Filed: Wednesday, 10th June 2009
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United will kick off their Asia Trophy campaign with a mouth-watering tie against Tottenham.
The draw saw the two London clubs picked to face each other in the semi-final of this year's tournament, which takes place in Beijing between 29th-31st July. The other semi final will feature local side Beijing Guoan and a third Premier League side, Hull City.
The two semi finals take place on Wednesday, 29th July with the West Ham v Tottenham game kicking off at 11am BST (6pm local time) and Hull v Beijing at 1.30pm BST (8:30pm local time).
A third-place play-off for the two losing semi-finalists takes place at 11am BST (6pm local time) on Friday, 31st July with the final commencing at 1.30pm BST (8:30pm local time) that day.
49,000 tickets are being made available for each game, all of which will take place in Beijing's Worker's Stadium. Those interested in travelling to China can find details of travel arrangements on the KUMB.com forum.
This year's tournament is part of the 2009 Beijing Football International Festival, for which several events are being staged throughout the summer. The inaugural Asia Trophy was won by Chelsea in Malaysia back in 2003, whilst Bolton won in Thailand two years later.
Portsmouth are the current holders of the trophy having beaten Liverpool on penalties in the 2007 final, held in Hong Kong. All of the 2009 tournament's four matches will be broadcast live by Sky Sports.
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