Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio was amazed by the response of Hong Kong fans to their arrival.
The Wearsidersâ€™ squad was greeted by the usual manic reactions Premier League footballers tend to attract by setting foot in the Far East.
Di Canio said: â€śIt is amazing. All round Asia they go mad for English football, so it is a good experience, also because in social life it is good to have a link to a faraway world, to get closer to the culture.
â€śFans will go to the stadium and see their heroes. The local people here watch a lot of Premier League football and the chance to watch their heroes live is a big opportunity.â€ť