Hong Kong Premier League side Eastern sign Taiwan international Chen Hao-Wei

Chen Hao-Wei has signed for Hong Kong Premier League side Eastern. The player moves from Hang Yuen FC (Fujen University) who play in the Taiwanese Premier League. 

Back in professional football

Chen Hao-Wei has been out of professional football since he left Beijing Chinese League One side Beijing Enterprises who he made 100 appearances for scoring 12 goals. Since leaving them he seemed to find it a bit of a struggle getting a new club, and it was a surprise to see him back playing in the Taiwan Premier League.

Then nine matches later with four goals to his name, he has got himself a move to another professional league, with Eastern Long Lions of Hong Kong. Chen Hao-Wei recently put in a man of the match performance in Taiwan's 2-0 win over Hong Kong in their last friendly at Mong Kok stadium. This could have played a big part in the transfer.

A move to benefit Taiwan

This is not only a good move for Chen Hao-Wei, but it is also great for Taiwan, as it is vital they keep trying to help their key players find professional clubs to play for. Chen Hao-Wei follows in the footsteps of Wang Ruei and Chen Ting-Yang moving to Hong Kong, and also Chen Po-Liang before them.

As the Taiwan Premier League standard is very low but improving, it is imperative for players of the national side to play for professional clubs. Right now there are a handful of key players who are now playing at pro clubs abroad or have had experience of playing abroad.

Now that the CTFA is using these guys to better guide the youngsters coming through it is great that we are seeing more Taiwanese national team players get moves to pro leagues abroad.

As far as I can make it, this is a list of Taiwan's national team players abroad:

Chen Po-Liang - Zhejiang Greentown (China)
Yaki Yen - Qingdao Hanghai (China)
Wen Chi-Hao - Beijing Sports Uni (China)
Chen Hao-Wei - Eastern Long Lions (Hong Kong)
Wang Ruei - Yuen Long (Hong Kong)
Chen Ting-yang - Lee Man (Hong Kong)
Wang Chien-ming - Gwangju (South Korea)
Emilio Estevez - York9 (Canada)
Will Donkin - Free Agent (UK)
Miguel Sandberg - Djurgardens (Sweden)
Karl Hu Josefsson - Djurgardens (Sweden)

The list is currently a mix of key players for the national team securing moves abroad, and up-and-coming youngsters who are playing at pro clubs and come from the Taiwanese diaspora. If things keep trucking along like this the future could see Taiwan continue to improve, and maybe, just maybe one day there might be a pro league in Taiwan. 

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  2. What about Tim Chow who has been a regular starter at Henan Jianye? What’s the chance of him representing Taiwan again? What has been the issue?

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    1. At the moment he is not being considered for Taiwan so was not included. Listen to this, just after four minutes where we explain the Tim Chow issue. https://fromthetofubowl.podbean.com/e/podcast-number-5-the-small-nations-debate/

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