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INCHEON - Timmy Simons was handed the captain's armband on his debut. Robert de Pinho de Souza found the net. The Koreans were mainly interested in Guus Hiddink and Mung-Bo Hong. And Young-Pyo Lee was also given a hearty welcome.Today we publish part 2 of the Korea Diary. Mung-Bo HongJi-Sung Park and Young Pyo Lee are obviously great idols of Korean football. Officials of the organization committee heaved a sigh of relief when the latter was brought on in Incheon after the break. Grown-up fans surely remember Jung-Moo Huh, who was in the service of PSV between1980 and 1983. And a bell will ring when football experts hear the name of Bum-Keun Cha. He is the Korean who had a wonderful career for many years at the German Bundesliga side Leverkusen. He was on the bench in the Incheon World Cup Stadium tonight to coach the Korean All Stars team and as soon as his image appeared on the large screens, it was greeted with a roar. But the most popular player on the pitch tonight was undoubtedly Mung-Bo Hong. He was born in Seoul, is 36 years of age and retired from professional football last season. He was awarded the Bronze Ball at the 2002 World Cup, as captain of the national team, coached by Guus Hiddink. He was capped 135 times. PSV physiotherapist Arno Philips knows him pretty well and when the two of them were asked to have a picture taken, after the game, flashlights were continually visible. A bright startSo PSV enjoyed victory in their first official game of the 2005-2006 season. The Korean fans - dressed in red, contagiously singing songs and moving all the time, brought back sweet memories of the World Cup. Timmy Simons, Mika Väyrynen and Osmar Ferreyra were handed debuts. The three youngsters on trial, Roy Beerens, Guy Dufour and Ismaïl Aissati were granted playing time (two of them were even included in the starting line-up) and Roy Myrie Medrano, who has been handed a trial by PSV, turned out to be popular with his colleagues at the training sessions. Jefferson Farfán knows the defender, but we still have to sort out where he first met him. Assistant coach Fred Rutten was showing off his knowledge of Spanish when he was talking to the Peruvian this morning, on a wet training pitch in Seoul.A hectic schedule has been drawn up for the players on Thursday. They will have a training session on a pitch at an hour’s drive from the hotel. Team pictures will be taken and they are invited to the Peace Cup 2005 official reception. The tournament, in which a lot of eye-catching teams compete, will kick off on Friday.PSV Media have travelled with the squad to South Korea. You can read a travel report on the official PSV website, on top of the customary reports about training sessions, matches and PSV squad related issues.