Unification News for March 2003

World Peace King Cup to Feature Soccer Greats

by Min Hak-soo

The organizing committee of the World Peace King Cup announced February 5 that the soccer tournament will be held from July 15 to the 22nd and feature $2 million in prize money. The participating teams will be AS Roma (Italy), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), Lyon (France), LA Galaxy (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Kaiser Chiefs (South Africa) and Sungnam Ilhwa (Korea).

The eight teams will be divided into two leagues and the top team of each will compete in the final. Rev. Kwak, president of the organizing committee said that the games will be played in the 6 World Cup stadiums and plans to revive the excitement of the 2002 World Cup Games.

The game will have 40 top-notch players including Francesco Totti of AS Roma, Neuville Schneider of Bayer Leverkusen, and Edmilson (Brazil) of Lyon who played in the 2002 World Cup.

PSV Eindhoven with Guus Hiddink as head coach and Park Ji-sung and Lee Yong-pyo as players, and Hong Myung-bo of LA Galaxy are expected to draw a lot of attention from the crowds. The organizing committee has said that it will use all the proceeds of ticket sales for third world countries' youth development.

For more information contact: haksoo@chosun.com.

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