AFC Asian Cup

Thanks to UAE player doubt, Hong Kong may be eligible for 2015 Asian Cup by default

UAE midfielder Omar Abdul Rahman. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong could find itself playing in soccer's Asian Cup in Australia next January by default after it emerged that preliminary group opponents, the United Arab Emirates, apparently fielded an ineligible player in the two games against the city.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 10:48pm 2 comments

Australia banking on China to qualify for the Asian Cup

China's national team enjoy strong support.Photo: AP

It is no secret that the presence of China means big business the world over. Anxious Australia, hosts of the 2015 Asian Cup, are now hoping China can clinch one of the remaining three berths for the tournament with a senior Football Australia official promising that the mainland soccer team would receive massive support if they do qualify.

23 Nov 2013 - 7:55pm

Time to ease the nationality issue

Football player Festus Baise

The issue the national squad has with leading clubs, as far as the release of players is concerned, has been well-documented. But there is another aspect where the government lags behind - the process to naturalise players who want to represent Hong Kong. 

24 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Vietnam present sterner test for Hong Kong

Hong Kong's forwawrd Chan Man-fai

Hong Kong need nothing less than a victory against visitors Vietnam to keep their hopes alive in the Asian Cup qualifiers.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Jose Antonio Camacho takes China into crunch Asian Cup tie with Iraq

Jose Antonio Camacho has said he will not resign should China suffer their second straight defeat of the qualifying campaign. Photo: Xinhua

The pressure is mounting on China coach Jose Antonio Camacho, with defeat against Iraq at Changsha's Helong Sports Centre tonight in the qualifying rounds of the AFC Asian Cup likely to spell the end of the Spaniard's 19-month reign at the helm of the national side.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:15am

Paying Hong Kong soccer players a bonus if they win is good

Brian Leung Hung-tak, president of HK Football Association. Photo: Felix Wong

This is why tonight, players representing Hong Kong's senior team are apparently reinvigorated and motivated to perform well, with an enticing new "carrot" dangling in the form of a revitalised incentive scheme.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Kim Pan-gon: Hong Kong must cope without striker Chan Siu-ki

Hong Kong's head coach Kim Pan-gon. Photo: Reuters

After making his appearance for Chinese First Division side Sunray Cave in their opening match against Chengdu last Saturday, Chan Siu-ki was reported to have suffered a hamstring injury and would not be released by the Guangdong-based club for Friday's group E match.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:47am

Draw not in plan as Hong Kong aims to beat Vietnam at soccer

Hong Kong squad goalkeepers Tse Tak-him and Yapp Hung-fai contest a cross during the representative team’s training session at Hong Kong Football Club yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong will refuse to settle for a draw against the higher-ranked Vietnam when the two teams meet in a 2015 Asian Cup qualifying group match later this month.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

Pressure mounts on Camacho after China defeat

Coach Camacho

Jose Antonio Camacho has come under increasing pressure after China crashed out of World Cup qualifying and lost four friendlies since June last year, including an 8-0 drubbing by Brazil. They won just once.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:38am

Ten-man Hong Kong hold attacking Uzbekistan

Hong Kong goalkeeper Yapp Hung Fai jumps to save a goal during a 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier between Uzbekistan and Hong Kong in Tashkent. Photo: AP

Ten-man Hong Kong held an attacking Uzbekistan to a 0-0 draw in Tashkent on Wednesday, as the UAE started their Asian Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win over battling Vietnam.

7 Feb 2013 - 12:49am

Hong Kong frustrates Uzbekistan with draw in Asian Cup qualifying game

HK team captain Chan Wai-ho. Photo: Dickson Lee

Despite a squad of only 18 and reduced practice sessions and training matches in a troubled build-up, Hong Kong did superbly well to frustrate Uzbekistan, one of the favourites from Asia to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:29am

Hong Kong faces chilly reception in Uzbekistan for Asian Cup qualifier

Hong Kong's head coach Kim Pan-gon. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong enter their 2015 Asian Cup qualifier tonight on the back of their worst preparation ever for an international match. Only a small squad of 18 players, including three goalkeepers, left on Sunday for the Uzbek capital for their opening match in group E, which also features the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:03am

Kim Pan-gon rues lack of support for Hong Kong soccer squad

Kim Pan-gon

Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon is frustrated at the club-versus-country row surrounding the national team, as he tries to prepare for the opening Asian Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan early next month.

Time is running out ahead of the trip to the former Soviet Union state on February 6, but Kim still has not been able to get all of his players together for training at the one time.

23 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Hong Kong coach at odds with Kitchee over training

Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon puts his players - at least those that turned up - through their paces at Football Club. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong's preparations for the 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers have received a blow with leading club Kitchee at odds with the national team management over training schedules.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Time to worry about the unthinkable - failure

China watchers from near and far are searching during these remaining months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games for analogies and dichotomies to better understand and explain the host country.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am