BOLINHA – GROUP A

Given that the teams where randomly drawn for the two groups competing in Macau’s annual 7 aside competition, Group A was definatly a tougher draw. Of the eight teams, 6 played in Macau’s top flight in the season just gone, whist one had recently won promotion to join them. Leaving AMCM as the rank underdogs to stay alive.

Lam Pak got off to a great start, beating the Development team. Kuan Tai narrowly beat last years Bolinha runners up. Hong Ngai are held to a goalless stalemate by the Police team. Porto see of underdogs AMCM.

Round 1 of 7; Macau U23 2-4 Lam Pak; Kuan Tai 1-0 Pau Peng; Hong Ngai 0-0 Policia; FC Porto 2-0 AMCM

Pau Peng look unlikely to repeat last years heroics as they fail to score again. Lam Pak storm past Policia. Kuan Tai scrape past a brave AMCM. Hong Ngai beat Porto.

Round 2 of 7; Pau Peng 0-0 Macau U23; Lam Pak 3-0 Policia; AMCM 1-2 Kuan Tai; FC Porto 1-2 Hong Ngai

Policia tight as usual against U23 team. Pau Peng and AMCM share their 1st points. Lam Pak and Kuan Tai both maintain 100% records after 3 games.

Round 3 of 7; Macau U23 0-1 Policia; Pau Peng 1-1 AMCM; Lam Pak 2-0 FC Porto; Kuan Tai 2-0 Hong Ngai

AMCM pick up 1st win. Porto make maximum points from Police team. Pau Peng in big trouble. Lam Pak win tough game against Kuan Tai.

Round 4 of 7; AMCM 1-0 Macau U23; Policia 0-2 FC Porto; Hong Ngai 2-1 Pau Peng; Lam Pak 1-0 Kuan Tai

Porto make push for the playoff match. Hong Ngai keep 2nd spot. Kuan Tai lose out in 2nd game in a row. Lam Pak 100% after 5 games.

Round 5 of 7; Macau U23 1-3 FC Porto; AMCM 1-2 Hong Ngai; Kuan Tai 0-1 Policia; Pau Peng 1-3 Lam Pak

LEAGUE STANDINGS SO FAR

  1. (5-0-0; 15pts) Lam Pak
  2. (3-1-1; 10pts) Hong Ngai
  3. (3-0-2; 09pts) FC Porto
  4. (3-0-2; 09pts) Kuan Tai
  5. (2-1-2; 07pts) Policia
  6. (1-1-3; 04pts) AMCM
  7. (0-2-3; 02pts) Pau Peng
  8. (0-1-4; 01pt) Macau U23

OPINION POLL RESULT; what does macau football need?

As a way to get an idea of what the local footballers, and those associated with Macanese football though, the MacauFootball blog set up its first poll. It possed a simple question – what does Macanese football need the most, and the response was very encouraging in terms of numbers of people voting, so firstly, thankyou.

Everyone was given the opportunity to select two of the following;

  • More local media attention for Macau football.
  • Better training or coaching for youngsters.
  • A higher standard of Match Officials – Referees etc.
  • A re-think of the foreigner limit ruling.
  • More facilities for football in general.
  • A more dedicated Macau football association.

 

4 from every 5 voters casted one of their votes in favour of a more dedicated Macau FA. THIRTY NINE PERCENT in total (remember everyone casted two votes) were in favour of having a football association who were more commited to local football.

17% of the vote were in favour of the local media taking a bigger interest in what goes on in the local football scene. Yes, we do care whats happening in the EPL, La Liga and Liga Sagres – but people here do care and should hear more from whats happening on their own doorstep.

A few votes behind with 14%, better footballing facilities. Macau has 3 grass pitches for 36 teams to compete in 4 divisions. Ok, Macau is tiny – but there isnt anywhere near the facilities for 36 teams to train! Ricardo Torrao mentioned in his interview with Macaufootball that the MFA should concider building a facility for football with a dozen grass pitches on it, it wouldnt be difficult for something beneficial to football in Macau to constructed.

  • 11% though a re-think of the foreigner rule was necessary
  • 11% also called for better training facilties, while
  • 8% wanted a higher standard of referees.

The latter 3 are not any less important to Macanese football, but with a run away lead, it has shown that there is an ongoing problem with how football is being orchestrated on Macanese soil.

BOLINHA

THATS RIGHT, ITS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN. THE LOCAL 7 A SIDE TOURNAMENT, KNOWN AS BOLINHA (PORTUGUESE, MEANING SMALL BALL – DUE TO THE GAME BEING PLAYED WITH A SIZE 4 BALL AS OPPOSED TO THE USUAL SIZE 5) BEGINS. DEFENDING CHAMPIONS, KA I, WILL BE CONFIDENT OF REACHING THE SEMI FINAL STAGE WITH VERY LITTLE FUSS, AFTER BEING DRAWN IN A LESS COMPLICATED GROUP THAN THEIR BIGGEST COMPETITORS, LAM PAK.

The draw was made up of two groups in the top tier. Group A consists of eight teams, while group B has seven. All the teams from each group play each other will play each other once. Ultimately, the top 2 teams from each group will progress to a semi final. Top of A will play 2nd place in B, and the winner in B will play the runner up in group A. On the other hand, 3 teams get relegated. The bottom club from each group drop to Bolinha’s 2nd tier, which consists of 105 clubs this year. The second from bottom club from each group will have to face off in a relegation play off, the loser of which drops to the second tier.

The group have been drawn as followed.

GROUP A;

KUAN TAI, HONG NGAI, F.C PORTO, A.M.C.M, POLICIA, PAU PENG, LAM PAK & MACAU U23

The group consists of six teams currently in Macau’s top tier, a team (Kuan Tai) who were relegated dispite battling hard throughout the season and AMCM, who struggled overall in Macau’s 2nd tier last season. Any one of  5 or 6 teams will fancy there chances for the 2 semi final places.

GROUP B;

WINDSOR ARCH KA I, HOI FAN, LAM IENG, TAXI CHI IAO, KEI LUN, LAI CHI & HAC SA

Windsor Arch Ka I will fancy there chances in this group. They are accompanied by Hoi Fan and Lam Ieng who are both fellow Division 1 teams in Macau’s 11 a side championship. The 4 other teams joining them consist of a range of different pedigree’s, but Hac Sa have the potential to cause an upset.

OPENNING 2 ROUNDS OF FIXTURES

10 AUGUST; 730pm – MACAU U23 v LAM PAK.

11 AUGUST; 730pm – KUAN TAI v PAU PENG. 830pm – KA I v LAI CHI.

12 AUGUST; 730pm – HONG NGAI v POLICIA. 830pm – HOI FAN v KEI LUN.

13 AUGUST; 730pm – F.C PORTO v A.M.C.M. 830pm – LAM IENG v TAXI CHI IAO.

17 AUGUST; 730pm – PAU PENG v MACAU U23.

18 AUGUST; 730pm – LAM PAK v POLICIA. 830pm – HAC SA v KEI LUN.

19 AUGUST; 730pm – A.M.C.M v KUAN TAI. 830pm – TAXI CHI IAO v KA I.

20 AUGUST; 730pm – F.C PORTO v HONG NGAI. 830pm – LAM IENG v HOI FAN.

OPINION POLL

MACAU FOOTBALL

Why would anyone want to spend their time writting a blog about football in a country that most people dont even know exsist’s? Well, my answer would be, why not?

With a population of little over half a million people, Macau is one of the world smallest, but most self-sufficant countries in the world. Known as the Las Vegas of the east, Macau is famed for being home to some of the biggest casino gaming halls in some of the most picturesque hotels anywhere. Formerly a Portuguese colony, there is still multi cultural feel to this small area of south east asia in which east really has met west.

Many of Macau’s 500,000 residents are self confessing football fans, knowing the in’s and out’s of every inch of the English Premier League or Spain’s La Liga – but ask them which club are the reigning champions in Macau and you will see alot of blank faces. Macau plays host to a 10 team upper tier, a 10 team second division, two 8 team third tiers and a fourth tier consisting of many teams broken into as many as 15 groups of 5 or 6 teams played in a 7aside format. Ask someone to name any of these teams… and those blank faces come back.

The top level of Macau’s football is played in the 16,000 seater ‘Estadio de Taipa’. The stadium has played host to pre-season training games for both Manchester United and Chelsea F.C in recent years, and is due to see stars from Portuguese champions Benfica next.

For Macau’s championship, the stadium will attract crowds, well groups of a mere few dozen people. The enterence is free, so why so little interest? Is the standard to Macau’s local football really that bad? No, I think not. Granted, there is definately room for improvement, but that goes for every aspect of football in Macau.

Media does a little bit to help out. The local Macau newspaper will write a corner report of the previous days results (always in Cantonese). The local television station does a late night round up on the Portuguese channel, showing highlights of the weekends games on a Monday night, with its Chinese counterpart doing a less enthusiastic attempt, showing one or two goals from a handful of games. Could, or should more be done to promote the world’s game locally?

There is a saying back home which states that ‘any publicity is good publicity’. So, that said, welcome to Macau Football’s brand new blog page