Project Phoenix

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

Extension of Project Phoenix is pivotal to Hong Kong soccer's revival

Consistent, long-term government support through Project Phoenix is essential if the revitalisation of the Hong Kong team is to materialise, the side's newly appointed administrative manager, Szeto Man-chun, said.

The former Hong Kong international had been a back-office member of the national team set-up since retiring from club soccer in 2009, before taking up his new position.

30 May 2013 - 4:36am

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

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

Left Field: District teams need extra support

Senior Shield was a hollow victory for Wofoo Tai Po, as the tournament has been devalued by HKFA's introduction of the new Super Cup. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Listening to Chan Ping, club secretary of Senior Shield champions Wofoo Tai Po, you get the feeling that the reality in la-la land - aka the Hong Kong Football Association - is treacherous ground for district-based teams and that the much-hyped Project Phoenix is not worth the paper it is written on.

3 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Left Field: The time for excuses from Hong Kong athletes is over

Britain's Mo Farah celebrating after winning the men's 5000m final. Photo: AFP

The Mobot and Gangnam Style have been two of the lasting memories for me on the sporting field this past year - Mo Farah at the London Olympics and Chris Gayle during the final of the ICC World T20 in Colombo.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

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

Coach Ernie Merrick's departure will effect plan to revive local football

The resignation of Ernie Merrick impacts on the implementation of Project Phoenix.

Hong Kong soccer's multimillion-dollar blueprint to rise from the ashes has been damaged by the departure of national coach Ernie Merrick, a top government official admitted yesterday.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:00am

Head coach Ernie Merrick resigns after nine months on the job

Ernie Merrick

A relationship "that clearly wasn't working" ended yesterday when the Hong Kong Football Association announced head coach Ernie Merrick was leaving.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Hong Kong defeat gives Sutcliffe glimpse of huge challenge

Malaysia's Azammuddin Mohd Akil beats Hong Kong's Cheung Kin-fung to the ball in last night's international friendly at Mong Kok Stadium. Photo: Felix Wong

"It's not the end of the world". That was the verdict from Mark Sutcliffe, the new chief executive of the Hong Kong Football Association, after watching the national team in action for the first time.

17 Oct 2012 - 1:28am