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The First Female Champion: A Brief History Of

The First Female Champion: A Brief History Of


Established in 1932, Eastern Sports Club are
among the oldest teams in Asia, but until recently they were
still unheard of outside Hong Kong. This changed drastically in 2016, when their
head coach Chan Yuen- ting made international headlines for being
the first woman in history to lead a men’s team to a
domestic league title. In 2017, Eastern added another record by becoming
the first team from Hong Kong to participate in the Asian Champions League
group stages, where they compete with the best clubs
from China, South Korea, and Japan. Hong Kong might not be home to one of Asia’s
most popular football leagues, but the small autonomous region in the south of China has had a long football tradition. A former British colony, football arrived
in Hong Kong in the late 19 th century. The first cup competition – known as Senior
Shield – was founded as early as 1896 and is still an annual highlight today. The Golden era of Hong Kong football started
in the 1950s and lasted until the late 1980s. During this
time, the league managed to attract many big names from overseas. Among them were Alan Ball and Bobby Moore, who both joined Eastern in 1982/83 at the end of their careers. Eastern invited Moore in December 1981 to
play in the Senior Shield final. Already 40 years of age by
then, he played for the last twelve minutes of the game, when Eastern had already secured a comfortable lead. After that Moore returned to England, but
in August 1982 Eastern offered him a head coach position. Unfortunately, Moore failed to succeed in
his coaching debut and eventually stayed for just one season. Back then, local football was dominated by
big teams such as Seiko , who hired stars like Aarie Haan, and Eastern remained very much a mid-table team throughout this time. Although football in Hong Kong started declining
in the 1990s, this was the time when Eastern Sports Club had their biggest period of success. Between 1992 and 1995 they won the league
title three consecutive times, but they failed to qualify
for the Asian Club Championship, the predecessor of today’s Asian Champions League. For a considerable amount of time, Eastern
were supported by Taiwanese businessmen, which gave them a close connection
to the Kuomintang (Gwoa-min-tang), the ruling party of Taiwan. Matches against other teams in Hong Kong that
were affiliated with pro-Communist forces were dubbed as “Civil War” derbies, but
nowadays these strong political backgrounds have ceased to exist. In 2014, Eastern experienced a revival, and
big investment allowed them to assemble some of Hong Kong’s most talented players. One of the most impressive signings was goalkeeper
Yapp Hung-fai. Over the years, Yapp has become an icon for
Hong Kong football. In 2009 he won the gold medal in the
East Asian Games, when Hong Kong beat Japan in penalties on home soil. Back then, Yapp was just 19
years of age and has since become the undisputed number one goalkeeper for the Hong Kong national
team. His impressive saves were also a major factor
when Hong Kong held the Chinese national team to ​two goalless draws in the World Cup qualifiers – an outcome that no-one dared to predict. Nowadays, Yapp captains both the national team and Eastern Sports Club – and he is known for giving
loud instructions to his teammates. When it comes to coaching, however, there is someone else who has the final say. Chan Yuen-ting took over the head coach position
in December 2015 and immediately led Eastern to their first championship title in 21 years. Just a few weeks after her appointment, she won the prestigious Senior Shield trophy. However, her success has had far bigger implications. When Eastern
secured the championship, the news of the historic event spread like wildfire. Within just hours, global
media reported that Chan Yuen-ting had become the first woman to win a national championship
with a men’s team. Since then, Chan – also known under her
local nickname “Beef Ball” – has become a role-
model for gender equality and has been selected by BBC among the 100 most influential women of 2016. With a Guinness World Record under her belt,
Chan has reached another milestone. In February
2017, she faced world-renowned coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, when Eastern faced Guangzhou Evergrande in the Asian Champions League.

Comments (81)

  1. Do a video on indian super league club Delhi Dynamos please…

  2. Legends Alessandro del Piero and Roberto Carlos played for dynamos and florent malouda still plays for them

  3. Do Brief History of: The fall of the NSL and the rise of the A-League

  4. this is the kind of content i subbed for.
    huge respect for talking about an asian club. asian people are actually people are really passionate about football.

  5. Thx for doing something with hong kong

  6. YESSSSSSS finally someone shining some light on something related for Hong Kong. Love that. Thanks guys.

  7. Would be truly interesting if you would do a video about football in Africa. For example the Boycott of the 1966 World Cup

  8. i thoght hong kong teams play in chinas championship

  9. well as a Hongkonger it's great to see a club from Hong Kong made the list 🙂 Thanks mate!

  10. Footballers in Hong Kong top football league standard is about fifth-tier National Conference in England…

  11. Brilliant under the radar content. Best football channel
    A story about Kashima Antlers' rise and eventual final with Real Madrid would be nice to see!

  12. Have a special section in ur playlist for Asian clubs..Would be a good cuisine..cover teams like urawa,antlers,tokyo fc,al ain,esteghlal etc. and last but not the least .. indian football..

  13. Sad that they were thumped 7 nil in ACL,,though the other match they played well and secured a draw.

  14. YESSSSS. We're on a worldwide tour now aren't we?
    Anyway, I think an exploration of the growing emergence of football in Asia is an important area to cover so I'd love to see you guys look at India as well.
    Perhaps you could do a new season of Rags to Riches there as well.😂

  15. Also, as a person from Kenya, I'd love to see you guys look into football in Africa as well.
    I guess the obvious places to start would be Northern Africa in general and South Africa in particular but anyway, it's whatever you guys decide.
    I know you get plenty of different suggestions but this is mine.

  16. Great video on a relatively unknown club from a relatively unknown city :). Coming from Hong Kong, I was pleasantly surprised to see a video done on a club from my country. Respect and thanks for painting such an informative picture of our football scene.

    Unfortunately it seems some people do not understand the meaning of national pride, shaming our 'quality'.

    Nonetheless, we in Hong Kong are very passionate about football. We stay up past midnight for most premier league games and past 3 am for champions league games. Looking forward to more exposure of Asian clubs from this channel!

  17. derby county 07/08

  18. do johor darul takzim

  19. Fucking awesome vid

  20. As a Hongkonger, I am really happy to see Eastern Sports Club and Hong Kong football being noticed by foreigners.
    Thx for making this video

  21. This makes me feel so so proud as a Hongkonger. We may not have the best national team in the world, but we 100% have passionate players, coaches and fans. 🙂

  22. Yaap Hung Fai can easily beat most European shitty goalkeepers (like Bravo), 30 saves with 0 goals conceded in a match are no joke!

  23. Shouldn't it be Arie Haan instead of Aarie?

  24. That league is weird they have english men that plays and are 55+ old

  25. wow most my friends are from hk and they dont know about this.

  26. do a video about football in india

  27. Holy shit. I never expected you'd make a video for this football club

  28. Mohun Bagan is another one of the oldest teams based in India … Would be nice if you did something on that as well …. btw, love all your vdos … Keep up the good work …

  29. I didn't expect anyone, ever, to cover a Hong Kong football club. So proud when they made it to the AFC champions league, even though they got smashed 7-0 by Evergrande. Proud to be a Hong Konger

  30. Can you do rise and fall of Red Star Belgrade?

  31. Best football content of any channel on Youtube and bonus for not one mention of FIFA 17.

  32. Can you do Western Sydney Wanderes win of the Asian Champions league in their second ever season

  33. I've heard of Eastern before, but I never knew that they had a pretty interesting story! Good vid guys, keep up the great work!

  34. I've heard of Eastern before, but I never knew that they had a pretty interesting story! Good vid guys, keep up the great work!

  35. this series should keep going

  36. she must be a great motivator if you know what I mean

  37. I am from HK but I NEVER thought this channel would put something about Hong Kong!

  38. Wow that's amazing, why didn't we hear of this?

    Her league triumph clearly was no easy feat either.

  39. do foggia, le havre… more clubs with actual tradition. this video is just on here because the British are obsessed with Asia.

  40. Please do a video on the oldest club of Asia… McDowell Mohun Bagan FC

  41. awesome to see this as someone in hong kong! Eastern are top of the league right now and 2 more games to win it..

  42. I live in hong kong and this is all real

  43. watching you talking about this club made me wonder how on earth did u know so much about this local team?!!? luckily enough to be raised in HK, I've been to numerous games and happened to witness Eastern to complete this huge achievement and thank you for spreading the passion that Hong Kong people have for football!!
    p.s. Yip is an excellent goalkeeper that is one of my idols

  44. as a Hongkonger it's wonderful to see a club from Hong Kong gets some degree of attention from the western media 🙂 thanks guyss

  45. I'm born in Hong Kong and I support Pegasus,I would like to say I'm so proud that a Hong Kong Team can be mentioned in this brilliant channel , keep up the good work , u deserve more subscribers #wearehongkong

  46. can you do a video on how united defend so effectively inspite of covering the least distance in premier league

  47. Didn't your channel have 17K subs like only last week? Brilliant from you, keep it up! 😀

  48. You guys really do your research – great stuff!
    Can you cover either something from the danish super league (maybe the new firm derby) or back when Denmark won the euro of '92?
    Anyway thanks! – Rasmus

  49. You should do blackpool

  50. Can you do a video on partick thistle with the save the jags then promotion then relegation and eventually promotion to the spl

  51. I make a habit of getting a club shirt whenever I go on holiday. Must return to HK and get one of their shirts

  52. Do one on the FIFA Scandal.

  53. The Eastern – Guangzhou match was a 7-0 for Eastern FC

  54. Always love seeing some obscure parts of the footballing world that I never really get exposed to.

  55. Love the song 😉 Thanks for using it!! If you need more, you can contact me directly, but its up to you. Love the video too!

  56. Yet to see one about African football.

  57. Please look into NPFL of Nigeria.. Especially how KANO PILLARS won an unprecedented three titles in a row

  58. HongKonger here! tq very much uMAXit !

  59. I really love your stories! But, almost like in any other of your videos, there are spelling mistakes. It's Arie Haan, not Aarie Haan. Would be good to have a look a that prior to publishing the video.

  60. Well first of all I have so much respect and appreciation on uMAXit productions.

    But one thing, you may not be from Hong Kong and might not know what this club, Eastern done in the second half of 2016. From the ACL 2017 eligibility incident happened last year, Eastern involved in a number of scandal including cheating and betrayal. This club forced the HKFA and fellow clubs to hand them ACL place by threatening to get Hong Kong penalized by the AFC.

    This resulted in far-reaching effects: life-long grudges between them and another Hong Kong club, Kitchee, and damaged the unity and togetherness among Hong Kong football fans.

    I see uMAXit very serious in their researches but I believe that's something you should look into before publishing this.

  61. Guardiola recently said that "in England the ball is more in the air than on the ground" I think a something online the lines of the tactical differences between the top leagues would be cool … keep up the great work

  62. How about the actual oldest countries in Asia? Mohun Bagan and others with history going back to mid 19th century…

  63. A video on Eibar would be good
    They're 8th in La Liga with a stadium that would be the third smallest if they were in the EFL League One

  64. Thank you so much for introducing the club in my homeland! Actually u hv already made bigger effort for hk football than our government…….

  65. You ignored that Australian clubs also participate in the Asian Champions League.

  66. just as an interesting side note, if anyone sees it: on the April 25th, EFC and GEG are going to go at it again on EFC home ground.

  67. Loud instructions such as "Diu lei lo mo" haha

  68. as a hong konger, i never thought id see a day when someone would make a video on a hong kong team. a lot of people think that we are not as passionate about football here but we really are. we stay up until as late 4am on weekdays to watch matches, if thats not passion, i dont know what is.

  69. Nicely done mate!! As a Hong Kong football fan, am delighted to see someone bring more attention to Asian football.
    Also please check out my channel for Hong Kong footballer highlights!

  70. please do on Mohan Bhagan, the oldest club in Asia. Their Derby with East Bengal Derby attracts more than 100k crowd every year

  71. Love this type of content. Could you possibly provide some content on thai football? Thai football is currently booming!

  72. Salute to the lady coach

  73. Greetings from Hong Kong! Thanks so much for covering this 🙂
    Last time our football receive some sort of attention outside Hong Kong should be in 2011, when Mateja Kezman and Nicky Butt joined South China.

  74. She has recently recently resigned http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/eastern-s-trailblazing-female-coach-chan-resigns_sto6183576/story.shtml#uk-tw-sh

  75. highlanders fc zim

  76. But unfortunately she resigned from her head coach position after the final match of last season against Kitchee with a 1-4 defeat at home.

  77. I love your hidden stories on football we never hear on the daily bases but your channel seem to elude African football. I an African (Ghanaian to be precise) and I would love it if you show how rich our football history and tradition is.

  78. Beef ball is a fantastic nickname

  79. I mean I don't really care

  80. I thought this video was about the first female manager of a male team. Not the history of eastern?

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