Friday, June 09, 2006

Hong Kong Football History

Since today is the opening game of the World Cup (go Deutschland!), it seems apropos that we mention that on June 21, the Hong Kong Museum of History will be offering a special exhibition jointly with the National Football Museum of the UK on the history of football.

The only shame is that it hasn't opened already! It's great that the Museum is reaching out to new audiences with populist shoows that will certainly pull more people through their doors.

It will also include an exhibit on Hong Kong football. The first games in the city were played fairly early on, and the oldest club formed was the Hong Kong Foootball Club, in 1886.

You may be amused by this link here, which talks a bit about the glory days of Hong Kong football in te 1950s, when the national team (if you can call it that) made it to 3 out of the 4 Asian Cups organized at that time.

I was most intrigued by the story of the match Hong Kong played on May 19, 1985 in Beijing during a World Cup Qualification campaign. Hong Kong needed to win, but China only needed the draw. Hong Kong, derided as no-hopers, pulled off a shock 2-1 win in the match.

I was thinking, I can't believe that the local film industry complains about falling revenues for their tired old formulaic triad films and stupid farces when a clever film-maker has such great raw material to work with, and which could be a truly meaningful film in the process...

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