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World gets in the mood for love

Romantics around the world prepare to take their loved ones somewhere extra special for the day of the year most associated with love. 

Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 1:29am

Soccer dream over for Hong Kong businessmen Carson Yeung and Balram Chainrai

Balram Chainrai (left) and Carson Yeung at the cup match. Photo: AP

Ask fans of English Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester City what they think of their foreign owners, and they'll cheer them to the rafters.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:27am 4 comments

Chainrai could own Portsmouth for a third time

Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai has confirmed he made an offer to buy back English soccer club Portsmouth despite still being owned GBP19 million (HK$233.44 million) by the stricken club. If he succeeds, it will be his third stint as owner.

Chainrai said yesterday he made an offer to buy the club from its administrators, PKF.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chainrai joins waterfront Ferris wheel project

Flamboyant Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai has thrown his considerable clout behind the Dubai-based company that wants to erect a giant Ferris wheel on the Central waterfront.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'My one regret is not beating Chelsea'

Given all he's been through, you'd have thought that, before the ink had even dried on the deal to finally sell Portsmouth FC to their new Russian owners, Balram Chainrai would have been dancing a jig round his office and high-fiving anyone within range.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Chainrai's reign at Pompey is over

Balram Chainrai's eventful tenure as owner of Portsmouth is over.

The Hong Kong businessman has struck a deal with Russian consortium Convers Sport Initiatives (CSI) and they will be the new owners of the Championship club as soon as next week. It is now down to the Football League to ratify the deal. Once this takes place Chainrai will be out of the equation.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Pompey takeover bid hits snag

Not only has Portsmouth been prevented from exiting administration this week, but also potential buyer Balram Chainrai has been stopped from buying the club outright and selling it on for a tidy sum.

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

I've got nothing to hide, says ChainraiI've got nothing to hide, says Chainrai

After weeks of speculation and hearsay from the media in Britain, Portsmouth soccer club's Hong Kong owner Balram Chainrai wants to put it on the record once and for all - he has nothing to hide.

'I'm not a money lender, I'm a businessman. My involvement in Portsmouth is purely business. There's been absolute transparency all the way from my side,' he said.

7 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Another Hongkonger helms UK soccer club

Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai yesterday said he had no interest in owning struggling English Premier League soccer club Portsmouth and had only taken over the reins 'to remove the previous owners'.

5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Students voice opinions

Ten students from Hong Kong are today set to attend a planning summit for student involvement in schools with their counterparts from Portsmouth in Britain.

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

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There could be no clearer sign that the FA Cup has lost much of its old appeal than the words uttered this week by Harry Redknapp: 'We've a game at Man United that really is so secondary to me now. We're in a relegation battle and I can't risk Jamie O'Hara, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson at Old Trafford.'

24 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

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Sam Allardyce's departure from Newcastle has sent shockwaves through the Premier League and in particular at Portsmouth, whose manager Harry Redknapp was quickly identified as the number one choice to take over at St James' Park.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

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This weekend's English Premier League programme offers an ideal opportunity to assess whether it really is becoming a league of two halves. All 10 games feature a match-up between a team from the top half of the table against a bottom-half team, and more pertinently six of the games feature a foreign-owned top-half club against a British-owned bottom-half club.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Reds set to hit Pompey with their top line-up

Gerrard fitness boost for Benitez ahead of final

Liverpool will field their strongest side when they take on Portsmouth in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy tonight.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


Each week our expert tipster Nick Pulford suggests his pick of the fixtures to offer the best return to risk ratio for a $1,000 bet.

This week:

$200 win on Aston Villa (v Everton), $200 win on Newcastle (v Portsmouth), $200 win on Deportivo (v Valencia), $200 win on Spurs (v Middlesbrough), $200 win on Bochum (v Dortmund).

25 Oct 2003 - 12:00am