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Tycoon Carson Yeung swoops on Premiership (10-Jul-2007)
Carson Yeung, boss of Grandtop International Holdings Ltd., has becomes the single largest shareholder of the English Premiership club Birmingham City after buying a 29.9 per cent stake. Yeung's presence on the Birmingham board suggests the club will have more financial muscle to compete in the Premiership. There could also be benefit for the blues to expand their fan base in Asia. "This is the first time for a Hong Kong people to buy an English Premier League team" said Phillip Lee, secretary of Hong Kong Rangers. "He is a successful businessman and will bring us a new concept on football management." Meanwhile, Birmingham have completed the signing of French international midfielder Olivier Kapo from Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

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China-Hong Kong XI win Reunification Cup (2-Jul-2007)
China-Hong Kong XI team beat FIFA World Stars 2-0 in the the 10th Anniversary Reunification Cup at Hong Kong stadium yesterday. In front of 40,000 attendance, the visitors were not fit enough for the game and Hong Kong's rising star Lo Kwan-yee helped the hosts to take control of the midfield. In the 41st minute, Zhao Xuri walloped the opener from 30 yards after veteran left-back Poon Yiu-cheuk dribbled through the heart of the visitors defence. Then, Shao Jiayi made it 2-0 in the second half after rifling in a left-footed shot from 35 yards. Earlier, Miroslav Klose and Hamit Altintop helped Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Brazilian champions Sao Paulo 2-1. [Results]

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Hong Kong crash out of EAFF Championship (25-Jun-2007)
Hong Kong crashed out of the East Asian Championship after slumping to a 1-0 defeat by DPR Korea in Macau yesterday. Hong Kong was the better side in the second half. However, DPR Korea's Mun In-guk buried a free-kick on 82 minutes to settle the game. DPR Korea now advance to the final competition, featuring China, Japan and Korea Republic in Chongqing. Earlier, Chinese Taipei beat Macau 7-2 to clinch third place. Mongolia beat Guam 5-2 to finish fifth.

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Hong Kong thrash Guam 15-1 (22-Jun-2007)
Hong Kong imposed 15-1 win over Guam in Macau to advance to the final of the preliminary competition of the East Asian Championship. The match proved to be one-sided event with Hong Kong dominating the field all the time. Hong Kong went into the break 9-1 up as Guam defended stoutly. But in the end they were no match for the more experienced Hong Kong side who added six more goals in the second half to establishing themselves as the leaders of Group B and qualify to the Preliminary final against the North Koreans. In another match of the day, Korea DPR beat hosts Macau 7-1.

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Nakata set for Reunification Cup (15-Jun-2007)
According to FIFA, Japanese star Hidetoshi Nakata will lead a distinguished group of veterans including Christian Karembeu, Plover Kahn, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Michael Essien for the FIFA World Stars team in the Reunification Cup 2007, which celebrating ten years since Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule. On July 1, Bayern Munich will play the opening match against Sao Paulo. Then, the FIFA World Stars will play a China-Hong Kong selection team at Hong Kong Stadium.

 

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Lee names squad for friendlies (31-May-2007)
Hong Kong caretaker coach Lee Kin-wo has named a 25-strong squad for the upcoming friendlies against Indonesia, Macau and a training camp in China. Lee have called up Sun Hei captain Cordeiro, Happy Valley's Ambassa Guy and veteran goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip, while rising stars Chan Siu-ki, Sham Kwok-keung and Leung Chun-pong were also in the lists. But the coach has left out Shanghai Shenhua defender Ng Wai-chiu, who suffered from an knee injury during a training session for the Chinese Super League giants. "These players reflect my message. I have called up only those players who have been playing continuously well." said Lee. Hong Kong take on Asian Cup 2007 co-hosts Indonesia in Jakarta on Friday. Then, they have a training camp in China before the East Asian Championship Preliminary Competition.

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Jardel in South China link (27-May-2007)
According to a local press, Brazilian striker Mário Jardel is set to sign for league champions South China. Jardel, playing for Cypriot club Anorthosis FC this season, was two-time European "Golden Boot" winner and capped 10 times for Brazil national team. Before joining Anorthosis, he played for FC Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Galatasaray. South China's scout already got in touch with Jardel's agent, while Jardel also expected to extent his professional career here.

 

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Sun Hei storm into last eight (23-May-2007)
Xianguxe Sun Hei storm into the quarterfinals of AFC Cup after hammering Vietmanese champions Hao Phat Hanoi 7-4 at Mong Kok Stadium here overnight. Although Sun Hei have already qualified for the last eight before this match, the Hong Kong giants still produced an entertaining spectacle that brought a flurry of goals. Brazilian playmaker Freitas scored a hat-trick, while Hong Kong Internationals Chu Siu-kei and Colly Ezech also scored a brace to establish the big win for Sun Hei. "We had already qualified so we could go out and play quite freely. We could just attack, attack, attack, which is why we scored seven goals. Sun Hei's Malaysian head coach Koo Luam Khen said.


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Li Haiqiang named Footballer of the Year (22-May-2007)
South China's captain Li Haiqiang beat Sun Hei's Cristiano Cordeiro to win this year's Hong Kong Footballer of the Year award. The award were chosen by a combination of media votes, fans votes, and voting of coaches and general managers. Elsewhere, South China boss Casemiro Mior has won Manager of the Year, while Kitchee's Chan Siu-ki and Citizen's Leung Chun-pong has been named Young Player of the Year. As part of the awards ceremony, the FA also named the best XI of the League that included Zhang Chunhui, Chan Wai-ho, Detinho, Li Haiqiang, Ivan Jevic, Keith Gumbs, Monteiro, Gerard Ambassa Guy, Cordeiro, Law Chi Kwan and Christian Annan.
[List of Awards]

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Mission Hills Cup to be held on August 10 (21-May-2007)
Spanish giants Barcelona, Kitchee and Happy Valley jointly announced that the Mission Hills Cup will be played on August 10. Barcelona will face a Mission Hills Invitational team, which were formed by both Kitchee and Happy Valley players, as part of their Asian tour. Barcelona features world's premier players, including Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Deco and Messi. Tickets are available for sale on July 14.

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South China win FA Cup (20-May-2007)

South China overcame valiant Happy Valley and recorded a 3-1 win to lift the Lanwa International FA Cup on a rainy day at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday. In the 22nd minute, EPL referee Mike Riley gave South China a penalty-kick after Evanor brought down 'bomber' Detinho in the box. The 'bomber' eased to finish it. Chan Chi-hong then added another five minutes later. After the restart, Happy Valley enjoyed plenty of touches and Poon Yiu-cheuk pulled one back from the penalty spot. However, Cheng Siu-wai tapped a driven Schutz cross to ensure South China's season ended on a high. After the victory, South China win a $580,000 winning prize plus a ticket for the English Premier League Asia Trophy 2007. The Caroliners will take on UEFA Cup finalists Liverpool in the first round on July 24.

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Football Fever in Hong Kong (12-May-2007)
Football fever quickly spread across the harbour after seven top-flight teams confirmed their Hong Kong tour this summer. The fever will kick off by the 2007 English Premier League Asian Trophy, which included UEFA Champions League finalists Liverpool, Portsmouth, Fulham and Hong Kong FA Cup champions in July. Then, either China national team or Hong Kong XI will play FIFA World Stars team in the Reunification Memorial Cup, while Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich will play Brazilian champions Sao Paulo. In August, a Kitchee-Happy Valley selection team will meet Spanish giants Barcelona, who promised to field their big names like Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Deco and Messi. Hong Kong fans were exper enjoy a fruitful summer here. [Fixtures]

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Sun Hei seal top spot (10-May-2007)
Xiangxue Sun Hei sealed top spot in Group D and booked a place in the AFC Cup quarter-finals thanks to a 2-0 victory against Victory SC of Maldives in Male overnight. Sun Hei were the better side in the first half and they opened the scoring after 13 minutes through Hong Kong Internationals Colly Ezeh. Brazilian striker Freitas added a second when he sent a fantastic free-kick to the top-right corner from a long range. Sun Hei eventually won 2-0 and recorded their fourth win in five matches. "I am very happy that we win 3 points here." Sun Hei head coach Koo Luam Khen said. "We tried to control the game and we managed to do it." The win left Sun Hei atop the table with 12 points, six clear of second-placed Negeri Sembilan of Malaysia.

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Happy Valley edge New Radiant 2-1 (9-May-2007)
Happy Valley kept alive their hopes of reaching the last eight of AFC Cup with a vital 2-1 win over Maldives champions New Radiant at Mong Kok Stadium overnight. Happy Valley took the lead just 19 minutes when playmaker Monteiro curled a fantastic right-foot shot from the edge of the area. Happy Valley dominated the game and Hong Kong Internationals Gerard Ambassa Guy made it 2-0 through a powerful header after the restart. Abdul Ghani Assad scored a late penalty for the visitors. Happy Valley eventually sealed a 2-1 victory over the Maldivian side.

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Barcelona confirmed Hong Kong tour (5-May-2007)
A Happy Valley-Kitchee selection team will play Spanish league champions Barcelona on an invitational cup on Aug 10. The spokeswoman of Barcelona said that their big names such as Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Deco and Messi were promised to visit here. They will also include a match in Japan as a part of Asian tour. According to a local press, the Spanish giants would be paid a total of 2.4 million US dollars to travel here. Besides, top-flight clubs like Liverpool, Portsmouth, Fulham, Bayern Munich and Sao Paulo were also confirmed their Hong Kong tour this summer.

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Detinho shine as South China crown League champions (28-Apr-2007)
South China crowned the League title after beating Lanwa Redbull 3-1 at Dongguan Stadium yesterday. South China's first league title in 7 years was enabled by a hat-trick by 'the Caroline's bomber' Detinho. Lanwa's Lin Zhong scored in the 49th minute but that's all. It was South China's day when the final whistle was blown. South China now have 42 points, three more than Kitchee with a better head-to-head record. Thus, the result of Kitchee-Citizen match on Saturday will be only of an academic interest.

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Happy Valley keep hope alive (25-Apr-2007)
Happy Valley kept hope alive in advancing to the quarter-finals of AFC Cup after beating Indian Champions Mahindra United 2-1 at Mong Kok Stadium overnight. The visitors claimed victories in their opening three games of the tournament, but struggled to repeat that type of form here. Law Chun-bong scored a brace in the first half before Yakuba Yusif reduced the deficit for the visitors. The victory helped Happy Valley to reduce the gap to Mahindra United to three points. In another match, Xiangxue Sun Hei slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia.

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Hong Kong edge Malaysia 1-0 (19-Apr-2007)
Yip Chi-ho's first minute goal helped Hong Kong got full points at the MPPJ Stadium in Kuala Lumpur overnight. Hong Kong got off to a bright start and Rangers striker Yip Chi-ho opening the scoring for Hong Kong as early as the first minute. Then, the SAR boys played more defensive role but Malaysia failed to beat bravely keeper Li Jian. Hong Kong eventually edge Malaysia 1-0. The SAR boys are now looking to continue their winning streak when they take on Syria on May 16. In another group game, Japan secured their spot in the final round with a 2-0 win over Syria.
[Fixture & Result]

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South China thrash Rangers 3-0 (9-Apr-2007)
South China thrashed Rangers 3-0 and bagged three points in the 16th round of first division at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday. Brazilian striker Schutz opened the scoring before Detinho hit a double to seal the victory. In other match of the day, Akosah's hat trick helped Kitchee beat Lanwa Redbull 3-2. The win keeps Kitchee's
hope alive for chasing the league champions title. They will play South China in a vital first division match on April 15.

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East Asian Championship Preliminary Round draw (1-Apr-2007)
EAFF has made the official draw for the preliminary round of East Asian Championship 2008 recently. Hong Kong will face Guam / Northern Mariana and Chinese Taipei in Group B while DPR Korea, Macau and Mongolia were in Group A. The HK team, who reached the final competition in 2003, will play their opening match against the winners between Guam and Northern Mariana on June 19. The group toppers will play a final match and the winners will join Japan, Korea Republic and hosts China in the final competition.
[Draw Result]

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Hong Kong 08 earn first win (23-Mar-2007)
Hong Kong 08 earned their first win in the first division this season after beating H.K.F.C. 2-1 at the H.K.F.C. stadium overnight. The hosts were first to threaten and former Hong Kong international Lawrence Akandu headed home the opening goal in the 8th miunte. However, So Wai-chuen restored the parity for Hong Kong 08 towards the interval. Hong Kong 08 made an impressive start to the second period and came the late score from Chan Man-fai to record their first win this season.

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Sun Hei maintain perfect record (21-Mar-2007)
Xiangxue Sun Hei maintained their perfect record in AFC Cup after defeating Hoa Phat Hanoi 2-1 in Vietnam overnight. Sun Hei took the lead in the 24th minute when Miguel found himself unmarked at a corner before slotting home the simplest of finishes. But, Thanh levelled the scores for the Vietnamese in the 59th minute. However, Lo Chi-kwan put Sun Hei back in front in the 64th minute when he beat keeper in a one-on-one situation. Sun Hei are now leading Group D with six points after their second consecutive win. In another match, Happy Valley were thrashed by Singapore champions SAFFC 4-1 at Mong Kok Stadium.

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Hong Kong women edge Korea Republic 1-0 (19-Mar-2007)
Hong Kong booked their place in the final stage of the Olympic Games qualifiers after defeating giants Korea Republic 1-0 at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground yesterday. HK ladies held the Koreans to a 2-2 draw in Seoul in the first leg. In the return leg, midfielder Wong Shuk-fan scored the consolidate goal in the 76th minute that helped coach Chu Chi-kwong's team qualify to the final stage with an aggregate scoreline of 3-2. HK Ladies are now in a tough Group A with Korea DPR, Australia and Chinese Taipei.
[Fixture & Result]

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Kitchee crown League Cup champions (18-Mar-2007)
Kitchee beat Happy Valley 2-1 in the League Cup final at the Mong Kok Stadium yesterday. Poon Yiu-cheuk's 56 minutes penalty put Happy Valley ahead but Sebian defender Darko Rakocevic restore the parity for Kitchee in the 72nd minute through a free-kick. Rakocevic then settled the game four minutes later, curling a sumptuous free-kick into the top corner. In the end, it was Kitchee's day, backed by loyalty fans, celebrating their club to successfully defend the cup. Darko Rakocevic was also elected as the MVP of tournament.

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Bamnjo penalty seal Kitchee win (11-Mar-2007)
Kitchee reached the League Cup final after beating South China 2-1 at the Hong Kong stadium yesterday. Ivan Jevic blasted in an impressive opener for Kitchee in the first half before South China equalised in the 48th minute through captain Li Haiqiang's free kick. Both sides still 1-1 after 90 minutes. In extra time, Playmaker Wilfed Bamnjo scored the winner from a penalty and helped Kitchee advance to the final. Earlier, Happy Valley beat Xiangxue Sun Hei 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes.

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Sun Hei off to a winning start (7-Mar-2007)
Xiangxue Sun Hei got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Victory SC in group D of the AFC Cup at Mong Kok stadium overnight. Sun Hei dominated the match and opening the scoring in the 17th minute when Victor Inegbenoise headed home from close range. Sun Hei added a second when Colly Ezeh powered home an unstoppable header in the 49th minute and ensured an ideal start for Sun Hei in the tournament. "I am satisfied with the result but our performance was not good in the first half." said Sun Hei head coach Koo Luen-khen. In another match, Happy Valley beat New Radiant 2-0 in Male.

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Akosah hits hat-trick as Kitchee rout Happy Valley (4-Mar-2007)
Kitchee continued to set the pace in the Coolpoint Ventilation First Division after thrashing Happy Valley 5-0 at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday. St. Kitts & Nevis International striker Keith Gumbs gave Kitchee the lead in the 17th minute before Anderson extended the advantage in the 37th minute. Akosah made it 3-0 three minutes later. Kitchee continued to give pressure on their rivals after the restart. Akosah grabbed a brace in the 49th minute and completed his hat-trick with a last-minute fury strike. In another match of the day, Rangers bagged full point after beating H.K.F.C. 3-1. Rangers are now third but 8 points behind Kitchee.

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Hong Kong thrashed by Japan (1-Mar-2007)
Hong Kong were trashed by Japan 3-0 in the Olympic Qualifying Group B opener at the National Stadium in Tokyo overnight. In front of 11,909 attendance , Sota Hirayama broke the deadlock and put the hosts on the scoreboard in the 11th minute. Hong Kong could levelled the scoring in the 56th minute when Chan Siu-ki slipped a shot past the incoming keeper, but the ball just rolled wide of the left-hand stick. Hong Kong's hopes of holding on the Japanese came to an end when Yohei Kajiyama extended the advantage in the 66th minute. Masuda Chikashi made it 3-0 and sealed the victory for the hosts seven minutes from time. "Japan is the better side." Head coach Lai Sun-cheung said. "We have a long way to go and now try do better in our next game."

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South China youths were sent to Yokohama (26-Feb-2007)
South China will send their youth team to J-League powerhouse Yokohama F. Marinos in October for a three-year training programme. In a meeting at the SCAA main building overnight, the Marinos accepted the request of South China to send their youth team to Yokohama for a long-team training. "We are stress on the development of youth football. Our first step will be to strengthen the cooperation with Yokohama" South China manager Lo Kit-sing said. "They do very well in club management, marketing as well as youth training. I'm sure that our young players will learn more in Japan."

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South China clinch BMA Cup (24-Feb-2007)
South China beat J-League club Yokohama F. Marinos 4-3 on penalties in BMA Cup after a 2-2 deadlock in 90 minutes. In front of a crowd 22,000 attendance, Chan Chi-hong gave the hosts a second minute lead before Mike Havenaar restored parity in the 45th minute. Takanobu Kmiyama made it 2-1 for Yokohama in the 70th minute but Cris sent the match into penalty shootout with his equaliser four minutes later. Zhang Chunhui was the hero as he saved two spot-kicks in shootout to help South China to clinch BMA Cup.

 

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Jamaica lift Lunar New Year Cup (22-Feb-2007)
Jamaica, coached by legendary Bora Milutinovic, beat Chinese Olympic team 5-4 on penalties to lift the Lunar New Year Cup overnight. China had the better game and looked more dangerous in attack, but failed to find the back of the net against a stubborn Jamaican defence. Allen Whittaker was the hero in penalties, saving two spot-kicks and helped Jamaica to lift the 2007 Lunar New Year Cup. In another match of the night, Hong Kong League XI team lost to Australia 5-4 on penalties and got the fourth place after a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes. Meanwhile, Monteiro was elected as the MVP of the Hong Kong XI team.

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China, Jamaica in Lunar New Year Cup Final (19-Feb-2007)
Hong Kong League XI were beaten by the Jamaican Olympic side 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes at the Hong Kong stadium yesterday. The Jamaicans, coached by legendary Bora Milutinovic, absorbed pressure for much of the game but managed to snatch a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute through striker Fabian Taylor. Keith Gumbs equalised for the hosts in the 79th minute, but the Jamaicans reached to the final after winning the penalty shootout 5-3. In another match of the day, China defeated Australia 2-0 and will meet Jamaica in the final, while Hong Kong will play against the Socceroos for the 3rd place on February 21.

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Hong Kong advance to the second round (15-Feb-2007)
Despite losing 1-0 in the return leg, Hong Kong still advance to the second qualifying round of the Olympic Football 2008 for an aggregate 3-1 victory over Bangladesh at the Hong Kong stadium last night. Bangladesh's Zahid Hasan Emily scored the only goal of the match just before the interval. Hong Kong now join Japan, Malaysia and Syria in the second round in Group B. "Our boys were lazy and the way my team performed really disappointed me." Head coach Lai Sun-cheung said.

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The FA Premier League Asia Trophy to be held in HK (7-Feb-2007)
The FA Premier League Asia Trophy 2007, featuring Liverpool, Portsmouth, Fulham and the Hong Kong FA Cup winners, will be held at Hong Kong Stadium on July 24 and 27. Like previous editions in Malaysia and Thailand, the tournament will be played on a knockout format with two matches on the first day and a final and a third-placed match on the second day. Martin Lam, the secretary of the HKFA, refused to comment at this stage. "I have been negotiating with the EPL for the last couple of weeks. A formal announcement will be made soon." said Lam.

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Hong Kong meets Jamaica in Lunar New Year Cup (5-Feb-2007)
Hong Kong League XI team have been drawn against Jamaica Olympic team in the first round of Lunar New Year Cup 2007, which will kick off on Feb 18 at the Hong Kong stadium. The Chinese Olympic side will take on Australian team in the second match the same day. The winners will advance to the final on Feb 21. Meanwhile, the FA has also announced a 20-man squad, including top scorers Tales Schutz (South China), Lico (Xiangxue Sun Hei) and Keith Gumbs (Kitchee), for the annual international tournament.

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Hong Kong youths were in tricky groups (27-Jan-2007)
Hong Kong U19 team have been drawn in a tricky Group G with Korea Republic, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Guam in the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers recently. The HK youths, grouping with favorites Socceroos, were expected to advance to the finals by claiming the second spot. Meanwhile, Hong Kong U16 team will battle with favorites Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos in the Group F of AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers.
[Drawing Result - U16 / U19]

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South China lift Senior Shield (22-Jan-2007)
South China edged Sun Hei 2-1 to lift the Choi Fung Hong Senior Shield yesterday. Sun Hei was the better side in the first half and Law Chi-kwan put Sun Hei into the lead in the 40th minute. However, the Caroliners piled on the pressure after the break and their efforts paid dividends when Wong Chun-yue neutralized it in the 69th minute with a curling shot. Then, Tales Schutz scored a penalty kick just before the final whistle and sealed the victory for South China.

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Sun Hei edge Kitchee to reach final (15-Jan-2007)
Xiangxue Sun Hei edged Kitchee 1-0 to advance to the Senior Shield Final yesterday. Lico scored the only goal in the 36th minute to seal the victory for Sun Hei. "We know that Kitchee is a strong team. They didn't let us play for the first 20 minutes but in the end we came through" said Sun Hei head coach Koo Luen-Khen. In another match of the day, South China thrashed Lanwa Redbull 4-1 and will clash with Sun Hei in the Final on January 21.

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Kitchee win in League Cup Opener (12-Jan-2007)
Kitchee defeated Hong Kong 08 2-0 in a Group A match of League Cup 2007 at the Mong Kok Stadium last night. Kitchee had no difficulty as Cameroonian striker Julius Akosah scored a brace in the 45th and 51st minutes to complete a sorry evening for their opponents. After the victory, Kitchee stand at the top of Group A, following by Wofoo Tai Po, who beat Lanwa Redbull in another match of the night with the same scoreline.

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South China-Marinos friendly confirmed (11-Jan-2007)
South China will play a friendly match against J-League club Yokohama F. Marinos at the Hong Kong Stadium on February 23. This is an important friendly for the Caroliners in preparing their upcoming league matches. Marinos coach Takashi Mizunuma also agreed to send a full-strength side to Hong Kong. Besides, the FA announced that a free ticket for this match will be offered if they watched the Lunar New Year football tournament on February 18 and 21.

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Hong Kong U23 beat Guangdong to lift Cup (8-Jan-2007)
Hong Kong regained the Hong Kong-Guangdong Cup after beating Guangdong XI 4-2 in the second leg at the Hong Kong stadium yesterday. After losing 1-0 in the first leg, Hong Kong youths were further stunned by Li Zhihai and Li Zhixing's headers. However, Sham Kwok-keung Chan Siu-ki and Leung Tsz-chun restored the parity for the hosts in 90 minutes. In extra time, Hong Kong were the brighter side and Chan Siu-ki made sure of the victory when he intercepted a weak back pass from Guangdong defender and volleyed the ball past keeper to score the decisive goal.

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Jamaica, Australia and China joins New Year festival (5-Jan-2007)
Jamaica, Australia, China and hosts Hong Kong will take part in the Lunar (Chinese) New Year Tournament 2007 from February 18-21. Both Australia and China are likely to send their U-23 squad here in order to prepare the qualifying rounds of the 2008 Olympic Games, while Jamaica and the hosts will use their national teams. Meanwhile, a new sponsors for the annual tournament will be announced by the FA following the expiry of contract with Carlsberg Co. Ltd at the end of 2006.

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Guangdong takes first leg lead (31-Dec-2006)
Hong Kong Olympic team were defeated by Guangdong XI 1-0 in the first leg of the 29th Hong Kong-Guangdong Cup yesterday. The U23 youths began the match well and had an outstanding chances in the 37th minute, but captain Lam Ka-wai hit a shot that just went wide of the post. Guangdong's Feng Junyan scored the only goal of the match from a close range just before the final whistle was blown. The second leg will be played at the Hong Kong stadium next Sunday.

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South China reach Senior Shield semis (25-Dec-2006)
South China edged into the Senior Shield semi-finals after winning 5-3 on penalties. Sham Kwok-keung's header gave Happy Valley an early lead in the 24th minute, before Cheng Siu-wai levelled the scoring after the break. In extra time, South China striker Wong Chun-yue shot to make it 2-1. Then, Poon Man-tik hit an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net to send the tie to penalties. Happy Valley missed two penalties while South China was no mistake. Li Haiqiang calmly hit the winner to send the Caroliners through. In another quaterfinals match, Kitchee edged H.K.F.C 1-0 by Wilfed Bamnjo's last minute goal.

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Hong Kong U23 team announced for Olympic Games (21-Dec-2006)
Lai Sun-cheung has announced a 30-man training team for the Beijing Olympic Games qualifiers and the final lists will be decided on the performance of his boys in training sessions and friendly matches. A majority of the players in the training team are drawn from Hong Kong 08. Meanwhile, Wu Haopeng, Yuan Yang, Lin Junsheng and Li Jian earned their first call up for the international competition. The first test for them will be the Hong Kong-Guangdong Cup on Dec 30 in Guang
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South China through to last eight (15-Dec-2006)
Detinho scored the only goal as South China reached the last eight of the Senior Shield with a 1-0 win over Rangers last night. Both teams were busy in midfield exchanges in the first half. However, Detinho break the deadlock when he whipped a low shot inside the post. Rangers came back firing after the in remaining time. But Alexandro Xavier's 86th minute striker was just over the bar and ensured their early exit in the tournament. Meanwhile, former England international Steve McManamann has declined the offer of Rangers.

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McManamann in Rangers link (12-Dec-2006)
According to SCMP, former England international Steve McManaman is set to sign for Rangers. The ex-Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City star has been without a club since leaving City in the summer of 2005 and could join Rangers before the end of the year. Rangers will announce more details in a press conference later.



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Hong Kong edge Maldives 1-0 (7-Dec-2006)
A solitary goal from Gerard Ambassa Guy saw Hong Kong edged Maldives 1-0 in their last group match of the Doha Asian Games 2006 last night. The only goal of the match was scored in the 11st minute by Ambassa Guy, who connected with his head to a Sham Kwok-keung's corner. "we could score two or more goals but we wastes many chances tonight" coach Lai Sun-cheung said. After the victory, Hong Kong finished second of Group D but cannot qualify to the last eight. In another match, Iran beat India 2-0.

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Hong Kong lost to Iran 2-1 (4-Dec-2006)
A stunning volley on 8 minutes from Sham Kwok-keung gave Hong Kong team an early lead in their second match of the Doha Asian Games Men's Football Competition last night. However, the Iranian side overcame scare when Mazyar Eshghdoost levelled in the 39th minute. Then, Arash Borhani scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 64th minute to give the tournament favorites a 2-1 victory. "I feel really happy to score today. I think we could win after my goal but Iran are a very strong side." Sham Kwok-keung said. In another group D match, India beat Maldives 2-1.

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Miro return to South China as new coach (29-Nov-2006)
Casemiro Miro returned South China and took over from Portuguese coach Jorge Amaral, who was sacked by South China following a shock defeat at the hands of H.K.F.C.. Miro was in charge of South China between 1999-2001 and was elected as the coach of the year in 2000. He will resurrect the Caroliners when they face Hong Kong 08 on Dec 3.


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South China stunned by H.K.F.C. (18-Nov-2006)
H.K.F.C. handed South China a shock 3-2 defeat at home last night, leaving the giants four points behind leaders Kitchee. Brazilian striker Tales Schutz's early header and a 88th minute penalty were cancelled by Jaimes McKee's brace. Chan Hon-hing's long-range strike was enough to seal the victory of H.K.F.C.. "That is our most important win of the season. I'm very happy with the result." H.K.F.C. coach Wong Yiu-shun said.

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Hong Kong crash out despite win (16-Nov-2006)
Hong Kong were knocked out of the Asian Cup 2007 despite of their 2-0 win over Bangladesh in the last round of qualifying match. Uzbekistan's 2-0 win over Qatar in an earlier match of the night was enough to qualify. However, Hong Kong players done well and the host went ahead through Gerard Ambassa's 44th minute header. In the 73 minute, Bangladesh keeper Aminuk Hoque was sent off for pulling Chan Siu-ki in the box. Ambassa coolly stepped up to send the spot kick beyond the substitute goalkeeper. After the victory, Hong Kong finished third with eight points. "JJ is a smart player. He never waste a chance in the field." Hong Kong head coach Lai Sun-cheung said. "I feel sad that I'm leaving but still happy with how I have done here".

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Rangers held by Hong Kong 08 (12-Nov-2006)
Hong Kong 08 gained their first point of the league this season by drawing Rangers 1-1 at the Mong Kong stadium yesterday. Karikari Godfred opened the scoring for Rangers in the 38th minute but So Wai-chuen grabbed the equaliser and ensured a share of the points for Hong Kong 08 with his 60th minute goal. "We conceded an early goal but we eased to hold them in the second half. I am happy with this result." Hong Kong 08 captain Wong Shun-him said. In another match of the day, Kitchee rebuilt their good form after defeating Citizen 3-2.

 
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South China ends Kitchee's winning streak (5-Nov-2006)
South China ended Kitchee's seven-match winning streak with a 2-0 win in the eighth round of the League yesterday. Both teams were busy in midfield exchanges in the first half. It was the turning point when Kitchee's Gao Wen were sent off in the 53rd minute. Tales Schtuz then capitalised a chance and opened the scoring for the Caroliners in the 62nd minute. Kwok Kin-pong's 83rd minute header made it 2-0. After the victory, South China reduced the margin with leaders Kitchee to four points in the standings. In another match of the day, Rangers thrashed Citizen 3-0.

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Tycoon Dr. Henry Fok passes away (2-Nov-2006)
The FA's Life Honorary President Dr. Henry Fok Ying-tung passed away in Beijing on Oct 28. Fok, who was born in 1923 in Hong Kong, was well known for his entrepreneurship and philanthropy and had great enthusiasm for football development. His relentless work in promoting the sport saw Fok being nominated as a FIFA honorary member in 1994. He also appointed as the vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. "Dr Fok was a visionary. He left behind several legacies for Hong Kong and Asian football." AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam said.

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McKee helps H.K.F.C. hold Tai Po (30-Oct-2006)
Jaimes McKee rescued Wong Yiu-shun's side with a second half goal to hold Wofoo Tai Po 1-1 yesterday. The 18-year-old Hong Kong striker scored the equaliser in the 68th minute after Lee Wai-lim's quick opener for Tai Po. "Our players shown tremendous fighting spirit and earned a point. I am happy with their performance." H.K.F.C. head coach Wong Yiu-shun said. In another match of the day, Xiangxue Sun Hei beat Hong Kong 08 2:0.
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Godfred fire Rangers to 3-0 win (29-Oct-2006)
Goals from Fan Weijun and Karikari Godfred's double helped Rangers thrashed South China in the seventh round of League yesterday. The Caroliners cannot extend their impressive streak following a 3-1 win over defending champions Happy Valley. Fan Weijun shocked the opponent and fired Rangers into the lead one minute before the break. Godfred doubled the advantage in the 74th minute and he made it 3-0 in in stoppage-time.
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Schutz doubles up as South China upset Happy Valley (22-Oct-2006)
Brazilian striker Tales Schutz scored two goals and Detinho added another as South China beat defending champions Happy Valley 3-1 in the sixth round of the League yesterday. Tales tapped in the first goal just 3 minutes and Detinho doubled the cushion after connecting with his head to a Kwok Kin-pong cross in the 14th minute. Tales then made it 3-0 three minutes later as the Caroliners closed in on the top spot with 14 points, behind Kitchee on 4 points. Happy Valley can only reduced the arrears through Lopes Fabricio's late goal. In another match of the day, Rangers beat Lanwa Redbull 2-1. [Report]

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Lai Sun-cheung resign HK's top job (18-Oct-2006)
Lai Sun-cheung decided to resign from the position of Hong Kong head coach after his team suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar in the Asian Cup Qualifiers. He admitted that Hong Kong's chances to qualify to the final stage was badly dented. However, he remains in the team after completing the final qualifying match against Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the FA has already received an application for Hong Kong's top job, but refused to disclose the name of the applicant. "There is no hurry to appoint a new coach, even if Lai does not want to continue." the FA General Secretary Martin Lam said.

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Kitchee continue to set the pace in the League (16-Oct-2006)
Kitchee defeated Rangers 3-2 in the fifth round of the League yesterday. Serbian defender Rakocevic's 80 minutes goal was enough for Kitchee to bag full point and maintained their perfect record in the League, while his teammate Kwok Yue-hung and Wilfed Bamnjo were also on the scoresheet. Godfred Karikari scored a brace for Rangers. In another match of the day, H.K.F.C. earned their first win after defeating Hong Kong 08 2-1.
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Hong Kong lose 2-0 to Qatar (12-Oct-2006)
Hong Kong team lost 2-0 to reigning Gulf Cup Champions Qatar in the crucial 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Al-Gharafa Stadium last night. Bilal Rajab put the Qataris ahead two minutes before the break and former Manchester City striker Hussain Yasser extended the advantages for the host in the 53rd minute. The defeat badly dented Hong Kong's chances and they now have to make sure of a massive win against Bangladesh in the final round to overturn Uzbekistan's superior goal difference. "We did not have enough time to prepare for this match. However, my players performed well on the pitch, especially in the first half." coach Lai Sun-cheung said. In another Group F match, Uzbekistan thrashed Bangladesh 4-0 in Dhaka.
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Asian Cup Preview: Qatar vs Hong Kong (10-Oct-2006)

Hong Kong team departed to Doha for the crucial 2007 Asian Cup Qualifying match against Qatar on Wednesday. Hong Kong, who missed veteran Poon Yiu Cheuk and injured Shanghai Shenhua defender Ng Wai-chiu, needed at least a draw to keep their hope alive to advance to the finals. Xiangxue Sun Hei captain Cristiano Cordeiro's debut for the SAR in this trickier match is something good news for fans. Both Hong Kong and Uzbekistan accumulated 5 points and goal difference are likely to decide second spot while group leaders Qatar maintained their perfect record and already booked a place in the final competition. In another group F match, Uzbekistan will play Bangladesh in Dhaka.

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Wu Chengying close to South China switch (9-Oct-2006)
Former Chinese International Wu Chengying is on the verge of signing up for South China from Chinese Super League club Xi'an Chanba. The announcement was made by Wu's agent and the transfer comes as soon as the end of this month. Wu, who played the 2002 World Cup finals with national teammates such as Sun Jihai of Manchester City and Shao Jiayi of TSV 1860 Munich, is a core player of the Chinese national team. His strength and experience in defence will prove useful for South China.

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Cordeiro call-up for Asian Cup Qualifiers (6-Oct-2006)
Head coach Lai Sun-cheung has called up 20 players, including Xianguxue Sun Hei captain Cristiano Cordeiro for the vital AFC Asian Cup 2007 Group F clash against Qatar on Oct 11 in Doha. Cordeiro, who has been granted the SAR citizenship, is one of the best defender in the League. I will pay back along with my colleagues in the representative team by advancing to the Asian Cup finals" Cordeiro said. Besides, playmaker Cheung Sai-ho said he will stay in the team provided Hong Kong still has a chance to qualify to the Asian Cup finals. Hong Kong team will leave for Doha on Oct 9.
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Kyle Jordan signs up for Sun Hei (4-Oct-2006)
Sheffield Wednesday young striker Kyle Jordan has signed a one-year contract with Xiangxue Sun Hei. According to player profile, the 18-year-old boy likes running at defenders and into channels. He scored an important goal against in an English Championship League derby Sheffield United recently. Sun Hei only bagged two points and did not win a match in the league so far. Kyle were expected to improve the attacking ability of Sun Hei, who will play South China on October 7.


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Lanwa stun Sun Hei 2-1 (3-Oct-2006)
Xiangxue Sun Hei dropped points after losing 2-1 to Lanwa Redbull in the League's fourth round action yesterday. Law Chi-kwan's 51st minute opener for Sun Hei was neutralized by Paraguayan striker Aldo Villalba in the 54th minute. Sun Hei were reduced to 7 men following Chung Kin-hei, Hartwig Carlo Andre, Lau Chi-keung and captain Cristiano Cordeiro's sending off for rash foul. Lanwa were in control in remaining time and Qi Zhongxi scored the match-winner through a penalty kick in stoppage time. In another match of the day, Citizen beat Hong Kong 08 2-1. Lanwa maintained their perfect record in the league with 12 points, just behind leaders Kitchee by goal different. [Report]

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South China beat Tai Po with late goal (1-Oct-2006)
South China needed a stoppage-time free-kick from Yeung Ching-kwong to beat Wofoo Tai Po 3-2 at the Tai Po Sportsground yesterday. Kwok Kin-pong gave the visitors an early advantage and Tales Schutz extended the lead with a 54th minute header. However, Brazilian striker Bertoti Joel reduced the deficit for Tai Po in the 68th minute. Tai Po levelled the score in the 80th minute when Lee Hong-lim centered the ball to Chiu Chun-kit, who fired the ball into the corner of the South China net. The match was settled when Yeung Ching-kwong superbly taken free-kick in stoppage-time. South China next play AFC Cup quarterfinalists Xiangxue Sun Hei on October 7. [Report]

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Keith shines as Kitchee go top (24-Sep-2006)
St. Kitts & Nevis International striker Keith Gumbs scored two goals as Kitchee beat rivals Xiangxue Sun Hei 2-0 and go top in the HK-League after the 2nd round of action last night. Keith broke the deadlock in the 8th minute and he doubled the advantage five minutes before the time. In another match of the day, Poon Man-tik's last minute goal helped Happy Valley to hold Rangers to a 1-1 draw. Agbo Fofo of Rangers was sent off in the 51st minute after collecting two yellow cards. [Report]


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Sun Hei knocked out of AFC Cup (20-Sep-2006)
Xiangxue Sun Hei were knocked out by reigning champions Al Faisaly in penalty shootout by 5-4 in the AFC Cup quarterfinals second leg at Hong Kong Stadium last night. Law Chi-kwan, who smash the rebound of a free-kick into the back of the net, helped the hosts to take the lead just 23 minutes. However, the Jordanians were level in the 60th minute when Omar Moayad despatched a low shot beyond Chan Ka-ki. In the 118th minutes, Al Faisaly's Ahmmad Siraj was sent off following a reckless challenge on Lau Chi-keung. Sun Hei nearly added a second in remaining time but Anacleto Marcio's free-lick was sent just wide. The hosts were locked at 1-1 after extra-time. Penalties ensued and Fladimir Freitas' miss ended Sun Hei's hope to reach the last four of the competition. [Report]

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Al Faisaly hold Sun Hei to 1-1 draw (13-Sep-2006)
Hong Kong heavyweights Xiangxue Sun Hei were held to a 1-1 draw by Jordan Cup Champions Al Faisaly in the first leg of the AFC Cup quarterfinals in Amman last night. Sun Hei stunned the host by taking the lead on the stroke of half time through veteran winger Lee Kin-wo. Hattem Aqel salvaged some hope for Al Faisaly by leveling the score 10 minutes into the second half. Both sides were unable to find a winning goal in remaining time and Sun Hei handle the advantage in return leg on Sep 19. "Returning to Hong Kong with a point is something great and it will motivate us in the second leg in order to qualify for the semi-finals." Sun Hei's Malaysian coach Koo Luam-Khen said. [Report]

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Hong Kong to play Iran in Asian Games (10-Sep-2006)
Hong Kong team have been drawn in Group D of the Doha Asian Games Men's Football Tournament with defending champions Iran, India and Maldives. The winner and runner-up of each group will advance to the knockout stage. Hong Kong team aimed to beat India and Maldives to qualify to the next stage.


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Hong Kong and Uzbekistan share the spoils (7-Sep-2006)
Hong Kong kept alive the race for second position from Group F of Asian Cup 2007 qualifiers after holding Uzbekistan to a goalless draw at the Hong Kong Stadium last night. The visitors, who missed Dynamo Kiev striker Maksim Shatskikh, took the best chance on goal in the 38th minute, but Pavel Solomin's shot hit the bar and then saved by superb goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip. Hong Kong came back firing after the interval by creating several scoring chances. In the 74th minute, captain Cheung Sai-ho sent a perfectly executed through-ball to Chu Siu-kei, who finished the job expertly but it was offside. Ten minutes later, Uzbekistan captain Alexey Nikolaev was sent off for an unprofessional behavior on Chan Siu-ki. However, Hong Kong did not break the deadlock in remaining time. "We play very well tonight." coach Lai Sun-cheung said. "I believe that Hong Kong will qualify to the finals if they can keep on tonight's performance."

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Hong Kong team resume training (5-Sep-2006)
Hong Kong team players resumed training on Sunday for the preparation of Asian Cup 2007 qualifiers against Uzbekistan at the Hong Kong stadium on Wednesday. Hong Kong accumulated four points after drawing Uzbekistan 2-2 in Tashkent three weeks ago. They need at least a draw to keep their hopes alive. Injured Ng Wai-chiu was replaced by Happy Valley defender Feng Jizhi while Kitchee's young striker Chan Siu-ki was also in the list. Besides, captain Cheung Sai-ho said he would stay with the team, provided Hong Kong still had a chance of qualifying for the Asian Cup finals.

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South China off to winning start (4-Sep-2006)
South China, who saved from relegation last season, got off their league to a winning start with a 2-0 defeat of newly promoted Hong Kong F.C. at Mong Kok Stadium yesterday. Portuguese striker Marco Almeida put South China ahead on four minutes and new signing Tales Schutz doubled the advantage on 74 minutes to seal the victory under new coach Jorge Amaral. However, the win came at a price when their defender Man Pei-tak was sent off by the referee and will be banned for the match against Citizen on Sep 17.
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Happy Valley hold Sun Hei in League Opener (3-Sep-2006)
Defending Champions Happy Valley fought back from a goal deficit to hold Xiangxue Sun Hei 1-1 in the opening match of first division yesterday. Happy Valley were the better side at the Hong Kong stadium in the initial exchanges. However, the best chance of the first period fell to Sun Hei. Chu Siu-kei's fury strike was saved by veteran keeper Fan Chun-yip. In the 75th minute, Fladimir Freitas opened the account for Sun Hei through a penalty Kick after Marcio was foul by Feng Jizhi in the box. Feng expiated his mistake when he restored parity one minute later. Sun Hei dominated in stoppage time when Happy Valley's Fabio were sent off for his unprofessional tackle on Xie Wei. "We produced several chances throughout the game but we suffered from the lack of a finisher in front." Sun Hei coach Koo Luen Khen said.
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FA announces new season fixtures (26-Aug-2006)
The FA released the fixtures schedule for the new 2006-07 season yesterday. The First Division League starts on Sep 2 with defending champions Happy Valley taking on archrivals Xiangxue Sun Hei at the Hong Kong Stadium. The champions stand to win $120,000 in prize money while the runners-up get $60,000. Meanwhile, Coolpoint Ventilation Equipment Ltd. signed the sponsorship agreement for the title sponsorship of the First Division Leag
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Sham helps Hong Kong hold Uzbekistan 2-2 (17-Aug-2006)
A second-half brace from Sham Kwok Keung helped Hong Kong held Uzbekistan to a 2-2 draw in the AFC Asian Cup 2007 qualifiers in Tashkent last night. Anvarjon Soliev gave home side the lead on 18 minutes and Dynamo Kiev striker Maksim Shatskikh made it 2-0 on 35 minutes. However, substitute Sham Kwok-keung shocked the Uzbeks when he pulling one back in the 66th minute before leveling the score 3 minutes from full time. "Our defence made mistakes in the first half but we changed our style of play after the break and we were able to beat the Uzbekistan goalkeeper twice." Hong Kong head coach Lai Sun-cheung said. The draw put Hong Kong on four points and they meet Uzbekistan again at the Hong Kong Stadium on Sep 6. In another match, Qatar bagged 3 points as they thrashed Bangladesh 4-1.

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Amaral ink deal as South China coach (6-Aug-2006)
South China shown ambitions to crown all competition in new season by appointing Jorge Amaral as the new coach. Although it will be a great challenge, the former Benfica and FC Porto player expressed his expectation to re-build South China's dynasty in upcoming season. Meanwhile, South China introduced assistant coach Joao Festas and four new signing Andre Correia, Marco Almeida, Hugo Coelho and Detinho in the press conference. Besides, South China announced that they arranged four warm-up matches during a training camp in Qingyuan, Guangdong Province next week.

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Akosah signs up for Kitchee (30-Jul-2006)
Cameroonian striker Julius Akosah has joined League Cup champions Kitchee on a one-year deal. Akosah impressed with his performance in the AFC Cup, which helped his former club Xiangxue Sun Hei advancing to the quarterfinals this year. Aksoah has started training with Kitchee last week. Meanwhile, Xiangxue Sun Hei has signed Northern Ireland striker Roy Essandoh to replace Akosah.

 
 
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Rangers appointed Bredbury as new coach (23-Jul-2006)

Former Hong Kong International Timothy Bredbury has been named as the new coach of Rangers on a one-year deal. Hong Kong born Bredbury started his career in English Premiership club Liverpool. He returned to Hong Kong in 1983 and enjoyed a successful playing career as a striker with Seiko, Rangers, South China and Instant-Dict. He also scored 16 times in 38 appearances for Hong Kong team. "I am glad to be selected and I look forward to the challenge." Bredbury said. "I will ensure there is preparation and planning for Rangers."

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Ng Wai-chiu hoping to recover in tim
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Ng Wai-chiu was called up by Hong Kong team for the crucial Asian Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan on Aug 16. However, the Shanghai Shenhua defender suffered from a knee injury in a training session and missed out two Chinese Super League matches. Ng Wai-chiu hopes to be fit for the Hong Kong team's warm-up against Singapore on Aug 12. "The game against Uzbekistan is very important for us. I hope to fully recover for Hong Kong team in the Asian Cup qualifiers." Ng said.


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Buler Rangers will play Bolton in Pre-season warm-up (7-Jun-2006)
Buler Rangers will play a friendly against English Premiership Club Bolton at the Hong Kong Stadium on Aug 5. Buler Rangers confirmed the friendly saying these will give their team crucial experience ahead of new season. "Our players will learn a lot from this match. I think this is a good preparation for new season." said Buler Rangers coach Qiu Jingwei.

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