Teenage football lovers shared the spotlight with some of their heroes playing in the Hong Kong First Division, in the adidas Predator Cup, at Hong Kong Sports Institute last weekend. It is not often that youngsters can rub shoulders with star players from the Hong Kong league - and they made the most of the occasion. Besides learning from the masters how to play the four-on-four game, which has taken off in Europe, the children had a chance to talk to their heroes and get their autographs. They were also busy playing their own matches. 'It's rare to share the same pitch with the best players in the First Division, and it was a pleasure to play and watch at the same time,' said 16-year-old John Poon. All seven Hong Kong First Division teams competed in the event, giving the tournament a tremendous boost and appeal. More than 1,000 spectators attended the two-day tournament. The inaugural Predator Cup featured 280 teams - an enormous figure, considering the tournament was making its debut here. It was first launched in Germany last year. 'This form of football is not just a game,' said Eric Wong, marketing manager of adidas. 'The training can be applied to formal soccer. Playing on turf proved attractive to youngsters. The applications far exceeded our expectations.'