- For some, the dream of playing professional soccer takes them to obscure leagues -- and even more obscure teams
- Adapting can be difficult, especially as expectations can be high for foreign imports
- For many "journeymen" the rewards of playing in football's outposts outweigh the negatives
Hong Kong (CNN)It's a gray, cold day on Hong Kong's harbor front and the smoggy haze suggests that the weather -- and the pollution -- is getting worse.
The modest artificial football pitch looking out over the murky water is a far cry from the sporting amphitheater in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo that Jorge Rodrigues once graced -- as a teenage prospect with the great Corinthians club, or from the Brazilian under-17's national team, where he played with Ronaldo, arguably one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game.