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Hammers heading for Beijing tournament

PUBLISHED: 17:22 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:27 05 October 2010

WEST Ham are to be one of a trio of Premier League clubs playing in the fourth Barclays Asia Trophy tournament at the end of next month. The Hammers will travel to China to play in the Beijing based tournament – the fourth of its kind in the Far East. Sin

WEST Ham are to be one of a trio of Premier League clubs playing in the fourth Barclays Asia Trophy tournament at the end of next month.

The Hammers will travel to China to play in the Beijing based tournament - the fourth of its kind in the Far East.

Since 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong have staged the previous tourneys and now West Ham, along wth London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and Premier League survivors Hull City have been invited by the joint organisers - the Beijing Football Association and the Barclays Premier League - to the tournament to be played from July 29 to 31.

The fourth team in the line-up will be local league club Beijing Guo'an and all matches will be held in the 50,000 capacity Beijing Workers Stadium.

It's a stadium with which West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola will be familiar. He was coach of the Italian national team at the 2008 Olympics that reached the quarter-finals only to lose 3-2 to Belgium.

West Ham will play their London rivals Tottenham on the opening day, Wednesday, July 29 with the final and third placed play-off game two days later on Friday, July 31.


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