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Tai Po FC cinderella story complete as they become 2019 HK Premier League Champions!

Tai Po are Hong Kong Premier League Champions. Photo: Tai Po FC

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A late double from Brazilian-born striker Sandro was enough to seal the Hong Kong premier league for Tai Po with one round to spare thanks to a 2-1 victory away to R&F.

The win at Yangzigang stadium gave Tai Po an unassailable lead of five points over nearest challengers R&F, and brought the title to the New Territories for the first time in Hong Kong football history.

Tai Po celebrate their famous away win. Photo: Tai Po FC

Tai Po have won cups in the past (Senior Shield in 2013 and Sapling Cup in 2017) but in recent seasons experienced some growing pains as they developed and matured as a team. Tai Po endured successive defeats to Kitchee in back to back cup finals though the sheer pain of those crushing losses seemed to have hardened the team mentally make them very difficult to defeat.

Manager Lee Chi Kin. Photo: Tai Po

Tai Po took this new level of resilience to their game and they have only lost once all season in their drive towards the league title. Much credit has to be given to manager, Lee Chi Kin, who on a limited budget, has managed to get the best out of his players.

Tai Po’s incredible season will continue as they still have AFC Cup games coming in May and June and are in a great position to qualify from group I. Tai Po are deserving champions and it is great for Hong Kong football that a district team has been able to wrestle away the league title from the the usual suspects like Kitchee and Eastern. The challenge will be to keep the same players in the squad and build even further as players such as Wong Wai, Igor Sartori and Joao Emir have been particularly impressive.

Happy Valley AA (HVAA) are Division 1 Champions

Happy Valley are Division 1 champions. Photo: Happy Valley Facebook

Happy Valley AA, after years in the wilderness, are set to return to the Hong Kong premier league after winning the Hong Kong First Division title (pending financial sponsorship). Happy Valley captain, Igor Miović, expressed his joy and delight at the win and the return of the glory days at Happy Valley.

Igor Miovic has inspired his team to the first division title. Photo: Happy Valley Facebook

“I am so happy and proud of my team, coach, staff and myself. From the beginning, we had our target and we achieved it. We showed that we are a team and that we are strong together and that is our secret of success. We have a lot of young players that are the future of the Hong Kong Football and Happy Valley!”

Mixu Paatelainen is the New Hong Kong Senior Mens National Manager

Hong Kong have finally appointed a new football manager for the men’s team and have chosen Mixu Paatelainen who is originally from Finland and played for European football clubs such as Dundee United, Aberdeen, Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hibernian. The Finn will have huge task on his hands to take Hong Kong football to the next level and expectations will be raised as Hong Kong have qualified for the East Asian Football championships to be played in South Korea in December.

Liverpool Legends To Take on Dortmund Legends on June 8th

Liverpool legends will take on Dortmund Legends on June 8th

The clock will roll back in Hong Kong as a Liverpool legends team featuring Jamie Carragher, Luis Garcia and Steve McManaman will face off against a Borussia Dortmund side with the likes of Jan Koller, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Dede. The game will be played at Hong Kong stadium on June 8th.

Kitchee Set to Take on Manchester City on July 24th 2019

Manchester City are set to come to Hong Kong for a pre-season match against Kitchee. The game will be played at Hong Kong Stadium on Wednesday 24 July 2019. Both sides will use the game as part of their warm-up for the coming new season.

Hong Kong Soccer Sevens Set for  17-19 May

WOLVERHAMPTON ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy at Jack Hayward Training Ground 2018 in Wolverhampton, England. Photo by Sam Bagnall / Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

The annual soccer sevens is set for 17-19 of May at Hong Kong Football Club. The tournament is now well known for showcasing future footballing talent. The tournament will now celebrate its 20th anniversary. English duo Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham will make their debuts at this year’s HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens. More details at: www.hksoccersevens.com

Christopher KL Lau was born in England and grew up in both England and Hong Kong, and has a background in media, education and non-profits. He also is a freelance writer / photographer and has written for a number of magazines, websites and newspapers around the world on many subjects ranging from the arts to travel. Chris is passionate about sports and its place in society and is keen to promote both Hong Kong and Chinese football to a wider audience.

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