- Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted
- New Mexico Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage constitutional
- Blame Bush: 5 years later, that’s still the mantra, pollsters find
- Dutch prostitutes demand same retirement benefits as soccer stars
- John McCain to Harry Reid: I’ll ‘kick the crap’ out of you
- Dogs that talk: Researchers seek $10K for ‘No More Woof’ technology
- 1,000 firefighters called to battle stubborn Big Sur wildfire
- Black Friday brouhaha: Millions of Target shoppers hit by credit card theft
- Britain orders airplane to rescue citizens from violent South Sudan
- Mega Millions winner emerges as Georgia mom, in ‘disbelief’
Premier clubs to play at third Peace Cup
Question of the Day
SEOUL — While David Beckham and English giant Chelsea make headlines in America this week, two English clubs of more moderate means arrived in South Korea today to take part in the third installment of the biennial Peace Cup.
Bolton Wanderers and Reading FC — both of the English Premier League — will compete in the eight-team event, which is scheduled to begin today, although monsoon rains threaten the city.
The tournament, which began in 2003, continues to attract noted clubs from around the globe and appears to have become a permanent fixture on the international soccer calendar. According to a member of the organizational committee, the 2009 event likely will be held in Europe — possibly in Spain — where noted clubs Real Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla have shown "great interest" in participating in an enlarged 12-team event.
In this year's Peace Cup, Bolton will compete in Group A and face Argentina's River Plate, Spain's Racing Santander and seven-time South Korean champion Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. In Group B, Reading plays Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse, Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara and French champion Olympique Lyon.
"It shows how far we have come as a football club when we get invited to play in tournaments like the Peace Cup," Bolton captain Kevin Nolan said on the club's Web site.
Founded in 1874, Bolton was one of the original 12 members of the Football League, the oldest soccer league in the world.
Reading struggled in its first season in top-flight English soccer.
"We are a small club with very little history that has come along way," Reading club official Andrew West said. "Being here is a big step for us."
Former D.C. United star Bobby Convey and U.S. national team goalie Marcus Hahnemann both play for Reading FC. However, the two Americans are recovering from injuries and didn't make the trip to Korea.
The winners of each group advance to play in the final, which takes place in Seoul on July 21. The winner will win $2 million in prize money, while the runner-up earns $500,000. Profits from the tournament go to the Play Soccer Make Peace program, which sponsors soccer events in more than 30 countries.
Dutch giant PSV Eindhoven won the first Peace Cup in 2003 but failed in its attempt to defend its title in 2005. Tottenham Hotspur of the EPL won the title in 2005 after beating two-time runner-up Lyon 3-1.
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
- Calling sentence disparities unfair, Obama pardons 8 crack offenders
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Bill Gates: The Secret Santa disguised as a 'friendly fellow' on Reddit
- Armed response, not restrictive gun laws, brought swift end to school shooting
- Obamacare 'pajamas boy' gets roundly mocked
- BOLTON: Nero in the White House
- Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely for gay quip
- U.S. Army mulls wiping out memory of Robert E. Lee, 'Stonewall' Jackson
- Outrage over Phil Robertson suspension, 'malignant' political correctness
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
Crystal Wright is a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C.
Wall Street news for retail investors who want to know what's going on.
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow