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Transfer Updates: Summer 2019

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As every year, the summer months promise lots of rumours and activities on the local transfer market. Offside.hk will summarize the confirmed ins-and-outs while the teams of the Hong Kong Premier League will prepare for next season, which is
'As every year, the summer months promise lots of rumours and activities on the local transfer market. Offside.hk will summarize the confirmed ins-and-outs while the teams of the Hong Kong Premier League will prepare for next season, which is scheduled to start at the end of August 2019.  Players marked with an asterisk (*) are rumoured to join/leave the club, but there has been no official confirmation yet. Last Update: 19 July 2019 KITCHEE In: Wellingsson de Souza (Southern) Manuel Bleda (Eastern) Cleiton (Yuen Long) Matthew Orr (starting from Nov) Brian Fok Kim Dongjin (assistant coach, defense) Law Tsz-chun (loan ended, Dreams) Yuto Nakamura (Tai Po) Ju Yingzhi (Eastern) Josip Tadic (Sūduva Marijampolė) Paulo Cesar Out: Josip Tadic Nando Recio (Lee Man) Jordi Tarres (Lee Man) Matt Lam (R&F) Harima Hirokane (Eastern) TAI PO In: Michel Lugo (Eastern) Au Yeung Yiu-chung (Dreams) Harrison Sawyer (Davao Aguilas, Philippines) Philip Chan Siu-kwan (Eastern) Chung Wai-keung (Pegasus) Lee Ka-ho (Pegasus) Lam Ngai-tong (Rotterdam Mutual) Cheng Tsz-sum (Lee Man) Chin Alex Palelei Yeung Chi-lun (Pegasus) Out: Lee Chi-kin (coach, Eastern) Igor Sartori (R&F) Eduardo Praes (Eastern) Joao Emir (Eastern) Tsang Man-fai (Eastern) Lee Ka-ho (Eastern) Lee Ka-yiu (Eastern) Leung Kwun-chung (Eastern) Chak Ting-fung (Eastern) Chung Wai-keung (Eastern) Philip Chan Siu-kwan (Southern) Harry Sawyer PEGASUS In: Pedro Garcia (coach, Kitchee) Walter Soares Jr.* (TBC, on loan, Eastern) Shu Sasaki* (TBC, Rangers) Jack Sealy (Tai Po) Liu Pui-fung (Dreams) Zhang Chunhui (goalkeeping coach, Eastern District) Cheung Kwok-ming (Rangers) Lau Chi-lok (Rangers) Yeung Chi-lun (Rangers, loan ended) Out: Yeung Ching-kwong (coach, R&F) Yeung Chi-lun (Tai Po) Jean-Jacques Kilama Leong Ka-hang (Lee Man) Fong Pak-lun (Lee Man) Yuen Ho-chun (Lee Man) Leung Nok-hang (R&F) Chung Wai-keung (Tai Po) Jordan Lam Lok-kan (Dreams) Fan Chun-yip (goalkeeping coach, Eastern) Chu Siu-ki (coaching staff) Ko Chun Wilson (Lee Man) EASTERN In: Robson Shimabuku (on loan, Cova Piedade) Graham Harvey (coach, Western Pride FC) Lam Ka-wai (Kitchee) Everton Camargo (Yuen Long) Walter Soares Jr. (Yuen Long) Lau Ho-lam (Yuen Long) Naveed Khan (aka Wong Lik-wai) Matthew Chan Ching-him (Southern District) Philip Chan Siu-kwan (loan ended, Southern District) Yiu Ho-ming (loan ended, Yuen Long) Tse Long-hin (loan ended, Lee Man) Liu Fu-yuen (Wong Tai Sin) Fan Chun-yip (goalkeeping coach, Pegasus) Out: Philip Chan Siu-kwan (Tai Po) Tse Man-wing (Dreams) Bai He (R&F) Ju Yingzhi (Kitchee) Lo Kong-wai (R&F) Bruno Correa Michel Lugo (Tai Po) Walter Soares Junior (TBC, loaned out, Pegasus) Vitor Saba Lee Chi-ho SOUTHERN In: Nikola Komazec (Bhayangkara FC) Dhiego Martins (Tai Po) Marko Krasic (Rangers) Ticao (Yuen Long) Out: Paul Olivier Ngue (Xinjiang Tianshan) Carles Martinez (Barakaldo CF, Spain) Marcos de la Espada (Atletico Baleares, Spain) Diego Garrido Philip Chan Siu-kwan (Eastern, loan ended) Matthew Chan Ching-him (Eastern) Leung Tsz-chun (Dreams) YUEN LONG In: Jean Moser Cleiton de Oliveira Velasques Caleb Ekwegwo Chan Ka-ho (on loan, Kitchee) Yip Ka-yu (Lee Man) Tse Wai-chun (Rangers) Chan Pak-hang (Pegasus) Out: Yu Wai-lim (Lee Man) Ticao (Southern District) Lau Ho-lam (Eastern) Lau Ka-ming (Southern) Everton Camargo (Eastern) Lai Yiu-cheong (loan ended, Lee Man) Yiu Ho-ming (loan ended, Eastern) Walter Soares Junior (Eastern) Chan Ka-ho (loan ended, Kitchee) Chan Hin-kwong (Lee Man) Tam Lok-hin (Lee Man) Ip Chung-long Aleksandar Randelovic R&F In: Lam Zhi-gin (Kitchee) Yuen Chun-sing (Tai Po) Tan Chun-lok (on loan, Guangzhou R&F) Yeung Ching-kwong (coach, Pegasus) Leung Nok-hang (Pegasus) Sean Tse (Tai Po) Lo Kwan-yee (Kitchee) Tsang Tung-ming Mak Fu-shing Li Cheuk-hon Bai He (Eastern) Lo Kong-wai ( Eastern) Out: Li Rui (Guangzhou R&F) LEE MAN In: Chan Hiu-ming (coach, Macau FA) Tsang Chiu-tag (assistant coach, Yuen Long) Pang Tsz-kin (Yuen Long) Alexandre Talento (free agent) Crescendo van Berkel (Sandefjord) Fran Gonzalez (Bytovia Bytow) Fong Pak-lun (Pegasus) Yuen Ho-chun (Pegasus) Leong Ka-hang (Pegasus) Yu Wai-lim (Yuen Long) Tam Lok-hin (Yuen Long) Cheng Siu-kwan (Rangers) Baek Ji-hoon (Seoul E-Land) Chan Hin-kwong (Yuen Long) Lai Yiu-cheong (loan ended, Yuen Long) Ko Chun Wilson (Pegasus) Wong Yim-kwan (Yuen Long) Out: Denis Lima Son Min-chol Felix Luk (Hoi King) Matt Lam (loan ended, Kitchee) Lee Kai-chi (Hoi King) Luciano da Silva Tse Long-hin (loan ended, Eastern) Yip Ka-yu (Yuen Long) DREAMS In: Diego Higino Jordan Lam Lok-kan (Pegasus) Pang Chiu-yin (Yuen Long) Hinson Wong Chun-hin (Yuen Long) Shu Kitamura (Eastern) Tse Man-wing (Eastern) Chan Ho-chun (Wing Go Fu Moon) Leung Tsz-chun (Southern) Out: Liu Pui-fung (Pegasus) Robson Leung Ka-hai Au Yeung Yiu-chung Lam Wan-kit Lau Tak-yan Harima Hirokane (loan ended, Kitchee) Jose Galan Li Ka-chun (retired) Arkaitz Ruiz Wong Yiu-fu (Hoi King) Choi Chan-in (fitness coach, Macau) Law Tsz-chun (loan ended, Kitchee) HOI KING In: Wong Yiu-fu (Dreams) Lee Kai-chi (Lee Man) Sun Ming-him Liu Chi-him Chan Man-chun Lau Wing-sang, Rinson Chan Cheuk-kwong Felix Luk (Lee Man) Harima Hirokane (Kitchee, on loan) Wong Tsz-chun Lau Tak-yan Chris Annan (Kitchee, on loan) Mark Swainston (Kitchee, on loan) Sebastian Buddle (Kitchee, on loan) Paulo Cesar (Kitchee, on loan) Lew Wai-yip Leo Peres Philip To Chan Wai-lok Chiu Chun-kit Tsang Tsz-hin Liu Kin-po Ng Siu-fai Ko Chun Sean'

Jaimes McKee retires: “I’m incredibly lucky to have represented HK for so many years”

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“You looked knackered in that photo!” – “I was knackered in that photo. I ran around endlessly all night”, humble Jaimes McKee once recalled. The photo in question, with McKee looking totally exhausted, was from the famous Hong Kong versus China
'“You looked knackered in that photo!” –  “I was knackered in that photo. I ran around endlessly all night”, humble Jaimes McKee once recalled.  The photo in question, with McKee looking totally exhausted, was from the famous Hong Kong versus China World Cup qualifying match that was held at Mong Kok Stadium back in September 2015.  That evening, i n the cauldron of Hong Kong’s home stadium, McKee showed the characteristics which have made him such a fan favourite: a huge heart and the willingness to work hard. “Knackered!” McKee against China in the World Cup qualifying match at Mong Kok Stadium in 2015 So it came a bit as a shock when on July 16th Jaimes McKee announced his retirement from the professional game at the relatively young age of 32.  For those who know him,he is far and away from being the typical superstar footballer. Instead, he truly played for the love of the game whilst realising that he had been given an incredible opportunity which he had managed to seize without any regrets.  In a short statement to the local football community, the Hong Kong international has decided that he needs a change in his life and that he is ready to close this chapter of his journey. “It’s hard to put into words. The Hong Kong fans have been absolutely fantastic. They’ve given me so many amazing   memories. I wish I could have given them more to celebrate, maybe scored a few more of my chances, but I’m incredibly lucky to have represented Hong Kong for so many years. Thank you!” For Hong Kong fans, this news will be hard to take, as he has been such a consistent part of the local football scene for over a decade. A regular ‘everyman’ who grafted away for his teams, he may could have offered many more years, though he felt his time in the game as a player was up and wanted to move onto newer pastures.  McKee started his career at the Hong Kong Football Club, but it was at Pegasus and then Eastern where he truly flourished as a player. This also let him step through another open door of opportunity, as he  became a consistent part of the Hong Kong national men’s team. There was definitely a huge weight of expectations on his young shoulders, yet he was level-headed enough to handle the intense pressure.  “Expectations on young shoulders” – McKee led the Hong Kong attack for many years. Those epic World Cup qualifying games in 2015, in which Hong Kong held China twice to goalless draws, brought him a new level of celebrity, yet he remained true to himself, grounded and hardworking. He seemed always just happy to play, while always wanting to improve, yet occasionally pinching himself to see if this was all just one incredible dream.  McKee will now face the same daunting transition that many professional athletes undertake when they retire, and as both the floodlights and the adulation fade, he will have to decide what to do next. McKee has many interests off the pitch and always wants to learn, though it has not been all plain sailing in the archaic world of local football, so he hopes to make a difference in one way or another. C oaching is something which he wishes to pursue, and there is no doubt he will pursue this with the same vigour which he showed as a player.  Every time he stepped onto a pitch, McKee played his heart out and this was apparent for all to see. Maybe he knew that football, like life, is transient, and that for all his efforts, the “game” itself would not last forever and the cheers would slowly drift away. Thus, he sought to squeeze every moment that he could out of the game he loves. Many will be forever grateful for his tireless efforts and wish him all the best in the next stage of his life journey. The playing boots have been permanently slung up yet the many memories will persist.  One door has shut and there is no turning back, yet surely, another door will open soon.'

Get your 2018/19 Season Review as PDF

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Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Hong Kong Football Podcast produced the third Season Review this year, which was published in May 2019 and was handed out at local football games for free. The newest feature provided
'Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Hong Kong Football Podcast produced the third Season Review this year, which was published in May 2019 and was handed out at local football games for free. The newest feature provided another thought-provoking cover, with a red minibus heading to Tai Po, ready to take the trophy out of Kitchee’s hand.  All copies are gone, but you can now download the magazine as a convenient PDF version. 2018/19 Season Review – PDF (Low Resolution – 5.8 MB) 2018/19 Season Review – PDF (High Resolution – 10 MB) Did you miss the previous magazines? Link  to the 2016/17 Season Review Link  to the 2017/18 Season Review.'