The Lyonnais will in July take part in their 3rd Peace Cup, having already taken part in the first 2 editions of the competition. Alain Perrin’s men will return to stadia they know well… the Spaniards of Santander will replace the Italians from Udinese…
The Lyonnais will be in group B with Shimizu, Reading and River Plate. Their first match is onJuly 13 in Busan (at 20:00) against Shimizu. At the same time in Suwon, River Plate takes on Reading. Then OL will take on in Seoul (at 20:00) the Englishmen from Reading on the 16th while River Plate plays Shimizu in Busan; with the last games of the group phase pitting the Argentines of River Plate on the 19th in Suwon (at 20:00) as well as Shimizu against Reading in Go Yang. The final will take place on July 21 in Seoul (at 17:00).
In group A, on July 12 (at 19:00) in Seoul, Seongnam takes on Bolton while in Gwang Yang (at 20:00), Deportivo Guadalajara plays Santander. On July 14 (at 20:00) in Seongnam, Seongnam plays Santander while in Go Yang, Bolton locks horns with Deportivo. On July 17, (at 20:00), Santander will fight it out with Bolton in Busan and Deportivo plays Seongnam in Daegu.
It will OL’s 3rd participation in this competition that is in fact only 3 editions old. Juninho and co have played in the final each time, losing 1-0 in July 2003 against PSV Eindhoven and 3-1 to Tottenham in July 24, 2005.
In the group phase in 2003, OL beat Kaiser Chiefs (South Africa) 2-0 (Bergougnoux x 2) and Seongnam 1-0 (Govou); they lost 2-1 to Besiktas (Govou). In 2005, a win against Seongnam 2-1 (Carew x 2) and draws against Once Caldas (Colombia) 1-1 (Diarra) and PSV Eindhoven 1-1 (Malouda). Hatem Ben Arfa scored the goal in the final, a penalty, when Tottenham were already leading 3-0.