Planeta do Futebol
Author: Renato Andreão

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Hong Kong football in Brazilian Book (by Renato Andreão, brazilian journalist)  

(Former Happy Valley midfielder)


(Former TSW Pegasus striker)












Fábio Noronha
(Former Happy Vally & TSW Pegasus Goalkeeper)

The goal was extraordinary, but I closed it: 5 years (2005-2010) investigating about football in all regions of the world through of 200 coaches and players from 38 nationalities - including personalities from Hong Kong football like the goalkeeper Fabio Noronha, ex-Happy Valley and TSW Pegasus. The result of all this is in the book Football Planet: from Brazil to Afghan Frontier, just launched in Brazil.
In the part of Hong Kong in the book the footballers talks about the structural differences of the clubs in the country. They also mentioning the difficulties of exchanges and methodological reasons that leads the Hongkonger player be unable to the European football. Why is it happen? Also what are the similarities between the football from Hong Kong and Singapore, both small countries from Asia that are improving together their leagues and national teams. There is an exclusive interview - and controversy - with the AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam. I was the only Brazilian reporter who interviewed him.
Apart from Hong Kong, are 100 countries from all continents in this book. Football in pure condition. Something unprecedented..

English Football
Yes, the football from the old Albion highlighted in the book. From early days of professionalism to the environment extremely bold and with strong marketing from present days. The vision of coaches and players who faced in the pitch big teams from recent years like the Manchester United with Cristiano Ronaldo, the Chelsea with Mourinho, the Arsenal with Thierry Henry and the Liverpool, european champion in 2005. In the end, Andrew Young, ex-former fitness coach at Fulham, telling about the boxing day period, the football on December 26 in England, and how to prepare a team in this period (december 23/24 - january 2/3) , which is the most exhausting at schedule.
Starring top-level
Join the book commenting their experiences at highest level, the Brazilian goalkeeper Taffarel, world champion in 1994, the strikers Iván Zamorano, ex-Real Madrid and Internazionale, Davor Suker, top scorer in World Cup 98, and Fernando Morientes, ex-Real Madrid and Valencia. In addition, players like Ronald De Boer, Abel Balbo, Damiano Tommasi, Felipe Melo and others from 38 countries around the world. Something unprecedented.
Explaining the capa..
Two reasons: The region of Balochistan, which comprises the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier and part of Iran, is the most remote place where I got sources to tell me about the local reality. Moreover, the image of Afghan kids having fun playing football in an environment precarious and horrible structure shows how the football is socially powerful. The depth of the image touched me. It expressed a special feeling.