Hong Kong FC (football)

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The Soccer Section of Hong Kong Football Club (Abbreviation: HKFC; Chinese: 香港足球會) fields a range of teams at various age divisions in the Hong Kong leagues. The First Team currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League.[1]

HKFC
香港足球會
The Logo of HKFC
Full nameHong Kong Football Club
Nickname(s)Chinese: 港會
Short nameHKFC
Founded12 February 1886; 135 years ago (1886-02-12)
GroundHong Kong Football Club Stadium
Capacity2,750
ChairmanTony Sealy
ManagerTony Hamilton-Bram
LeagueHong Kong Premier League
2020–21Hong Kong First Division, 1st (promoted)

HistoryEdit

While the soccer team has won many titles in the second-tier competition in recent years, they have rarely enjoyed success when playing against the professional sides in the First Division. In 1980 however, "CLUB" as they were commonly known, did manage to avoid relegation from the Professional First Division for the first time in their history. One of the highlights of the season was a 1–1 draw with eventual Champions Seiko SA. On 10 May 1980 at the HK Government Stadium CLUB defeated Kui Tan 1–0 with an 87th-minute penalty scored by John McGunnigle, meaning Kui Tan joined Urban Services in the drop that year.

In the past few years, HKFC opted not to take promotion to the First Division. In 2006, finally, the club accepted the promotion after winning the Second Division. After showing initial promise, they lost 4 league matches in a row between March and April 2007 and were relegated to the Second Division. They did however become Champions of the Second Division again in April 2010 and returned to the First Division. Therefore, HKFC is known as the Yo-yo club in Hong Kong soccer sector.

In 2016, two years after the establishment of the fully professional Hong Kong Premier League, HKFC finally decided to seek promotion to the top flight after finishing as runners-up behind Tai Po in the 2015–16 season. Their stay in the top flight only lasted a single season, however, as the club finished bottom in 2016–17 season and dropped back down to the First Division.

HKFC won the First Division for the first time in a century during the 2017–18 season, going unbeaten throughout the entire league campaign. The club declined promotion as they did not want to field a professional side.[2]

After being crowned champions of the 2020–21 Hong Kong First Division League, on 19 August 2021, HKFC accepted the HKFA's invitation to be promoted to the 2021–22 Hong Kong Premier League after the withdrawals of Happy Valley and Pegasus, having last appeared five years ago in the 2016–17 season.[3]

International Soccer SevensEdit

The team is known outside Hong Kong for being the host of the annual HKFC International Soccer Sevens youth-team seven-a-side tournament which attracts high-profile teams such as Manchester United, Aston Villa and Celtic.

Team staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Tony Hamilton-Bram
Assistant coach   Shane Jeffery

Source:[citation needed]

Current squadEdit

First teamEdit

As of 9 October 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ENG Frederick Toomer
2 DF   HKG Poon Ka Ming
3 DF   ENG Thomas Harrington
4 DF   ENG Oliver Rossiter
5 DF   HKG Ghislain Bell Bell
6 MF   ENG Adam Bailey
7 FW   SCO Robert Scott LP
8 MF   NED Freek Schipper (captain) LP
9 FW   ENG Robert Bacon LP
10 MF   FRA Antoine Sahaghian
11 FW   JPN Shunsuke Nakamura
12 MF   ENG Kieran Robinson
13 DF   HKG Chan Wai Hin
14 DF   HKG Christopher Chung
15 MF   SCO Marcus McMillan
16 MF   ENG Matthew Hoare LP
17 GK   HKG To Chun Kiu
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   AUS Stephen Liu LP
19 MF   HKG Noa Fjelddahl
20 DF   HKG Liu Sui Man
21 GK   ENG Peter Smith
22 DF   ENG Rory Lonergan
23 FW   HKG Lucas Yan
25 MF   HKG Morgan Powell
26 FW   BRA Léo
28 FW   BRA Jean Maciel
29 MF   HKG Oliver Laxton
30 FW   HKG Tristan Cheung
31 MF   HKG Yue Yixing
32 MF   IND Hardikpreet Singh
38 DF   HKG Brian Fok
88 DF   ENG Martin Fray
MF   ENG Laurence Reynolds

Remarks:
LP These players are considered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.

Notable playersEdit

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Cup CompetitionsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team info: Hong Kong Football Club". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  2. ^ "梁孔德稱流浪無申請留級 元朗前途未決". Apple Daily. Retrieved 8 May 2018. (in Chinese)
  3. ^ "HKFC to professionalize, rejoin top flight". 20 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Yochanan Vollach - Maccabi Haïfa - Stats - titles won". www.footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 8 October 2021.

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