Sunday, October 25, 2020

2020-21 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League and Announcement of 2019-20 Annual Awards

Last year Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has overcome many changes and challenges, yet we keep working hard. It was announced today that the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League (HKPL) will begin on 24 October (this Saturday) with 8 teams playing in the new season. After six years, HKPL has been thriving together with everyone. The theme of the new season would be “Light Up Our Era”, encourage people to stay resilient and unleash the true potential. HKFA held an online press conference today through our Facebook page of HKPL to announce the new season of HKPL and introduce the sponsors and partners. 

HKFA is honored to have the title sponsor BOC Life to support us and the continual sponsorship from Nike Hong Kong Limited for official match balls and the ground staff gears and adidas Hong Kong Limited for the uniforms for referees of HKPL. 

Mr. Pui Kwan Kay, Chairman of HKFA showed his appreciation to BOC Life, other sponsors and partners for their continual support. Mr. Pui is excited that HKFA is able to start the new season despite the pandemic situation. “Recently, it has been full of uncertainty in the sports industry. Even with limitations, we completed last season because of everyone’s enthusiasm and support for football. While we did not have much time to prepare for the new season, the participating teams actively recruited new players and worked hard on their trainings. I am expecting thrilling and competitive matches for the new season. I would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding, especially in this challenging time. Meanwhile, I would like to say thanks to all media who have been making great efforts in order to bring the latest news of HKPL to fans.” 

Mr. Wilson Tang, Chief Executive of BOC Group Life Assurance Company Limited, said, “BOC Life has been working hand in hand with HKFA to foster the Hong Kong football development. We also actively support Hong Kong’s football matches through title sponsorship and bringing football activities to schools and communities. This year, the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League is entering its 7th season, we look forward to more support from clubs, players and fans for this top-tier league, and together to inject positive energy to the football industry and our society.” 

Nike will continue to provide the latest official ball for HKPL. The new Nike Aerowsculpt football will apply the technology of Aerowsculpt to boast truer flight by promoting airflow around it. In addition, Nike All Conditions Control (ACC) 3D ink can help to minimize the interference from air resistance. ACC helps ensure optimal grip in wet or dry conditions, optimizing aerodynamic stability. 

 Regarding the 2019-20 Annual Awards, the “Players’ Player of the Year” has been selected by all registered BOC Life Hong Kong premier league players in 2019-20 and the members’ representatives from Hong Kong Sports Press Association voted for the “Most Favorite Player”. Everton Camargo (Eastern Long Lions) was awarded “Players’ Player of the Year” by 32 votes. Everton Camargo was also selected as the “Most Favorite Player”. Meanwhile, the “ChelseaFC Soccer School (HK) x on.cc 2019-20 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League Goal of the Season” and the “ChelseaFC Soccer School (HK) x on.cc 2019-20 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League Save of the Season” organized by on.cc, were presented in order to motivate players who were devoted for the matches. Lai Pui Kei (Happy Valley) was awarded “Goal of the Season” and Chung Wai Ho (Happy Valley) was awarded “Save of the Season”. In addition, both Deble Serge and Igor Torres Sartori (R&F) were awarded “Top Scorer” by 6 league goals respectively. Everton Camargo (Eastern Long Lions) was selected as the MVP of Senior Shield and FA Cup Finals and Chan Shinichi (Kitchee) received the MVP of Sapling Cup Final. 

Moreover, on.cc will continue to be the exclusive online broadcast media partner of the HKPL. Football fans could watch the games through different online channels, including HKPL website welovehkpl.com and exclusive Facebook page. on.cc has been providing live broadcast of HKPL matches to local and overseas football fans for six seasons and it has been spreading the news of HKPL through live broadcast and media coverage. 

HKFA will continue to collaborate with online media Fanpiece.com and monthly magazine Football Weekly, in order to provide various channels for football fans to obtain all-rounded news and information about HKPL. Mr Derek Cheung, Co-founder & Director of Business Development of FanPiece mentioned, “This season is the 7th consecutive year that Fanpiece.com has been collaborating with HKFA. In this time of new era and new normal, we will continue to showcase HKPL with professional and lively video and high-quality articles. This season we will try to increase fans participation and encourage people to support HKPL and Hong Kong football.” 

Mr Lawrence Yip, Publisher, Titan Media Hong Kong Limited, said, “Football Weekly is a professional football magazine with international copyright. Throughout these years, besides reporting the stories of international football, we have been doing a lot of coverage on local football, including Hong Kong Premier League, grassroots football, etc. We are pleased to collaborate with HKFA once again on HKPL and become the media partner. I believe you could read more exciting stories about HKPL in our coming issues.”















Sunday, October 18, 2020

#FootballPeople Festival: A new type of sports festival


The Festival of Ideas is reaching participants across the globe, with Twitter Brazil reporting views of 25,000 for a session on Race and Football in Brazil on Monday evening. Coming up today (Wednesday) are events on Gendered Violence in Sport and Breaking The Mould in Sports Journalism with speakers including Joyce Cook of FIFA, journalists Shireen Ahmed, Musa Okwonga and many more. 


Tomorrow (Thursday) join US Women’s International Crystal Dunn, journalist Grant Wahl, and the leader of the US Black Players Coalition and current Toronto FC player Justin Morrow for a look at Glass Ceilings in US Soccer. Later DW journalist Felix Tamsut leads a discussion with activists and supporters on Sexism in German Football. 


And a special one-to-one discussion between LGBTIQ leader Lou Englefield and NFL defensive end Ryan Reynolds on being Black and Gay in Sport. 

On Friday the festival closes with the UNHCR, Barcelona Foundation and UEFA joining forces to look at the role football plays in working with refugees.

Cosmos announce partnership with historic sportswear company Ebbets Field Flannels

Cosmos announce partnership with Ebbets Field Flannels

Cosmos
Cosmos

Today, the New York Cosmos announced a new partnership with sportwear company Ebbets Field Flannels - aiming to bring fans premium, authentic, vintage Cosmos gear. 

The announcement coincides with the launch of an expansion to Ebbets’ growing vintage soccer collection, featuring the L.A. Aztecs, New York Generals, and Washington Diplomats. “We’re excited to be working with a great legacy brand such as Ebbets,” said New York Cosmos COO, Erik Stover. “Jerry Cohen and his team produce the best vintage sportswear in the business, and the Cosmos are proud to add their name to Ebbets’ product roster.” 

Cosmos


Founded in 1988 and still run by its original founders, the Seattle-based company aims to bring the quality, beauty, and craftsmanship of retro American athletic garments to a 21st Century public. While originally specializing in wool baseball flannels, Ebbets has now expanded into a variety of sports and garments, including vintage hats, jackets and sweatshirts. "We are thrilled by our new partnership with the New York Cosmos,” said EFF Founder and CEO, Jerry Cohen. “The Cosmos brought a revolution to North American pro soccer, and their legacy aligns perfectly with our mission to tell the story of sports history through our American-made high-quality vintage apparel products.” 

With the announcement comes the release of the first two pieces of Cosmos collection – authentic reproductions of club legend Pele’s 1976 jersey. Both shirts are available now on the Ebbets Field Flannels site – with a variety of pieces being added to the collection in the coming weeks.

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#FootballPeople Festival

#FootballPeople Festival

Five days, Twelve sessions 50+ speakers

#FootballPeople Festival

Next week sees the kick-off of the first-ever #FootballPeople Festival of Ideas. Featuring big sporting names, leading experts, and activists from across sport.

Festival sessions will cover some of the big social issues in sport including Athlete activism in the wake of Black Lives Matter; The future of women's football; The intersection of LGBTIQ+ and race; Refugees and football; the absence of Black coaches in football; New voices in sports journalism; and events on German football; Race and Brazil; the Balkans; and Latin America.

The week kicks off with a look at The Future of Women's Football and insights on Football, Nationalism and the Balkans.


On Tuesday we ask Where Are The Black Coaches? and feature a discussion with current WNBA player and social activist Renee Montgomery and former NFL defensive end Michael Sam on the New Era of Athlete Activism.

Register for your FREE ticket to these sessions and many more HERE.

Women's Football
Women's Football
Football & The Balkans
Football & The Balkans

Where are the black coaches
Where are the black coaches
Activism
Activism

Festival speakers include: US international Crystal Dunn; Renee Montgomery of the WNBA; Justin Morrow of the US Black Players for Change; writers Musa Okwonga and Shireen Ahmed; Colombian international Melissa Ortiz; Aline Pellegrino of Brazil; journalist Marion Reimers; former NFL star Michael Sam; Dutch TV personality Humberto Tan; US football expert Grant Wahl; among many others.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Reds welcome new watch partner TRIBUS

Reds welcome new watch partner TRIBUS

Tribus Watches
Tribus Watches


Liverpool FC has teamed up with luxury Swiss watch brand, TRIBUS, in a new global partnership. Starting its long-term partnership with the club, TRIBUS will become the Reds’ Official Global Wristwatch and Timing Partner from the beginning of the new 20/21 season. 

As part of the new partnership, TRIBUS has launched an officially licensed LFC watch to commemorate the year in which Liverpool FC were crowned champions of the Premier League. The TRI-08 Premier League Champions Special Edition features the club crest on the dial, with special champions artwork on the back, celebrating the momentous season. 

TRIBUS will use the partnership to increase brand awareness within key global markets through stadium branding at Anfield, including the stadium clock, and branding on Liverpool FC's digital platforms, along with access to first-team players and club legends, to provide fans with additional ways to interact and engage with the world of football. 

Tribus Watches
Tribus Watches


Manufactured in Switzerland, but founded on Merseyside by three brothers, TRIBUS prides itself on its luxury craftsmanship and precision engineering, utilising quality Swiss production. Matt Scammell, Commercial Director, Liverpool FC, said: “When it comes to watchmaking, Swiss engineering has gained a long-standing reputation for luxury, cutting-edge innovation and quality that stands the test of time.” “We are delighted to welcome TRIBUS as the Official Global Wristwatch and Timing Partner of Liverpool Football Club. 

It’s fantastic that we have the opportunity to partner with a business that boasts impeccable Swiss craftsmanship but was also founded right here in Liverpool.” James Ward, Co-Founder and Managing Director, TRIBUS, said: “From the age of six, I’ve followed my club home, away and across Europe. It’s a passion that certain people can’t understand, its more than watching a game of football, its family, its friends, it’s an infectious buzz that is impossible to shake. When the opportunity came to combine our families’ two passions of Swiss watchmaking and Liverpool FC, it was a dream come true.”

Kitchee are Hong Kong Premier League Champions

Kitchee are Hong Kong Premier League Champions

Kitchee are Hong Kong premier league champions after a 4-0 win over Happy Valley while Eastern and R & F could only play out a nil-all draw. This meant that Kitchee won the league by 1 point in a long-delayed and drawn out Hong Kong 2019-2020 season. 

Kitchee are Hong Kong Premier League Champions

Kitchee are Hong Kong Premier League Champions

Kitchee are Hong Kong Premier League Champions

All smiles

Champions

Champions

Champions

Kitchee

Kitchee

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Blues have Reds in their sights

TOFFEES SENSE A SHIFT ON MERSEYSIDE

TOFFEES SENSE A SHIFT ON MERSEYSIDE
Aston Villa hit 7

Liverpool's extraordinary 7-2 loss at Aston Villa brought back memories of Brazil's humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany at the 2018 World Cup, a result so jaw-dropping it was like a familiar friend had acted completely out of character and shocked everyone.

Unlike the selecao, the Reds were playing away but they were reigning champions and were not facing the eventual World Cup winners but rather a side who scraped Premier League survival on the final day of last season.

To show us how far Liverpool have slipped, Jurgen Klopp's men won the corresponding fixture at Villa Park 2-1 last season.

Post-mortems are mulling over why Klopp's famous gegenpressing evaporated in Birmingham and why the managerial maestro, defensive rock Virgil Van Dijk, and the rest of the side did not try to change things once it was clear Villa had found their Achilles' heel of a vulnerable high line.

Liverpool's loss has let the other side of Merseyside revel for a change. Everton have won their first four games (five including the League Cup) for the first time in half a century and are top of the league.

TOFFEES SENSE A SHIFT ON MERSEYSIDE
A Bit of Colombia on Merseyside

For years I have wondered what the blue side of Merseyside needed to take it to the next level as they always seemed mean at home but crumbled on the road. Now it seems some shrewd summer shopping from Carlo Ancelotti has hauled them up there.

While purchases like James Rodriguez have taken to their new assignments like ducks to water, quite literally in last Saturday's deluge in Liverpool, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is on fire with six goals in four games. 

The 23-year-old has never played for England beyond the U-21s but a phone call from Gareth Southgate must be in the offing as he is leading the goalscoring charts along with Tottenham's flying Korean Son Heung-Min, an ever-ebullient attacker.

"Players with quality doesn't (sic) have problems to adapt," explained Carlo Ancelotti, talking of Rodriguez's three goals and starring performances in his first five games in England.

"Football is not so complicated," he went on. "I want to say the pitch is always the same. The opponent is always 11, the ball is the same, the goal doesn't move. So football is simple. It's not complicated."

Well yes and no. A foreign climate, food, language, and society can often trip up the talented, as can the lack of friends and family. Culture shock is a real thing many of us experience at some point in life and footballers are no different. In the past, British players routinely struggled to adapt overseas from Jimmy Greaves to Ian Rush, who lamented he could not find Rice Krispies in Turin.

South Americans have often found it tough in England too. For every Juninho Paulista, who thrived in Middlesbrough, there was an Angel Di Maria, who failed to adapt to Manchester. Diego Forlan and Juan Veron also struggled at Old Trafford yet were outstanding in other leagues.

For James, England is the sixth country outside Colombia he has played in so perhaps he is used to change by now. Still, one wonders what he made of his drizzly surroundings when he arrived, and if at some point during Saturday's monsoon he dreamed of his hot and humid home city of Cucuta, near Colombia's border with Venezuela.

The Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on the 17th of this month looks particularly tasty and a true measure of whether Everton's dream start is just that, a dream.

On current form the blue side of Liverpool are favourites - a most unexpected scenario. Klopp and Co. will doubtless be beavering away during the international break to ensure there is no changing of the guard at Goodison and the champions will surely bounce back, but right now in the city, blue is the colour.

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

Friday, October 2, 2020

LFC launches Champions Wall at Anfield

LFC launches Champions Wall at Anfield

Liverpool FC is offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their memories and become a part of Anfield history with the launch of its new Champions Wall. 

LFC launches Champions Wall at Anfield
Champions Wall

A unique photomosaic to celebrate the club’s wealth of successes, the Champions Wall gives fans the chance to submit their own personal photographs to make up the final mural image that will be printed on the wall of the Anfield Retail Store.  

This is the first time that supporters’ photographs will be displayed permanently at Anfield – truly embedding them into the club’s history.  

Once all the available photo spaces have been filled, they will be assembled to form the photomosaic. Special software will be used to analyse the colours in supporters' photos and the photomosaic artwork to allocate each photo to the best available colour-matched spot.  

With prices from £45 per place, supporters can share their own photos of what it means to be a Red or those of a loved one to take pride of place at Anfield. They can also add a framed memento to their purchase to bring a piece of history to their home - making it the perfect keepsake for any Red, particularly with Christmas on its way. 

The mosaic is expected to be installed on to the wall of the Anfield Retail store close to the end of the 20/21 season, where fans will who have purchased a place will be able to log back on to the online portal to see where their picture has been located in the mosaic.  

This is a very limited opportunity with only a small number of spaces available on a first come first served basis.  

To purchase your place on the Champions Wall and upload your photo, go to: https://www.liverpoolfc.com/championswall