Michael Church

Michael Church

Michael Church first started writing about football in Asia when he moved to Hong Kong in 1995 and he has covered every Asian Cup since 1996 and every World Cup since the finals were held in France in 1998. He spends much more time than is healthy sitting on planes and loitering in hotel lobbies and is also a committed fan of most things featuring loud, distorted guitars.

Latest from Michael Church

Fifa World Cup: unrecognisable Russia at odds with its history as the well-heeled pay almost US$20,000 for lavish finale
Fifa World Cup hot-takes: VAR, England, ‘It’s coming home’ memes and everything else we learned from Russia 2018
Fifa World Cup: China viewing figures skyrocket as Tencent piggybacks on TV ratings wave
Fifa World Cup: Wanda and Chinese sponsors don’t respect the rules … but that’s a good thing
Wanda’s World Cup offensive not just bandwagon jumping, insists CEO as it dominates the hoardings in Russia
Fifa World Cup: China ‘needs to protect IP’ if it hopes to host the finals, says official tickets right holder
Fifa World Cup organisers to crack down on counterfeiters after Chinese fans holding fraudulent tickets turned away from match
Fifa World Cup: China fan envy as Beijing casts covetous glances towards Japan and South Korea
Fifa World Cup 2018: Chinese fans fly the red flag high – thanks to close relations with Russia
Fifa World Cup: fans confused over Chinese companies despite huge presence in Russia
Fifa World Cup 2018: navigating the maddening Moscow Metro is driving football fans to despair in Russia
Fifa World Cup 2018: Chinese group gains lucrative commercial rights for football in Asia
Fifa World Cup 2026 voting precedent could hurt China’s hosting hopes due to Hong Kong and Macau links
China is making its mark at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but not on the pitch where it counts
Asian Cup draw: China face South Korea but Marcello Lippi confident of qualifying from group stage
Match-fixing still happening in Hong Kong, says soccer chief as he calls for legalised betting
Stakes are high for ‘Butcher’ Brian Fok but he is relishing meaty challenge of Uruguayan football
China held to a 1-1 draw by North Korea in Japan as late equaliser consigns Marcello Lippi’s team to third
The kids are all right: China soccer team is growing, says Marcello Lippi as coach turns to new generation
China’s East Asian Championship hopes end as Japan ride freak Gen Shoji goal to victory
Fitness concerns force Marcello Lippi to juggle his China squad for Japan game after tough Chinese Super League season
China’s future star Wei Shihao scores in 2-2 draw against South Korea
Marcello Lippi on a mission to boost China’s future, starting with clash against South Korea
Another gold for Hong Kong swim team as they thrash China and just miss out on record at Asian Indoor Games
Hong Kong’s Stephanie Au relishing her new role as team mentor as she strikes gold again in Ashgabat
Golden finish to track cycling events for Hong Kong at Asian Indoor Games as duo claim omnium titles
Hong Kong gold rush continues in Turkmenistan as Chan Kin-lok claims butterfly title
Hong Kong swimmers set record with gold medal relay performance at Asian Indoor Games
Hong Kong cycling star Sarah Lee makes it a hat trick of gold medals at Asian Indoor Games as she completes clean sweep
‘This is the most important’: Sarah Lee leads Hong Kong to gold in team sprint at Asian Indoor Games