From July. 17, eight world prestigious soccer team participants from all continents will play three matches each, split into two groups, with the group winners meeting in the July 24 final. The venues are the worldcup stadiums, Seoul, Suwon, Taejon, Ulsan, Pusan and Kwangju.
The 2003 winner, PSV Eindhoven, and runners-up, Olympique Lyonnaise, are again to play, with Tottenham Hotspur of England and Spain's Real Sociedad being other big names from Europe. Argentina's Boca Juniors will represent South America along with Once Caldas of Colombia, while Sundowns FC of South Africa are also invited to the $2.5 million event.
"We are pleased to be here again," PSV's press officer Pedro Salazar-Hewitt said during the joint press conference of the eight clubs held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul. "We have very special relations with Korean people and Korean football because of what Guus Hiddink had done here and also the great achievements by Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo in the club." ...
The Peace Cup was begun in 2003 by the Chunma following the success of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. PSV won the inaugural event, beating Lyon 1-0 with a Mark van Bommels penalty in the rain-soaked final at Seoul's Sangam World Cup Stadium.