Lunar New Year Cup
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|Organising body||Hong Kong Football Association|
|Current champions||Auckland City|
|2017 Lunar New Year Cup|
The Lunar New Year Cup, previously known as the Carlsberg Challenge or the Carlsberg Cup, is an annual football tournament organised in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) since 1908. It is usually held on the first and the fourth day of the Chinese New Year as a part of the new year celebrations. The tournament was called the Carlsberg Cup from 1986 to1989, from 1993 to 2006 as Carlsberg was the major sponsor of the event.
Since the 2007 edition of the event, the competition has officially been known as the Lunar New Year Cup by the Hong Kong Football Association. This is because Carlsberg is now no longer the major sponsor but a mere co-sponsor. During 2011 and 2012, the name of the event was changed to Asian Challenge Cup.
In the period before and around the Second World War, the Lunar New Year Cup was competed for by teams from Hong Kong and mainland China. Since 1950, HKFA has invited at least one overseas team to enter the competition. Before 1982, there were three exhibition matches in the tournament. The first two were usually played by the Hong Kong national football team, Hong Kong player team and Hong Kong League XI while the Chinese XI played the last match.
In 1983, there was a main sponsorship for the competition for the first time and the number of invited teams was increased to three. From 1993 onwards, national teams rather than club teams were invited to participate in the competition.
Competition name and sponsorship
|1983||鐵達時 Cup||鐵達時 (?)|
|1984||Adidas Gold Cup||Adidas|
|2008||Wing Lung Bank Cup||Wing Lung Bank|
|2010||Fortis Insurance Company Tiger Lunar New Year Cup||Fortis Insurance Company|
|2011||RedMR Asian Challenge Cup||RedMR|
|2012||Nikon Asian Challenge Cup||Nikon|
|2013||China Mobile Satellite Communications Cup||China Mobile Satellite Communications|
|2017||Nike Lunar New Year Cup||Nike|
- China Mobile Satellite Communications Cup Final Busan IPARK (KOR) 1:0 Shanghai East Asia (CHN)
- Exciting Nike Lunar New Year Cup 2017 kicks-off Year of the Rooster on Saturday afternoon
- Hallelujah FC finished runners-up in Hongkong football tournament
- Daewoo FC finished 3rd in Adidas Cup
- Lucky-Goldstar FC finished 3rd Place in Carlsberg Cup