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2 minutes with...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 February, 2005, 12:00am
 

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The former Hong Kong Footballer of the Year attended this week's Carlsberg Cup featuring five-times world champions Brazil and was delighted his fellow countryman put on a cracking show. The 31-year-old Sun Hei defender was at the front of about 100 flag-waving Brazilian fans at Hong Kong Stadium.


What do you think about the game?


Brazil didn't play that hard, of course. The difference between the two teams was too big. I think it was good for Hong Kong players to play against that kind of level. They never played against that level even when we played in the Carlsberg Cup. We always played against second-string teams from Europe before.


You must have enjoyed the game with the likes of Ronaldinho, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Robinho on the pitch?


I enjoyed the game. Actually it was a lot better than the game in China [in Guangzhou in 2003]. That game was very boring. I was talking to a lot of Brazilian people and they said Robinho made the difference this time because he always brought the ball forward. In China, you remember nobody wanted to carry the ball forward. At that time, Robinho didn't play for them. He wanted to show in Hong Kong that he could play for Brazil. The Hong Kong team was very unlucky that he played for them.


Were you surprised that the stadium was half full considering Brazil fielded a full-strength side missing just one superstar player in Ronaldo?


Actually I was very surprised. Brazil are the five-times world champs. I don't think the tickets were too expensive. Ticket prices for the Real Madrid game in Hong Kong [in 2003] were the same and it was completely full. You only get to see Brazil play in Hong Kong once in a lifetime. So it was worth it.


Are you a member of the Brazilian Association of Hong Kong?


Yes. My wife, Andrea, was one of the four chairpersons for one year last year. They are always four girls and they are responsible for the association for one year. This time, they decided a guy [himself] should be responsible and I am just helping out for a year.


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