Association Football Culture

Variety and chance to learn give Sevens lasting allure

Year after year, they keep coming back: Celtic, Rangers, Aston Villa, Ajax. The list of big clubs who love the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens is long, but what is it that makes this unusual tournament unique?

Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am

World Cup fever brings bonus of improved English as local fans soak up commentary

It appears that the World Cup has had an interesting effect on the deteriorating English-language skills in this town.

With i-Cable holding a monopoly on the TV broadcasting rights to all the World Cup games, those who are not subscribers to the pay-TV service have been forced to find other ways to get their soccer fix.

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church In South Africa

Sandton's neon lights are ablaze barely a kilometre from Innisfree Park, the green glow from Johannesburg's glitziest and wealthiest district illuminating the sky above. Below is Nelson Mandela Square, where well-heeled South Africans and foreign visitors congregate to create a cultural melting pot beneath the eponymous statue at the centre of the plaza.

18 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Another own goal as CCTV fails to cover rare win

Fans of the Chinese men's soccer team have tasted disappointment once again, but this time it had nothing to do with corruption or gambling scandals.

Instead, they missed out on seeing a historic 3-0 thumping of South Korea - the first in 32 years of clashes - that should have been broadcast live by state broadcaster China Central Television.

12 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

The answer to your prayers - a pilgrimage to the holy land of soccer

Soccer is a religion in Hong Kong, especially when it comes to English Premier League matches. So sports commentator Keyman Ma Kai-yan is planning to take the faithful on a pilgrimage to England, the holy land of soccer, in what has been billed as the first religious tour of its kind.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Going global must serve soccer's wider interests

Hong Kong sports fans have shown they cannot get enough of world-class events. So it is good news for the city's legion of soccer fans that the English Premier League is considering playing matches in cities overseas, possibly including Hong Kong. Our city has already shown it is well suited to the hosting of top soccer teams, albeit usually for exhibition matches.

10 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Fascism stalks Italy's stadiums

After a difficult victory against Scotland last week at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, Italy's footballers qualified to take part in the 2008 European Championships.

2 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Schools set for football fever

When the sun rises next, the sports extravaganza that football fans around the world have waited for will have begun.

The 2006 Fifa World Cup will kick off in Munich, Germany, at midnight tonight when the hosts take on underdogs Costa Rica, following the opening ceremony.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Watching soccer finals is good for men's minds

The exhilaration and torment of watching World Cup soccer helps men express their emotions and is beneficial for mental health, a British survey has found.

Two-thirds of 500 men interviewed by the Mental Health Foundation said soccer helps them to share their feelings with other men, while 76 per cent said they would not be embarrassed to hug their friends during a match.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Midnight matches make for headache

Employers can brace for sleepy heads during Euro 2004, and plenty of claims for sick leave

13 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Christmas cheer for junior soccer fans

The Hong Kong Football Academy is organising a Christmas holiday camp for children aged five to 12 years to improve their soccer skills, while helping them to have fun through football-related games and matches.

The three-day soccer camps will be held concurrently at King George V School and Discovery Bay Marina Club from December 22-24 and December 29-31.

24 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Star-struck fans

TONIGHT AT Hong Kong Stadium, dreams come true for local football fans, and an audience of millions in 25 countries around the world will tune in to watch Real Madrid play a Hong Kong-China team live on television.

8 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Soccer corruption probe goes to top

The highest prosecutors' office is investigating the role of several of China's top soccer referees in alleged match-rigging.

Xinhua quoted a judicial source as saying the Supreme People's Procuratorate had classified the alleged match-rigging as commercial bribery.

14 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Ball Watching

Good news for British fans. Both England and Scotland will be seen live in World Cup qualifying action this weekend. And there's a bonus for England fans with Wednesday's away match in Albania being a surprise addition to the listings.

23 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

High-quality women's soccer has a large following

I refer to the letter by Stewart McGlynn headlined, 'Mediocre matches' (South China Morning Post, September 21).

26 Sep 2000 - 12:00am