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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.

PLAY UP POMPEY!




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 21 2007

Time: 10:37AM

Your Comments

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
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!
pompeyrug
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 !!!
lincspfcfan
onwards and very much upwards (hopefully in the table too), and maybe a chance to bring in our first peices of sliverware :)
pompeycarpet
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.
storagematt
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+
russellm
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.
russellm
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
pentonpompey
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...
pompeyrug
russellm, I know but don't tell the wife & yes we should have gone intertoto.
storagematt
(said with a grin on my face)...Have to admit, I was getting angry just writing it....its ok! taken my pills now, and booked my my anger management course :-)
pentonpompey
We've only had one season in the top ten. A season with extra against crappy swedish teams will jet lag the team, we need another season 'up there' before pressing on to Europe and get used to it. I support the Asia Cup decision.
Lysimachus
Lysi i am able to assure you having travelled to scandinavia about 4 times this year you dont get jet lagged to sweden. Having travelled to HK twice i can assure you you will, and its a blo0dy sight worse when you return. My point before is that half the probllem for uk clubs in europe is that they are not properly prepared, the two bob gives you that chance to learn including how to deal with short journies on airplanes.
russellm
The Asia Cup isn't happening during the season either and we're only having two games in one trip there. And russell, with another game to jet the team off to between weekly Prem games the squad will get jet lagged. If we did do well in the non-existant Intertoto campaign, we would get into the UEFA cup and more unannounced games would be added to the season. We can get into Europe in the upcoming season, we don't need to dampen in the chances of that happening by flying off into unchartered Europe just to play Dynamo Dishwasher.
Lysimachus
and i thought unchartered europe was our ambition as opposed to wan king hongkong
russellm
Sorry Lysi whatever way you try to dress it up, this trip is for an irrelevant cup that the FA told us we had to do at the clubs expense
russellm
Why is it irrelevant? It gives the fresh sqaud a chance to compete at different tournament. And it would be distractful had that tournament been the intertoto. Going to Hong Kong for two games that could result in silverware and you'd rather see us go to Norway to play some rubbish team and come back to the Premiership with less rest than the opposition. I'm not 'dressing up' anything, thank you russell.
Lysimachus
if we want to pregress Lysimachus we will have to get used to playing midweek european aames against 'Dynamo Dishwasher' and their lesser known rival, so i would have rather we took the intertoto cup route as uefa cup football is a far greater pull to some that winners of the barclays asia trophy... you can fly to most places in europe quicker than the team coach can get to some places in this country - and in a lot of instances you could also fly back in this time, so with the squad we have i think we could have managed... we have a squad capable of getting us into europe this season, so another season of building wont hurt, but i just hope we dont look back in 12 months time and think 'we certainly made the wrong decision' in not going for the intertoto cup in the summer of '07'... i think we will do well in asia, but also think we would have done very well in the uefa cup...
pompeyrug
several typos in that post - but you know what i mean :)
pompeyrug
 

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