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FIFA World Cup 18 Qualifiers - CN vs HK match in Shenzhen on Sep 3 - Where to buy tickets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast:
    I guess there are a couple of questions

    1) Do Hong Kong have a chance of winning?

    If yes then
    2) Which gives a better home advantage,
    a) Mong Kok's tiny ground that will stop China getting into a rhythm with a few baying fans or
    b) Main Stadium with its much bigger pitch an more likely to benefit China and a packed stadium of screaming (anti mainland) fans.

    Option a) gives the lowest chance of significant embarrassment. Losing a game can be explained. Losing the hearts of the people in the city can't.
    I don't see why playing in a bigger stadium hands the advantage to China. They drew 0-0 in Shenzhen a few weeks back and that was played in a 60,000 seater.

    I can see the atmosphere in either stadium verging on hostile, which is the way you want it for a big game regardless of the politics. You want the away team feeling uncomfortable. Massive difference if you can get 40,000 people yelling abuse and booing compared to a few thousand in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu79:
    I don't see why playing in a bigger PITCH hands the advantage to China. They drew 0-0 in Shenzhen a few weeks back and that was played in a 60,000 seater.
    Pitch rather than stadium. China are the better team but a tiny pitch may act as a leveller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast:
    Pitch rather than stadium. China are the better team but a tiny pitch may act as a leveller.
    Is the pitch at Mong Kok smaller? I know the stadium is, but is there much difference in the field dimensions?

    Anyway, the home team is in control of pitch marking, so if a smaller (or narrower) pitch is in Hong Kong's favour they could just mark the pitch at Happy Valley to their liking, as long as it meets standard FIFA criteria.
    Last edited by Stu79; 22-09-2015 at 11:58 PM.

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    FIFA World Cup 18 Qualifiers - CN vs HK match in Shenzhen on Sep 3 - Where to...

    Mong Kok Stadium 105m x 65m

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    Hong Kong Stadium 105 x 68m

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    Not sure how accurate that is, as the minimum required pitch width for World Cup games is 68m.

    Scroll down to page 60 if you want to check the rules:

    http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tour...ts_en_8211.pdf

    Obviously HK have been playing games in Mong Kok so the pitch must conform to the required rules.


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    64m ( wide ) is minimum as far as I remember


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    Different rules apply to World Cup games, the laws apply to all levels of football from park pitches upwards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom007:
    Mong Kok Stadium 105m x 65m

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    Hong Kong Stadium 105 x 68m

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    Someone from the HKFA was obviously toeing the government line when he suggested Mong Kok was the better place for a win because of the smaller pitch

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    Mong Kok Stadium to host HK's match against China - RTHK


    You can see the headlines now
    FIFA to investigate Hong Kong for chooses sub-optimum stadium

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