Barclays Asia Trophy 2013

The Barclays Asia Trophy was played in Hong Kong from July 24 to 27 and saw Sunderland, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and South China compete. Manchester City were the winners, beating Sunderland 1–0 in the final. The tournament was dogged by issues with Hong Kong Stadium's waterlogged pitch, which was blamed for an ankle injury sustained by Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.

Staff of sodden Hong Kong Stadium pitch not up to scratch, official admits

Maintenance work is done before the July match. Photo: David Wong

Leisure and Cultural Services director Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, said employees working at the stadium cared very much for the condition of the pitch, but "there may be a discrepancy between their professional standards and the international standards of managing pitches".

Saturday, 9 November, 2013, 7:52am 6 comments

Burst underground pipe 'culprit' in Hong Kong Stadium pitch farce

HKFA chief executive says the grass should be replaced by a hybrid surface similar to that used at Wembley Stadium. Photo: SCMP

A burst underground pipe, and not heavy rain or an intense match schedule, was primarily at fault for the turf fiasco at the Hong Kong Stadium that threatened the Barclays Asia Trophy and Manchester United's exhibition game this summer.

1 Oct 2013 - 1:22pm

Experts scathing of management of Hong Kong Stadium pitch

Alex Glasgow, of the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute, at the stadium. Photo: May Tse

The battle over the pitch at Hong Kong Stadium has been going on almost since the venue reopened in 1994 - though never before has the turf, or lack of it, caught international attention in the way it has in recent weeks.

14 Aug 2013 - 4:21am 1 comment

Premier League visitors reveal how local game is far behind

Kitchee's Jorge Tarres and United's Alexander Buttner. Photo: AP

Fans spoilt for choice with four top tier teams showing just how unprofessional the local game really is compared with EPL.

2 Aug 2013 - 3:54am

Hong Kong Stadium's 'killer pitch' needs new management

Workers perform maintenance work on the turf of Hong Kong Stadium in Causeway Bay before the match between Kitchee and Manchester United. Photo: David Wong

The least that the world's most famous soccer team should expect when it comes to town is a pitch fit to play on. Yet when Manchester United took on Kitchee at our city's premier venue, the Hong Kong Stadium, its players encountered not well-prepared turf, but an unstable patchwork of grass and brown sand.

31 Jul 2013 - 4:53am

Artificial turf call by soccer chief after outcry over pitch

Mark Sutcliffe

The head of organised soccer in the city has called for the removal of the much-criticised playing surface at Hong Kong Stadium in favour of a hybrid one used at Wembley Stadium in London.

31 Jul 2013 - 7:37am

Leisure chief sorry for bad pitch

Workers try to repair the pitch on Monday. Photo: David Wong

Another top-level official apologised yesterday for the saga of Hong Kong Stadium's "substandard" pitch as Steven Lo Kit-sing, chairman and team manager of domestic champions South China, acknowledged that Tottenham Hotspur took charge of last-ditch repairs of the venue.

31 Jul 2013 - 4:08am

Premier League teams count cost of Asia tours

Matija Nastasic. Photo: Xinhua

The Premier League’s top teams swarmed to Asia chasing the region’s growing wealth and unquenchable thirst for English football, but they go home counting the fitness costs.

30 Jul 2013 - 3:19pm

Manchester United end Asian tour on high note, beating Kitchee 5-2

Lam Ka-wai of Kitchee scores a superb goal against United.

Manchester United completed their Asian Tour with a resounding 5-2 win over Kitchee, and left Hong Kong Stadium's much-maligned pitch injury-free and much the richer. A good night's work.

30 Jul 2013 - 1:31pm 1 comment

Home affairs minister promises to tackle poor state of Hong Kong Stadium

Man United's Anderson is confronted by Kitchee's Fernando Recio (left) and Matt Lam. Photo: Felix Wong

Manchester United boss David Moyes played down the poor condition of the pitch at Hong Kong Stadium last night as his side claimed victory over Kitchee.

But the home affairs minister apologised earlier for the sub-standard surface and promised a review to tackle the problem.

30 Jul 2013 - 8:56am 4 comments

Fans bask in reflected Manchester United glory

Manchester United fans snap photos of last night's match against home side Kitchee at Hong Kong Stadium last night. United were far too strong, winning 5-2.Photo: Felix Wong

If you weren't already suspicious about just how far Manchester United's influence reaches, yesterday's change in the weather might have had you looking to the heavens and pleading to the big guy upstairs "not you, too?"

30 Jul 2013 - 1:54am

Grass is greener, pitch quality better at private venue

The turf at Tseung Kwan O has coarse grains of sand. Photo: David Wong

The use of cheap sand and unsuitable grass is killing not only the Hong Kong Stadium pitch but also other popular soccer pitches across the city, a veteran turf specialist has warned.

30 Jul 2013 - 8:12am 1 comment

Man United vs Kitchee match kicks off with host of empty seats

Manchester United and Kitchee play on partly sandy ground during their friendly match at the Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of tickets worth thousands of dollars were left unsold as the highly anticipated soccer game between local heroes Kitchee and Manchester United kicked off last night.

30 Jul 2013 - 8:02am

Kitchee v Manchester United - Live blog

Fans of Manchester United snap photos of the match with Kitchee at Hong Kong Stadium, Causeway Bay. Photo: Felix Wong

Oh yes, Moyes also said he had no news about Rooney and Chelsea.

That'll do it for tonight, thanks for tuning in and see you next time.

David Moyes has been in to talk to the press. Extremely briefly. He played down concerns over the pitch

30 Jul 2013 - 1:54am 1 comment

Fans grab last-minute tickets for Manchester United versus Kitchee

Soccer fans queue for extra tickets at Hong Kong Stadium on Monday. Photo: Danny Lee

A trickle of dedicated Manchester United fans queued in the mid-morning heat at Hong Kong Stadium’s box office on Monday as word spread that plenty of tickets remained unsold for that night’s match.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am