At present, many teams in Hong Kong will start training players as early as possible, starting from U8 or even U6, allowing potential players to receive training. These young players have gradually established their ambitions to become professional football players in the youth army era. Lee Man young player Law Cheuk Hei is one of them.
The 19-year-old boy has been playing for Lee Man and its predecessor Lee Man Rangers since primary school. He got a lot of playing opportunities in the Elite Cup last season. Law Cheuk Hei was also on the bench in the first round of the just-completed AFC Champions League qualifiers. Stand by, and will fly to Japan with the winning Lee Man to fight the last AFC Champions League champion Urawa Red Diamonds. Regardless of the team’s final results, it must be a valuable experience for all the players.
Law Cheuk Hei’s father is Leo Law, a famous football coach. When he was a child, he often led the team to play with his father. Since then, he has become interested in football. Opening the photo album on the mobile phone, the clip of studying law at Arsenal Football School is at the front of the album. Law Cheuk Hei, who was only 6 years old when he received formal training for the first time, already knew how to arrange flowers, but he did not think that he Has football talent.
“Everything makes perfect with practice and practice. When I was in primary school, I already wanted to be a professional footballer, and my family was very supportive. I remember that when I was in primary four, I was still in the LM Rangers youth training team. I felt that I still had a lot of room for improvement. Dad took me to a small indoor court in an industrial building, where I practiced shooting and returning skills every day after school, and he was with me every day. That was when I made the fastest progress.”
The position has changed, each has teammates, and it is not uncommon for the stadium to merge and merge. Law and his good friend Chan Yiu Jo met when they were in Weibo, and both were born in Lee & Man Wandering Youth Training. Later, Lee Man and Rangers separated again, and the two parted ways. Chen Yaozu joined BC Rangers, and Law joined Lee Man. After putting on the yellow and black jersey, Law met a group of teammates who are like brothers: “I have always admired Tsui Wang Kit, Cheng Siu Kwan and other seniors. Tsui Wang Kit is a very competent gatekeeper. I have regarded him as a learning object since I was a child. At first I didn’t think about it. It’s fantastic to be teammates with them. Now we are familiar, and every time we meet, we will smile and say “Morning, brother!”. Coach Tsang Chiu Tat is quite familiar with us. Although his training methods are relatively free, But it does not mean that we will relax. As professional professional football players, we will practice self-discipline, and we will practice more when necessary.”
In 2020, for the first time, he served as the main contender for Hong Kong Pegasus in the Spaling Cup event held by the FTC. At the age of 15 years and 3 months, he broke the record for the youngest professional player in Hong Kong: “During the epidemic, primary and secondary schools were closed. In order to maintain my fitness, I I started to play with the first team. It happened that too many teammates were injured at the time, and the number of injuries may not be enough to play. Coach Chan Hiu Ming saw that I had a follow-up and asked me to get ready. After receiving the news, I was very happy and immediately with my family Share the good news with my friends. I was a little nervous after the official departure, but fortunately, I was able to kick out of the state after I left the field. I played until 88 minutes before retreating from the line of fire. That experience made me clearly understand my own shortcomings, and I worked hard to improve after the game. “
Law, who is only 18 years old, is already a rookie in the first team, and he doesn’t feel much about the honor of “the youngest player in the former Hong Kong Premier League”. This normalcy in facing public opinion may stem from his family background: his father, Leo Law, was once the youth coach of Rangers and the youth training director of Lee Man. He now runs his own football school. As the son of a famous coach, Law has been playing football since he was a child. High expectations from the outside world: “I have heard various comments since I was a child. When I was a child, I felt pressured. When I grew up, I felt that being myself was the most important thing. I used my strength to prove that I relied on myself and stepped up step by step. Rather than talking about my father Teaching me how to kick waves is more about teaching me how to be a good person, such as staying humble and not obsessing over comparisons. Mentality is the most important thing in doing anything.”
All football players want to adjust every detail and strive for as many playing opportunities as possible, and Law is no exception: “When I was young, my father wanted me to play left wing, but we later saw that there is no shortage of foreign players on the left wing, and the competition is high. Instead, there may be opportunities to fight for the gate position. If there are more chances, I decided to play the last frame.” However, Lee Man’s bench depth is sufficient, and the gate position has experienced Ryoya Tachibana and Yu Pui Hong as the main force: “I am considered young in the team, so I have to prepare myself , When the opportunity comes, we must take it seriously. In the coming season, I want to fight for the chance to play in the Super League.”
Self-examination makes progress. As a left-hander, Law believes that the role of football defenders has changed. In the past, the main players were responsible for wrapping up the defensive line. Now they are required to cover a sideline. I will ask myself to strengthen my defensive skills and strengthen my antagonism.”
In Law’s eyes, Lee Man’s bonding is very strong, and the whole team strives for the second championship in team history. Among the most classic games in his career, Law believes that the game against Kitchee on May 7 this year, the last week of the league, must be the one: “Although I didn’t end up playing in that game, the contrast in the final stage of the game was too great, and it was a hell of a back and forth. Returning to the world again, I believe everyone present will feel very deeply.”
“Every time we play against the strong team Kitchee, we are very excited and want to win. That match was a draw, and based on the points, we only finished second in the Hong Kong Super League. After the game, the whole team was silent. The pressure in the locker room was very low. People were crying, and everyone went home to digest at night.” After two or three days, the players regained their mood, gathered to discuss and reflect on their shortcomings, and unyieldingly vowed again to win the league championship in the new season.
Not long after starting his career, Law has a lot of expectations for the future: “When I was a kid, my family would often travel to Thailand to watch the Thai Super League, and the Japanese J League is the highest level league in Asia, so playing in the Thai Super League and J League is a dream I want to pursue. But before that, of course, we must perform well locally. Currently, we hope to strive for more opportunities to play in the Super League and be selected for the U22 representative team to compete in Uzbekistan.”
|姓名||羅焯熙 Law Cheuk Hei|
|Pro Team||Lee Man（2020-）|