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Spurs in South Korea

Posted on 20 July 2005  - 12:00

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A further diary entry giving you the lowdown on our trip to South Korea to take part in Peace Cup 2005...


Monday
The evening of our second Peace Cup fixture in Group B against Sundowns of South Africa and we once again arrived at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in good time to step out onto the pitch and make the most of our pre-season surroundings.


One thing that strikes you more than most is the dedication people from all over the world display towards the club. We have been told there are supporters making this trip from as far afield as Australia and the USA, while there are over 100 fans here following Spurs from Japan.


There is also a strong local support and we caught up with four particularly enthusiastic fans ahead of the Sundowns game - Bora, Hong, Eunjo and Eunjong (pictured above from left to right). Bora, who was at the airport to welcome the squad when they arrived in Seoul, explained that her first favourite favourite player was Christian Ziege and her interest in football and Spurs gathered momentum after World Cup 2002.


Asked about our Peace Cup performance against Boca Juniors, Bora added: "I was very impressed with Teemu Tainio and it was the first time I have seen Radek Cerny. I hope next season we can reach a European spot."


It was another eye-catching game against the South Africans and one of the big strengths of this competition is the great contrasts in styles between the competing teams from four of the five continents. A competitive edge is invaluable in pre-season and these games have certainly offered it and, with that in mind, it would be no surprise if all the sides 'hit the ground running' in their respective new campaigns.


Aside from a very good game, those in attendance were also treated to a superlative half-time exhibition of skills from our incredibly popular freestyler Billy Wingrove. He took to the pitch during the interval and ensured very few people left their seats with a memorising display - the pitch was his stage and he used it, running around with the ball on his head before ending his performance by smashing it into the net. A standing ovation was deserved and duly given.


Martin was asked in the post-match media conference what he hopes take away from our participation in the Peace Cup and went on to offer his reaction to the 3-1 victory over Sundowns.


"It is a combination of things, the prestige of taking part and we want to be one of the famous English clubs over here in the future," reasoned the Head Coach. "For us it is also a pre-season tour to improve our fitness and it was very good that we were able to play eight different players tonight from the first game and still got a result.


"We are very satisfied to have four points now."

Tuesday
We switched cities and caught a flight from Kimpo Airport to the industrial port city of Ulsan, where we will take on Real Sociedad in our final group game on Thursday. In the 2002 World Cup literature, Ulsan is said to be not only the industrial powerhouse of the nation from where household names such as Hyundai Motors, LG and Samsung launched their global empires, but also the unofficial football capital.


The Ulsan Munsu Stadium, named after Mount Munsu - one of the mountains which range down the western side of the city - seats 44,474 and staged Brazil v Turkey in Group C of the World Cup, as well as a quarter final.


Following the 45 minute journey and 30 minute transfer to our hotel base, the players got ready for a gym and swimming pool session. In the early evening it was off to a outdoor training facility for ball and fitness work.


The facility, we are told, is owned by Hyundai and available for public use. There are two superb pitches, one of which is surrounded by a well-used walking track.


Since Paul Robinson has enjoyed regular mentions in this tour diary we will continue to update you on his progress - and he appears to be stepping up his rehab each day. On this day he was put through his paces with a running and sprinting session by physio Geoff Scott before returning to goalkeeping coach Hans Segers for more handing work. Once again he insisted this was recorded on camera...


Wednesday will bring more training in final preparation for the Real Sociedad game as well as a visit to a branch of Standard Chartered Bank where the players will distribute gifts to young children. We'll bring you more on this in our next diary entry.