Football in Hong Kong

Hong Kong soccer clubs wonder when Project Phoenix funds will help them

Pui Kwan-kay. Photo: Felix Wong

The government-sponsored Project Phoenix was supposed to revamp Hong Kong soccer from top to bottom. Midway into its three-year cycle, it has achieved half its goal - those at the top are doing well indeed, much to the chagrin of other stakeholders.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:55am

Filipinos provoked local soccer fans, says supporters' club

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A Hong Kong soccer supporters' club has hit back at Filipino fans who were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by people in a home crowd during an international friendly on Tuesday.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am 5 comments

No joy for Kim as Hong Kong edged by Filipinos

HK coach Kim Pan-gon got off to a losing start. Photo: May Tse

Kim Pan-gon got off to a losing start in his second reign as Hong Kong permanent head coach as his charges were defeated 1-0 by the Philippines in an international friendly at Mong Kok Stadium.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:58am 2 comments

Kim Pan-gon appointed Hong Kong head coach until December 2015

Kim Pan-gon is now head coach of Hong Kong. Photo: May Tse

Kim Pan-gon has been appointed Hong Kong head coach on a deal lasting until December 2015, beyond the scheduled end of the government-funded Project Phoenix that pays for the role.

29 May 2013 - 5:46am

Bitter-sweet farewell as Gombau seeks last win

Outgoing Kitchee head coach Josep Gombau. Photo: Felix Wong

Outgoing Kitchee head coach Josep Gombau has mixed feelings as he takes charge of his last match in Hong Kong against Tuen Mun in the season play-off final at Mong Kok Stadium.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

Soccer centre should be shared

Hong Kong Jockey Club will be footing the bill for construction of the national soccer training centre at Tseung Kwan O.

The contentious issue as to how a new national soccer training centre at Tseung Kwan O would be financially run once it is built has at last been resolved with the government agreeing to underwrite the costs for 10 years. It is a shame such an arrangement couldn't have been agreed right from the outset when the idea of a home for football was originally mooted - it would have saved hundreds of millions of dollars.

26 May 2013 - 8:40am

Wofoo Tai Po vow return to top flight after play-off defeat against Tuen Mun

Wofoo Tai Po lost 2-1 to Tuen Mun. Photo: Xinhua

Already relegated to the Second Division by finishing bottom of the RedMR First Division, Tai Po lost 2-1 to Tuen Mun in the end-of-season play-offs.

19 May 2013 - 5:00am

Sir Alex Ferguson won't be coming to Hong Kong

Alex Ferguson (right) at Hong Kong Stadium in 2005.

Ferguson, 71, who retires after United's last match of the season today, will continue to be an ambassador for the club. Allen did not say why he would not be travelling with the squad, but the British media reported last week that Ferguson planned a short holiday before having hip replacement surgery in July.

19 May 2013 - 7:42am

Gonzalez missile lands FA Cup for Kitchee

Kitchee players celebrate after defeating Sun Pegasus 1-0 in yesterday's FA Cup final at Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: Nora Tam

The former Spain Under-21 international powered home from 25 metres out early in the second half, handing Kitchee a 1-0 win as well as their only silverware of the season, having surrendered the league championship to South China and defeat in the Senior Shield quarter-finals.

12 May 2013 - 5:06am

Former soccer giants Valley and Eastern toast return to top flight

Players observing a minute's silence in 2011 for Valley former skipper Cheung Sai-ho, who committed suicide. During their celebrations, Valley displayed the No 8 jersey worn by Cheung. Photo: SCMP

Valley, six-times former Hong Kong champions, thrashed Double Flower 5-0 in the final round of matches yesterday, while four-times champions Eastern, now playing as Eastern Solon, beat Sha Tin 2-0.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Tai Po relegated after Yokohama's stoppage time equaliser

South China players celebrate winning the RedMR First Division despite losing the final match of their campaign 4-3 against Sun Hei at Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: Edward Wong

Senior Shield champions Tai Po were leading 2-1 against Yokohama after Aender Mesquita scored in the 90th minute, a result that would have ensured their survival in the top flight. Instead, Japanese striker Kenji Fukuda scored the equaliser in stoppage, relegating Tai Po to the Second Division next season.

5 May 2013 - 4:00am

Half-time in Hong Kong soccer's revival

Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon. Photo: XInhua

The halfway stage has been reached in the government-funded Project Phoenix. The three-year term of the programme to boost local soccer started in November 2011 and is slowly starting to show results.

5 May 2013 - 4:03am

Gonzalez double takes Kitchee into FA Cup final

South China's Man Pei-tak battles Pablo Counago of Kitchee. Photo: Dickson Lee

Kitchee beat rivals South China 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals, second leg at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday for a 3-1 aggregate victory.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Sun Pegasus reach first cup final of season

Chan Chi-hong, Sun Pegasus coach

Sun Pegasus coach Chan Chi-hong has challenged his players to maintain their improved performance after reaching their first cup final of the season.

28 Apr 2013 - 6:29am

South China skipper Lee favourite for top award

Lee Chi-ho. Photo: David Wong

The 30-year-old Lee is one of two South China players nominated by the club for the two central defence positions. The other is Chan Wai-ho. A team of 11 players will be selected, with the player winning the most votes crowned Footballer of the Year.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:00am