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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - SOCCER

    Hong Kong Stadium closure rules out visits by Liverpool and Arsenal

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 08:47am

    ... venue in So Kon Po would be closed from April for six months for repair to its turf. We acknowledge the need to replace the pitch at the Hong Kong Stadium but the timing is far from ideal from ... Sutcliffe. “It will be a key time for European clubs to visit Hong Kong because there is no World Cup or European Championship. We are concerned about a loss of 8momentum as we try to build up local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1549392/hong-kong-stadium-closure-rules-out-visits-liverpool-and-arsenal
  2. Sport - Hong Kong - SOCCER

    Promising Hong Kong kids earn dream trip to Bayern Munich

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 10:43pm by Kevin Kung

    ... the national squad qualify for the AFC U-16 Championship in September, while his father was a former player in the second division league. "Decades ago my grandpa banned my dad from taking up ... by spending six days at a training camp at German champions Bayern Munich from August 20, thanks to her standout performance at last month's Allianz Junior Football Cup in Hong Kong. Chung won ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1570109/promising-youngsters-earn-dream-trip-bayern-munich
  3. Sport - SOCCER

    HKFA 'hopeful' of luring Argentina for October international friendly

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 11:02pm by CHAN KIN-WA

    ... Chan Kin-wa kinwa.chan@scmp.com South American nation's response to being invited to mark association's centenary has been 'positive' HKFA 'is hopeful' ... Championship qualifiers. "We have approached Argentina and the response is positive," said HKFA chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak yesterday. He added that plans were in place for Argentina ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1469724/hkfa-hopeful-luring-argentina-october-international-friendly
  4. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Charlton sign Burkina Faso midfielder Rouamba

    Posted Mar 29th 2013, 10:58am by Reuters in London

    ... Reuters in London Charlton Athletic have signed Burkina Faso midfielder Florent Rouamba until the end of the season subject to a work permit, the English Championship (second division) club said on Thursday. Rouamba was a regular for his country in their surprise run to this year’s African Nations Cup final where the Stallions beat Togo and Ghana before losing to Nigeria. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1202404/charlton-sign-burkina-faso-midfielder-rouamba
  5. Comment - Sport - SOCCER

    Price tag for success for Hong Kong soccer is HK$100m per year

    Posted Oct 26th 2013, 10:44pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... the comprehensive 33-point plan expected to act as a catalyst to revitalise the game from grass roots to national level. But the sobering 4-0 defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates in the Asian Cup qualifiers a fortnight ago has once again raised questions whether this was a false dawn. The downfall of the national team which was supposed to be the yardstick to measure progress has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1340651/price-tag-success-hong-kong-soccer-hk100m-year
  6. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Gareth Bale completes journey from Spurs misfit to Madrid superstar

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... international and a player of promise. His electric pace was already well-known, for he was runner-up over 50 metres at the national under-11s championship in Wales. In fact, he was a strong all-round sportsman, excelling at football and athletics in particular during his school days in a suburb of the Welsh capital and striking up a friendship with current Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1302050/gareth-bale-completes-journey-spurs-misfit-madrid-superstar
  7. News - China - SOCCER

    33 banned for life for fixing soccer matches on mainland

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Shenhua one million yuan for fixing a pivotal match with Shaanxi Guoli on its way to winning the Jia A league championship in 2003, which was then the nation's top league.   ... and match-fixing, was another of those banned for life. Four former national team players, including Qi Hong and Shen Si, key players in the mainland's only trip to the World Cup finals, in 2002, were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1153528/33-banned-life-fixing-soccer-matches-mainland
  8. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Revamped Maracana finally returns to world stage

    Posted May 30th 2013, 01:28pm by Reuters in Sao Paulo

    ... in 1999 to prepare it for the following year’s World Club Championship, when capacity was reduced to below six figures for the first time. It was refurbished again for the 2007 Pan American Games, ... to be ready for its re-inauguration in December, six months ahead of the Confederations Cup in June. After repeated delays, it was officially re-opened with a game on April 27. However, the match ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1249630/revamped-maracana-finally-returns-world-stage
  9. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Bayern, Dortmund ready to restore Germany efficiency

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... a nation of chokers? The big surprise about today's Champions League final is not the teams- Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are both superb. It is that such an all-German contest ... were the last German champions of Europe in 2001, could be "close, but no cigar". A poster-boy for German underachievement is Philipp Lahm, captain of Bayern and the national team. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1245329/bayern-munich-and-dortmund-ready-restore-germany-efficiency
  10. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Neymar bids tearful farewell in last game for Santos

    Posted May 28th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... The 21-year-old cried profusely as the national anthem was sung before the match against Flamengo in the opening round of the Brazilian league. "It was very emotional," he said as he bid ... as a child and quickly became their biggest star since Pele left in the 1970s. Neymar joined the senior team in 2009 and has helped the club win six titles, including the 2010 Brazilian Cup, the 2011 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1247561/neymar-bids-santos-tearful-farewell-his-last-game-joining-barcelona

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