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Hong Kong, here Pompey comes

Hong Kong, here Pompey comes

The Pompey squad fly out to Hong Kong today in preparation for the Barclays Asia Trophy - which begins on Tuesday as Pompey kick off against a team that will be a force to be reckoned with this season, nope not Liverpool, Fulham - according to Diomansy Kamara.

As the pace of pre season is moved forward a little more, we face Fulham at 11am uk time on Tuesday, with a match against either Liverpool or South China on Friday - 11am in the 3rd/4th play off if we lose to Fulham or 1.15pm in the final should we win - and I almost fully expect us to beat Fulham.

With a virtually fully fit squad heading off to Asia this should give us a little more indication of what we can expect this season as the standard of fitness should be improving and opposition is of a higher level, not being disrespectful to the challengers we have had so far during pre season.

Heat and humidity will have an impact on the tournament, but at the same time should help with getting our fitness levels closer to the level we need.

One man almost certain to make his Pompey debut is the potential club record signing, depending on various extra costs that might be paid, John Utaka - who had the final stamps made on his work permit on Friday.

When all is said and done this is still only pre season, but this is the tournament that Pompey opted for ahead of the intertoto cup, which could have seen us into the uefa cup this season, so I hope we can do ourselves justice - and I am sure we will.

A good showing and ideally the winning of the trophy will raise our profile even more and help get us well into the Asian market, which as others know, including Liverpool, can be very profitable.


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Date:Saturday July 21 2007
Time: 10:37AM


that bloody bell ringer, does my nut in!!!!!!!!! Not the bloke, but the noise means when pompey are on tv I have to turn the volume off. Grumpy old git me!
The Fear
21/07/2007 10:43:00
you get used to it eventually mate, the trumpet playing too... altho if i drank the amount before, during and after games johnny westwood does i would be happy to sound half as good as him :) we will have to call you victor from now on... anyway, back to the asian invasion - bring it on, i cannot wait for this to kick off. it would be great to see pompey kick off the season with a trophy!
21/07/2007 10:50:00
At last a proper pre-season ! NOW we can say we've arrived as a Premiership club ! There's no way prior to this season that we would even have been considered for an invite to a competition such as this. Onwards and upwards we go !!!
21/07/2007 12:10:00
onwards and very much upwards (hopefully in the table too), and maybe a chance to bring in our first peices of sliverware :)
21/07/2007 13:02:00
For those going, enjoy & scream the place down. I'll be on some island in the med where its very, very sunny & 90+ yippeeeeeeeee! Happy hols to you all & Play Up Pompey.
21/07/2007 13:35:00
by the way storage sky are showing the games so you will probably get to see them in a bar, by a beach in 90+
21/07/2007 13:56:00
i still think it was a mistake to do the asia cup instead of the intertoto. It seems to me that it shows a lack of ambition, all that tripe about it being highly prestigous is just that. Given that we are trying to get in to Europe surely it would have been ideal to get some understanding about the way Euro teams play and even more basic giving the club the chance to get to grips with the logistics of it all, travel, visas, training arrangements, diet management right down to the general management, all the things big clubs do well to be succesfull. By the way those advantages i mentioned were the words of the Sevilla manager 2 years ago.
21/07/2007 14:06:00
Gonna sound like a complete party pooper, but i agree totally with russellm. I was so disappointed when we announced that we were to forgo our Intertoto inclusion in favour of 2 games in HK. Given that the club has stated its Euro ambitions, i find it hard to believe when we earn a right to a place in a competition we turn it down to take part in a mickey mouse made up competition (suppose some would say, so is the toto). Even if we win 2 games and win a piece of "silver", what price the experience of Europe, and the very real chance of UEFA cup football. I hope that the experience in Asia is a valuable one and the spin offs deemed worthy enough. Needless to say,; I will always support our boys not matter what games we play, and indeed enjoy watching the matches andhope we win it. I am just expressing my opinion, it's not negative just subjective
21/07/2007 15:21:00
totally agree fellas, i was not only disappointed that we decided not to enter the intertoto cup and opted for hong kong, but also very angry... but altho with qualifiying games for that coming thick and fast now i will think what might have been i am now looking forward to this and have accepted the decision the club made - however should we be in a similar position at the end of this season i would not be as forgiving if we declined this chance again...
21/07/2007 15:35:00
russellm, I know but don't tell the wife & yes we should have gone intertoto.
21/07/2007 15:51:00
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