Meet Hang Yuan FC, the club shaping the future of football in Taiwan
It was a pleasant, windless night for the 1,200-strong crowd sitting on the terraces of the Estádio Campo Desportivo in Macau, as they enjoyed local champions Benfica de Macau’s entertaining comeback at the expenses of Hang Yuan FC. It took an unlikely left-footed effort by Gabonese centre-back Gilchrist Nguema and a brace from Macanese international Carlos Leonel to nullify the game’s other brace, crafted by Chen Ching-hsuan in the first 45 minutes.
Despite his team losing all of the remaining five matches in Group I of the 2018 AFC Cup, the historical significance behind Chen’s performance more than justified his teammates’ jack-knives on the grass on that night in early March, for those were the first two goals ever netted by a Taiwanese side in a major continental tournament.
Sunday’s best match saw Hang Yuan fall two goals behind to NTUS early in the second half in Taichung, before the visitors netted three times to complete a thrilling comeback.
NTUS went ahead early through forward Chen Po-yu and Kao Wei-chieh made it 2-0 in the 55th minute. Hang Yuan’s Brazilian striker Luan Anderson scored from close range in the 62nd minute, before Haitian defender Judelin Aveska equalized with a header from a free-kick after 82 minutes.
Attacking midfielder Wu Yen-shu chested the ball down during a goalmouth scramble before blasting into the net three minutes from time to complete the come-from-behind victory for third-placed Hang Yuan, who have 18 points.
Former Haiti international Judelin Aveska on Sunday scored the only goal of the match as Hang Yuan edged Ming Chuan University 1-0, while Taipower and Tatung scored big wins over bottom-of-the-table teams, and Taichung Futuro shut out Taiwan Steel for a surprise 1-0 victory in the Hua Nan Bank Taiwan Football Premier League.
Aveska had received more lucrative offers from clubs in Chile and Lebanon, “but I gave my promise and decided to return for Hang Yuan,” he said.
Brasileiro já joga futebol há um mês e se destaca em Taiwan
Atacante do Hang Yuan FC, vice-líder do campeonato após quatro rodadas, o brasileiro está em Taiwan há três anos e deverá completar em 2021 o curso superior em gestão em turismo.
Integrante na adolescência da Fundação Filhos de Buda, projeto socioeducativo para famílias carentes criado pela Associação Internacional Luz de Buda e pelo templo Zu Lai na região de Cotia (a 35 km de São Paulo), Luan foi selecionado para projeto de intercâmbio com uma universidade de Taiwan.
We spoke to two young stars from the men's and women's teams of top-flight side Hang Yuan FC to get their views on playing in one of only a few active domestic football championships in the world.
Highly rated 20-year-old midfield prospect Wu Yen-shu, who idolises Ronaldinho and Son Heung-min, and Hang Yuan FC Women's captain Chen Ying-hui, 21 and a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo and Chinese Taipei veteran Lai Li-chin, revealed their experiences, hopes and goals for this season in an exclusive interview with the-AFC.com.