against them and it will be another experience.


"They have tough players who will want to win the top prize because they are real professionals. It will be a hard game and hopefully we are ready for it.


"They have a couple of young players who are worth a lot of money. They also have the well known Martin Palermo who played in Spain and have a team that is recognised all over the place.


"There is a lot at stake. For us the priority is the pre-season, although we would like to win. If we win the first game we'll see what we can do because we have a lot of players out here. We'd like to give them all a game but you never know how important each game will be.


"It is a big tournament and hopefully we can do well."