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Posted on 18 July 2005  - 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).

The inside track on our weekend in South Korea ahead of our second Peace Cup encounter against Sundowns of South Africa on Monday...

Matchday in Peace Cup 2005 and our convoy swept through the traffic of Seoul on the 45 minute trip to the Suwon World Cup Stadium to take on Boca Juniors. It was a steamy evening and we arrived in good time, from our point of view, to check connections to ensure details of the evening could be transferred to fans via the website.

Like White Hart Lane, the Suwon venue offers a wireless connection - which was a very pleasant surprise and saved looking under desks and struggling to plug in phone lines!

Details of the encounter have been already been chronicled and, one thing is for sure, it was a tough and valuable work-out at this stage of pre-season. We would like to report that there are no flies on us in terms of our coverage, but unfortunately this was not the case - literally.

From our vantage point in the press facilities, once darkness fell, so did hundreds and hundreds of near lifeless flies - all over us! Believe me, we exhausted all the 'dropping like flies' quips within minutes and I proceeded to spend the last 20-odd minutes of the second half picking flies out of my keyboard.

Martin seemed happy enough with the 2-2 outcome at the very organised press conference, where there were allocated seats for each media organisation, a kind of MC and a portable microphone so that the questions were heard clearly.

"I think we did well for our first match, we started off a bit sloppy but after that we did ever so well," he told the media pack.

Jermain Defoe added: "I feel very tired! Everyone knows Argentina is a massive footballing nation and the teams are very strong. It was a hard game, but I thought the lads played well and showed some good passing. I also noticed that the reception we got from the crowd was really nice and we are really enjoying our time here.

The boys were back in training at the Anyang Stadium in the morning before a signing session. Michael Dawson's nose injury did not seem to deter one female admirer who presented the centre-half with a wrapped gift - haven't found out what was yet.

Paul Robinson wanted it to be known that he had his gloves and boots back on and progressed his rehabilitation to a catching session. He insisted I took a picture for evidence!

In the afternoon, with the players given some time for rest, a number of us travelled back to Suwon to take part in a fans match against the followers of Suwon Blue Wings at the club's training facility.

More of us ended up playing than we imagined and there was a hint of trepidation when we were informed we were up against one of the strongest, I suppose you would describe it as 'Sunday league', sides in the area. Looking very smart in full blue kit, they were undergoing an intensive warm-up programme when we arrived and had a decent following in the stand.

For our part, we joined forces with some locally-based Spurs fans to put together a team - including Executive Director Paul Barber and Marc Jones from our Football in the Community scheme. Your correspondent went in goal - where he used to feature some years and about three stone ago!

To be fair, we didn't do too badly, but found ourselves 3-1 down at half-time. In our favour we were treated to a cameo performance from our resident freestyler Billy Wingrove, who displayed that he can also play a bit on the pitch and proved very popular with the onlookers.

Monday is matchday again when Sundowns of South Africa provide the opposition. Sundowns won their opener against Real Sociedad on Saturday by a 1-0 scoreline so it should be an interesting encounter.

On Sunday in Group A, PSV Eindhoven drew 0-0 with Once Caldas of Colombia, while Lyon defeated Seong Nam IIwha 2-1.