Lunar New Year Cupi

The Lunar New Year Cup is an annual football competition organised by the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) since 1908. It is usually held on the first and fourth days of the Chinese New Year as a part of the city's new year celebrations. Formerly known as the Carlsberg Cup, Brazil, Norway, Uruguay and Denmark national sides have previously competed in the competition. In recent years, the mini-tournament has consisted of club sides from Asia and the Americas, and a representative Hong Kong select.

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Football Association chairman Pui Kwan-kay says there are no plans to extend the season beyond June even if it suffers further disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Several of the Brazil legend’s 1,281 career goals came in Hong Kong on tour with club side Santos, while his trip to the city in 1970 had an inadvertent effect on the local game.

Lunar New Year Cup showcase game cancelled because of Wuhan coronavirus but HKFA’s Betty Wong wants annual game, while Ricardo Rambo wants to change thinking that women’s game is mere recreation.

The worst-case scenario may see two local sides against each other in blow to traditional new year event with the annual Interport Cup against Guangdong also put on hold.