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.
Hong Kong Football Association pulls the plug on its Lunar New Year Cup for a fourth year, but says international football will return next summer.
Visitors range from Pele, Eusebio and Franz Beckenbauer in the 1970s to star-studded Liverpool and Manchester City teams in recent seasons.
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.
The hope is that things will quickly get back to normal in 2021, but many Hong Kong staples are yet to be scheduled for the coming year.
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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.
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Potential health risks too great, says Football Association chairman Pui Kwan-kay, as Hong Kong tightens monitoring of the virus.
HKFA wants the traditional showpiece to continue despite the lukewarm response from overseas clubs who opted out of sending a team to the city
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.
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City residents take in traditional festivities, heading to the soccer and making offerings to the Wishing Tree.
Superstar names have graced the pitch at Hong Kong Stadium and several have gone on to lift the trophy
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The Hong Kong Football Association had earlier said the event would remain the same as last year with two local sides playing against each other