Soccer team left in limbo after relegation

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 06, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Fresh winds of change and promises of reform are sweeping through the nation’s soccer

Royal Blues Taipei line up ahead of a match in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of Royal Blues Taipei

community with a new regime taking over at governing body the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) last year, but the result of this season’s Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) relegation battle has left a team in limbo with no league to play in and has also exposed other problems that urgently need fixing in the coming months.

As usual, this season was a two-horse race for the title in the TFPL between Taipei Tatung and Kaohsiung Taipower, the two teams with the strongest corporate backing and financial clout.

The former were crowned champions with 54 points, while the latter were runners-up with 44 points.

Finishing bottom of the table were National Sports Training Center (NSTC), the army-affiliated team composed of young trainees playing in lieu of doing their compulsory military service, and expat side Royal Blues Taipei, headed up by Polish general manager Robert Iwanicki.    [FULL  STORY]

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