Sunderland make summer trip to Korea

Korea trip: Martin O'Neill

Korea trip: Martin O'Neill

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SUNDERLAND will play in the Peace Cup tournament in the Republic of Korea this summer.

Martin O’Neill’s side will join K-League side Seongnam and German Bundesliga outfit Hamburg for this year’s competition.

Each team will play two games at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, provisionally scheduled for Thursday, July 19 and the following Sunday.

The invitational competition is held every two years and has been won by PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hotspur, Lyon and Aston Villa since its formation in 2003.

Clubs including Real Madrid, Juventus, FC Porto, LA Galaxy, Boca Juniors, Beşiktaş and Seongnam – who participate in each Peace Cup – have also featured in the competition in recent years.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was the winning manager last time out when Villa were victorious.

Sunderland chief executive, Margaret Byrne, said: “Sunderland is immensely proud to be invited to participate in the Peace Cup. This tournament has a proud history involving many of the world’s top clubs and for Sunderland to be considered amongst them is a huge honour for us.

“The arrival of Ji Dong-won at Sunderland has seen a truly warm partnership begin to grow develop between our football club and the Korean people. They, like us, share a genuine passion for football and we are delighted to be sharing the Sunderland vision with them.”