January was a busy month for local football. The Hong Kong representative team lost against Guangdong after a fierce battle in Huizhou and Mong Kok. Two weeks later Eastern SC won the Senior Shield and thus the first title of the season. However, it seems that the current squad is up for more. Only one week after their victory, they beat Kitchee and remain on top of the Premier League. In his latest piece for Wild East Football Chris Lau gives an overview of the recent developments. Continue reading
The game between last season champion Benfica and runner up Sporting is considered the biggest rivalry in Macau and usually attracts bigger crowds to the stadium. This time it ended in a fair 1-1 draw. However, the so called “Portuguese derby” started with a controversy: Benfica Macau delayed the start of the match for five minutes, while the Sporting players had to wait at the entrance of the pitch. This unsportsmanlike behavior was denounced by Sporting coach Jose Maria Pegado, and Macau FA is currently investigating this incident. Offside.hk correspondent Afonso Pires summarized the highlights of the derby as well as the other games of last week’s games of the Macau Elite League. Continue reading
We are very proud to introduce a new regular feature on Hong Kong’s closest neighbour: Macau! Our correspondent Afonso Pires will offer regular updates on the Elite League, which just kicked off last week. In his first article for offside.hk, Afonso lays out a detailed guide to the current football scene in Macau, with a brief round-up of the 1st week in the fresh 2015 season. Continue reading
Eastern SC is the winner of Hong Kong’s 2014/15 Senior Shield, but the victory only came after a dramatic match against Kitchee on 17 January 2015. With several disputable referee decisions and a finish on the brink of a last minute equalizer, the game was more than worthy of being a cup final. Another bright side on this sunny Saturday afternoon: more than 6,000 fans came to fill the ranks at Hong Kong Stadium.