WHO IS TAM KUNG?
MEET TAM KUNG
Thrower of peas, Maker of wind.
He could manipulate wind and rain by throwing cups of peas and water into the air. By the age of 12, was able to cure the sick. He appears eternally youthful, and spent much of his time wandering Nine Dragon Peak in Huizhou – with a tiger. Impressive stuff for a kid that never grew out of his UK size 4 Copa Mundials.
Adding to the intrigue, is the question of how the Huizhou boy wonder - born in the 'Yuan Dynasty' - would become a cherished figure of modern day Hong kong and Macau. While scholars differ in their interpretations, perhaps the most intriguing and controversial theory comes from the Scandinavian futbologist, Henrik Solskjaer.
"...it is entirely possible that he was actually the last emperor of the Song Dynasty. The name Tam Kung would have been an alias to avoid being discovered and killed by the Mongol rulers. Unfortunately, he was finally exposed through his youthful exuberance. Like founding father of the Song - Emperor Taizu - the Kung was a keen freestyle Cuju player. He was itching to test his skills in a competitive environment, and so tried out for a local club Xidi FC (西递.F.C.)."
"The Xidi FC selectors were of course unaware of his true identity, and sat him on the bench - making jokes about his height. The emperor sat raging on the bench, until they put him on with 10 minutes to go and he literally blew everyone away. His display of awesome power drew the attention of nearby Mongol guards, and he was forced to flee into the mountains."
However even the mountains could not protect him, and it is generally accepted that he continued to flee south until he found his way to modern day Kowloon, and then across to Hong Kong island. His spirit lives on there today, and there are whispers he has traded his tiger for a skateboard, as a more practical means of transportation around the city.
He has been most popular among fishermen because of his ability to control the weather, but there is some evidence that he has also been using his powers to create mischief in Hongkong Football as seen in this video. Perhaps he his is still smarting from his trial with Xidi FC, but it's definitely better to have him on your side - rather than against you. The next time you lace up your boots or go to watch your favourite team, it won't hurt to spare a quick prayer to the little guy - just in case!