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

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Neil on July 30, 2010 at 6:45 am

    i look forward to reading more!

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  2. Thankyou Neil. With the annual Bolinha (Portuguese meaning small ball) tournament just around the corner, there will be more items on the way. Also, there are Q and A sessioned planned with some of the key players and managers from the 2010 league season

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  3. Hey man, love the idea for this blog. Keep it up!

    I collect national team football shirts (take a look at my blog). I’m really struggling to find a Macau one. Do you think you’ll be able to help me?

    Do get in touch.

    Thanks,

    Nick

    Reply

  4. Hey man, here’s my blog, please get in touch:
    http://myfootballshirtprojt.blogspot.com

    Reply

  5. Posted by Sarpong on September 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    my name is kuwka sarpong am a football l went to join your football team and even coming to Malaysia to look for a team to play, l went to come to your club and train with your team by 2 Oct , 2011 l will be in your country ,the is my email address exprempeh@ yahoo.com try and mail Thanks

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  6. I too am a collector of National Football Team shirts. I’m also having a heck of a time finding a Macau shirt. If you think you could help me get in touch with someone who could help me get one, I’d appreciate it.

    Reply

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