Au Wai Lun

Au Wai Lun (Chinese: 歐偉倫; born 14 August 1971 in Hong Kong) is a former Hong Kong professional football player. He was considered to be one of the best strikers in Hong Kong.

Au Wai Lun
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Personal information
Full name Au Wai Lun
Date of birth (1971-08-14) 14 August 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth Hong Kong
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Tin Tin (0)
1989–1990 Eastern (3)
1990–1993 Ernest Borel (13)
1993–1999 South China (52)
1999 Rangers (HKG) 0 (0)
1999–2007 South China 114 (80)
2009–2013 Eastern 47 (26)
National team
1989–2005 Hong Kong 50 (26)
1992 Hong Kong (futsal) 3 (3)
Teams managed
2017–2019 Dreams (technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 January 2010
Au Wai Lun
Traditional Chinese歐偉倫

Playing careerEdit

Au made his debut in Hong Kong First Division League for Tin Tin on 20 December 1988, against Happy Valley. He was 17 years old at the time and the final result of the match 0–2.

Au was the leading goal scorer of the Hong Kong national football team, but retired from international football after an exhibition match with Manchester United on 23 July 2005.

On the pitch, Au was recognized easily by his hairstyle – he sports peroxide-blond streaks in his locks. He wore the number 7 jersey for South China and was the captain of the team.

He is also remembered by his famous "cross passing during 1-on-1" in the final of 2002 Carlsberg Cup against Honduras. In the match, he received a pass from his teammate, and got a goal opportunity. However, he passed the ball back and did not shoot. Further jokes on this were developed after this incident.

Being a veteran striker, Au is valued for his international experience and his strong aerial ability. The 6' tall striker remains one of the best headers in the League.

In the 2005–06 season, his good performance throughout the season could not prevent South China from finishing 7th in the league, with 2 points below the relegation line. He scored 8 league goals that season (4th among all players, 1st among Hong Kong players). Two years after retiring, he chose to return and play for Eastern, one of his former clubs.

RetirementEdit

In the summer of 2007, after being offered a new contract with a salary cut by South China, he decided to retire. He claimed that the entire squad received new contracts with increments, but he was the only one with a salary cut. He thought the club was being unfair to him, who contributed for many years, even when the team performed so poor for several seasons.

Personal lifeEdit

After his retirement announcement, he was approached by Star Publishing and with the help of a professional writer, published his biography titled, "Lun . Football Biography" (倫.球傳).

Career statisticsEdit

As of 19 May 2007

Club Season League Senior Shield League Cup FA Cup AFC Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South China 2005–06 14 (0) 8 1 (0) 0 3 (0) 0 1 (0) 2 NA NA 19 (0) 10
2006–07 4 (7) 2 1 (1) 1 1 (3) 0 0 (0) 0 NA NA 6 (11) 3
All ? (?) ? ? (?) ? ? (?) ? ? (?) ? NA NA ? (?) ?

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Eastern
Ernest Borel
South China

IndividualEdit

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