Football in Hong Kong

East Asian Cup qualification goes to the wire

Hong Kong's Lo Kwan-Yee and Taiwan's Lo Chih-an in action during the hosts' 2-0 win at Hong Kong Stadium last night. Photo: Dickson Lee

Qualification for the 2013 East Asian Cup finals will come down to the last day after Australia thrashed Guam 9-0 at Hong Kong Stadium last night.

Saturday, 8 December, 2012, 2:28am

Lunar New Year Cup may be cancelled; quality teams needed

Organisers are racing against time to secure quality overseas teams for February's Lunar New Year Cup tournament - failing which, they could opt to shelve the popular tournament for a year.

8 Dec 2012 - 1:54am

Soccer: Hong Kong's amateur Yau Yee League still relevant

Soccer: Hong Kong's amateur Yau Yee League still relevant

In soccer, as in chemistry, a heady, heterogeneous mixture can be amazingly potent, but also precariously volatile. So, if we add some seasoned professionals to a fresh bunch of amateurs and stir it up, what do we get? The Yau Yee League - a "friendship" league forged of players, coaches and match officials of varying abilities, cultures, experiences and talents.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:04am

Hong Kong face Taiwan aiming to build on Australia performance

Kim Pan-gon

Hong Kong will have to prove their encouraging game against Australia was not just a flash in the pan as they start afresh in the 2013 East Asian Cup qualifiers today against Taiwan.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:04am

Australia struggle against Hong Kong in East Asian Cup

Holger Osieck has angered some local fans. Photo: EPA

As Hong Kong proved on Monday night, a country's world ranking means nothing on the field of play.

Australia, ranked 33rd in the world, struggled against the 172-ranked hosts at Mong Kok Stadium, winning 1-0 in the East Asian Cup qualifiers, the deciding goal coming in the 85th minute.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:16am

Brave Hong Kong can't quite deny Australia

Kwok Kin-pong and Lee Chi-ho battle with Australia's Archie Thompson. Photo: David Wong

Head coach Kim Pan-gon hailed a U-turn in his players' attitude as a spirited Hong Kong side came close to pulling off a big surprise against Australia, who are 139 positions higher in the world rankings.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:37am

We're not afraid of Australia, says Hong Kong skipper Chan

Hong Kong's Luk Chi-ho takes on Guam's Scott Guerrero and Dylan Naputi in their EAFF East Asian Cup match yesterday. Photo: Nora Tong

Hong Kong will face possibly their toughest task in the East Asian Cup qualifiers when they take on Australia in their second match at Mong Kok Stadium tonight.

With Hong Kong ranked 172nd in the world and Australia 33, it is no wonder many are calling it a David v Goliath match.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:01am

Sports Digest, November 22, 2012

Hector "Macho" Camacho. Photo: AP

Former world boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho was in critical condition yesterday, after being shot in his native Puerto Rico.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:36am

'Missing' Chan Siu-ki back training with Hong Kong national team

Striker Chan Siu-ki is back training with the national side.

Chan Siu-ki returned to national team training yesterday, refuting rumours that he did not want to play for the side and lifting their hopes for the East Asian Cup qualifiers, which start in Hong Kong in 10 days' time.

21 Nov 2012 - 1:01am

Lady Luck shines on Caroliners

South China's Mauro da Silva tries to beat the challenges of Kitchee defender Liu Quankun and captain Lo Kwan-yee. Photo: Sam Tsang

A little luck made all the difference as South China scraped through to a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Kitchee in their Canbo Senior Shield second-round, first-leg match at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday.

18 Nov 2012 - 1:50am

Kitchee face South China without playmaker Lam

Kitchee remain determined to prevail in their crucial Senior Shield encounter with arch-rivals South China despite the absence of playmaker Lam Ka-wai.

The two heavyweight sides will meet in a second-round first-leg match at Hong Kong Stadium today and both are affected by the midweek international friendly in which Hong Kong drew 1-1 with Malaysia.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

Hong Kong matches just as thrilling as English Premier League

A fiery match - the 97th-minute winner by South China against arch rivals and reigning champions Kitchee.

A 10-goal thriller was the outstanding highlight last week in Hong Kong's beleaguered domestic league. Our unheralded league contains as many controversies, comebacks and colourful characters as the ever-entertaining English Premier League, and if these are the bare necessities of great soccer than Hong Kong deserves more attention than it receives.

17 Nov 2012 - 12:28pm

Coach Kim aims to make Hong Kong proud again in 2nd foray

Kim Pan-gon

The spotlight will be on coach Kim Pan-gon as he directs Hong Kong against home side Malaysia in a return international friendly at Kuala Lumpur's Shah Alam Stadium tonight.

14 Nov 2012 - 2:43am

Southern delight as they rise from the depths of the Hong Kong First Division

Newly promoted Southern registered their first win in the top flight yesterday, lifting themselves off the bottom of the table. However, Sunray Cave Sun Hei's struggles continued when they lost to Sun Pegasus.

4 Nov 2012 - 2:16am

Left field: Project Phoenix becoming a white elephant

Ernie Merrick falls foul of HKFA internal politics. He lasted nine months.

The high churn rate of national coaches is a damning statistic that the Hong Kong Football Association cannot afford to blithely ignore with the government's big investment in the sport. Ernie Merrick was the latest casualty, taking the number of coaches who have come and gone since 2000 to 10. It seems the hot seat is busier than the MTR at rush hour.

4 Nov 2012 - 3:39am