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.

Aleksandar Jankovic confident he can overcome difficulties that have blighted football in China over last 3 years to build towards January’s Asian Cup finals in Qatar.

Du Zhaocai finishes last out of seven candidates in re-election with just 18 votes. Hong Kong football boss Eric Fok voted back in unopposed for AFC executive committee post.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Al Nassr on bumper pay deal captured global attention, but in an alternate world he may well have been destined for a move to Chinese Super League.


As Lionel Messi defined an era with his World Cup victory with Argentina, so another came to an end as the curtain fell on Qatar 2022 in the most spectacular fashion.

“First of all, we need to save a spot for him for the next World Cup,” said Lionel Scaloni about Lionel Messi after Sunday’s victory over France.

The likes of South America, Saudi Arabia and Morocco gained ground as potential destinations during China’s Covid isolation and crackdown on property developers.

A triumph in Qatar could help determine which of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is deemed the ‘greatest of all time’ – or at least of their generation.

Chelsea winger’s goal just before half-time enough to settle encounter in Doha. Americans underline growing status with performance that highlights promise of Greg Berhalter’s side.

Just two players contracted to Chinese clubs are involved in Qatar, in stark contrast to 2018 when country’s spending power ensured prominent presence on the game’s greatest stage.

The journey from bid’s start in 2010 has been anything but smooth for host nation, but they’ll get the tournament under way tomorrow against Ecuador.


Fifa Women’s World Cup will be good gauge of size of gap that needs to be closed, but as beleaguered men’s game in China has shown, money on its own will not deliver results.

Two goals in a minute give hosts a comfortable win at Mongkok Stadium, as team makes its long-awaited return to home soil for first time in almost three years.

Kitchee ‘didn’t even look like the team that played in the group stage’, veteran says after last-16 exit that could mark end of his record-breaking ACL career.

Hong Kong Premier League champions first team from territory to reach knockout rounds of AFC Champions League, but face a stiff challenge against BG Pathum United.

Coach Jorn Andersen is hoping Hong Kong’s domestic football scene can avoid any further disruptions in the lead-up to next year’s Asian Cup after the Norwegian guided the territory’s team to the continental finals for the first time since 1968.