Brazil great Zico was the first big-name overseas player in Japan’s J.League when he signed for Kashima Antlers in 1991. Photo: AFP Brazil great Zico was the first big-name overseas player in Japan’s J.League when he signed for Kashima Antlers in 1991. Photo: AFP
Brazil great Zico was the first big-name overseas player in Japan’s J.League when he signed for Kashima Antlers in 1991. Photo: AFP

AFC hails Hong Kong’s role in opening Asian football to foreign talent

  • AFC general secretary Windsor John says Hong Kong has been among the pioneers of Asian football, providing the body with its first four presidents
  • Hong Kong’s decision to bring in Asia’s first professionals from outside the region in 1970 opened the door for other countries to follow suit

Topic |   Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA)
Brazil great Zico was the first big-name overseas player in Japan’s J.League when he signed for Kashima Antlers in 1991. Photo: AFP Brazil great Zico was the first big-name overseas player in Japan’s J.League when he signed for Kashima Antlers in 1991. Photo: AFP
Brazil great Zico was the first big-name overseas player in Japan’s J.League when he signed for Kashima Antlers in 1991. Photo: AFP
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