Carlsberg attracts two World Cup teams to HK

Carlsberg and the Hong Kong Football Association have invited two World Cup qualified teams, Croatia and Korea Republic, to advance their tournament preparations in the Carlsberg Cup against Denmark and the Hong Kong representative team.

The 2006 Carlsberg Cup will be played over the Chinese New Year holiday at the Hong Kong Stadium. On 29 January, Croatia will encounter Korea Republic while Denmark will meet Hong Kong. The 3rd/4th Place final and Carlsberg Cup final will be played on 1 February.

Croatia is making its Carlsberg Cup debut in 2006, while Korea Republic was a participant in the first Carlsberg Cup in 1985 and has appeared on two other occasions. Denmark won the tournament on its debut in 1994 and is making its 3rd Carlsberg Cup appearance in 2006.

The Danish team has also accepted an invitation to play an official friendly match against Singapore on 26 January. The Danish team (ligalandsholdet) is a specially selected team, consisting only of Danish players from the domestic league, SAS Ligaen, thus giving the national head coach, Morten Olsen, a chance to evaluate the potential of some of the upcoming stars in Danish football.