Becks in town for an exhibition match on March 9.
Yes we know this is not shopping or entertainment news, but we know many of our readers would kill us if we didn’t report the news that David Beckham and his team will be in Hong Kong to play an exhibition match on March 9th.
The game against a Hong Kong Union side will be the third and last match of an Asian tour that will take Beckham and his team mates to Seoul for a match on March 1 and Shanghai for a match on March 5.
The star power of former England skipper Beckham is expected to generate huge crowds at the three money-spinning exhibition games for the Los Angeles Galaxy which will be shown on TV in both Asia and in the US.
Announcing the Hong Kong date, the Los Angeles club’s assistant general manager said in a statement: “We are very excited to be able to add this important third match to the Galaxy’s Asia Tour 2008.”
The Hong Kong match will be played in the 40,000 seater Hong Kong Stadium. Earlier, the Galaxy will take on FC Seoul at the Seoul World Cup Stadium and a Shanghai-Hong Kong United team in Shanghai four days later.
We believe this to be even bigger news than if the Spice Girls did show up for their previously announced concert appearance in Hong Kong last month. But having Becks in town will create a stir, with or without Posh.
UPDATE FEB. 29: Even though there has been some talk yesterday that Becks’ appearance might not be happening, the SCMP has confirmed today that he is ready to rock with the LA Galaxy on March 9th:
After two days of meetings and discussions, the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has agreed to sanction an exhibition match between Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy and a South China Invitation Team on Sunday week.
“An agreement has been reached with the promoter and the match is definitely on,” HKFA deputy secretary Lam Shing-kui said yesterday.
Lam said the match would be held at the Hong Kong Stadium, with the South China Invitation Team comprising players from the champions and other clubs.
The Galaxy also confirmed on their website the game had been given the go-ahead: “The LA Galaxy have announced they will play a pre-season friendly in Hong Kong on Sunday, March 9. This match will be the third and final match of the club’s Asia Tour 2008.” Â
Glad this could be worked out in time. Read about the potential delay here.