Dutch champs warm up for Soccer 7s

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am

The youth squad of Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven will prepare for their appearance at the 2006 HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer 7s by playing in an 11-a-side match against the Hong Kong under-23 side tomorrow.

The game will be played at Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC), the venue for the Soccer 7s, which kicks off on Friday.

The PSV youth academy has produced such stars as Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Jaap Stam, and more recently, Manchester United's Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Chelsea's Arjen Robben.

PSV's Ismail Aissati was one of the players of the tournament at last year's Soccer 7s. He has followed this up by forcing his way into the PSV first team and becoming the youngest Dutch player to ever play in the Champions League.

Aissati is one of seven young stars recently named in the Philips Lighting Soccer 7s Hall of Fame.

PSV Eindhoven have been drawn in Pool B with HKFC, Shanghai Shooters and Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic.

The main event of the annual competition will showcase top young professional stars from teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal as well as leading Hong Kong sides Xiangxue Sun Hei (last season's First Division league champions),

Kitchee and newly crowned league champions Happy Valley.

The PSV versus Hong Kong match kicks off at 5pm tomorrow. Members of the public can gain free access by printing out an invitation letter which can be downloaded at www.hkfa.com. The public must present it at the HKFC entrance.