Hong Kong national football team

The Hong Kong national football team (Chinese: 香港足球代表隊; pinyin: Xiānggǎng zúqiú dàibiǎo duì; Cantonese Yale: Hēunggóng jūkkàuh doihbíu deuih) represents Hong Kong in international football and is controlled by the Hong Kong Football Association, the governing body for football in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was the first in Asia to hold the AFC Asian Cup in 1956 and won third place, and was also semi-finalist in 1964. Hong Kong has not qualified for another AFC tournament since 1968. Hong Kong had never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and its biggest celebrated victory was the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) where Hong Kong produced a 2–1 upset win against China which resulted in Hong Kong qualifying for the second rounds of qualification. Hong Kong has qualified for the EAFF E-1 Football Championship five times in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2010 and 2019.

Hong Kong
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Strength (勁揪)
AssociationHong Kong Football Association (HKFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachMixu Paatelainen
CaptainHuang Yang
Most capsYapp Hung Fai (79)
Top scorerChan Siu Ki (40)
Home stadiumHong Kong Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 144 Steady (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest90 (February 1996)
Lowest172 (November 2012)
First international
 Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam 
(Mong Kok, Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)[2]
Biggest win
 Hong Kong 15–0 Guam 
(Taipei, Taiwan; 7 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 7–0 Hong Kong 
(Guangzhou, China; 17 November 2004)
 Hong Kong 0–7 Paraguay 
(So Kon Po, Hong Kong; 17 November 2010)
 Hong Kong 0–7 Argentina 
(So Kon Po, Hong Kong; 14 October 2014)
Asian Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1956)
Best resultThird place, 1956


Establishment and pre-WWII eraEdit

Before Hong Kong became a member of FIFA in 1954, Hong Kong began playing in the Hong Kong–Macau Interport tournament in 1937,[4] which was one of the oldest competitions co-held by Hong Kong as well as continuously played. There were other interport tournaments in the past, such as the Shanghai-Hong Kong Interport which was first held in 1908.[5] At that time the team was composed of ethnic Chinese as well as western expatriates, as in the 1935 and 1937 edition of Shanghai-Hong Kong Interport.[6][7] There was another Interport tournament against Saigon.[8] The aforementioned Macau, Shanghai and Saigon were not a member of FIFA nor a sovereign nation at that time, with Hong Kong and Macau only having joined FIFA in 1954 and 1978 respectively. The China national football team that participated in 1936 and 1948 Summer Olympics, were mainly composed of ethnic Chinese players from Hong Kong, most famously Lee Wai Tong.[9][10]

After WWII, a number of Shanghai-based players began representing Hong Kong, such as Chang King Hai and Hsu King Shing. Hong Kong played its first international match after World War II in 1949,[citation needed] against South Korea. Its first victory came in 1953, a 4–0 win against South Korea.[citation needed]

FIFA member (1954–present)Edit

Hong Kong FA became a member of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation since 1954. Since then Hong Kong played their first FIFA-recognized international match against other countries. HKFA also sent a scratch team for 1957 Merdeka Tournament, which was composed of players from Eastern due to their proximity, plus few players from other clubs. The club was having a pre-season tour in South Asia, thus the HKFA invited the club to represent Hong Kong. However, some of the players were in fact ineligible to play for Hong Kong, as they were ROC (Taiwan) international players.[11][12]

Hong Kong qualified for three of the first four editions of the Asian Cup, including a third-place finish in the 1956 edition as host. At that time, most Hong Kong players represented Republic of China (Taiwan); they finished third in the Asian Cup in the 1960 edition, leaving more inferior players to the proper Hong Kong team.[13]

Hong Kong has never qualified for the World Cup. However, its most celebrated victory happened during 1986 World Cup qualifying. On 19 May 1985, in Beijing, Hong Kong faced China in the final match of the first qualifying round, where Hong Kong needed a win to advance while China needed only a draw. Hong Kong, led by coach Kwok Ka Ming, produced a 2–1 upset win, with goals from Cheung Chi Tak and Ku Kam Fai, thereby winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage where it subsequently lost to Japan.

Success at the 2009 East Asia Games and beyondEdit

The year 2009 was a turning point in the diminishing football standards of Hong Kong. On 12 December, Hong Kong defeated Japan and took their first East Asian Games football gold medal, the first major competition Hong Kong have won. This result raised the belief that the Hong Kong football team could perform in major competition. The Hong Kong football team also won the 2010 Long Teng Cup and 2011 Long Teng Cup.

A short football fever appeared during 2018 World Cup qualifying in Hong Kong, as Hong Kong had drawn into the same group with their fierce rival, China. Due to the tensions built up from Hong Kong–Mainland China conflict, many local citizens became interested in this year's campaign; all four home matches were recorded as a sellout. Hong Kong ended the campaign with 4 victories against Bhutan and Maldives, 2 scoreless draws against China, and 2 losses against Qatar.


For some of the friendly matches and the minor qualification matches, the Hong Kong team plays most often at the Mong Kok Stadium in Kowloon, which was re-opened in 2011 after a renovation. Moreover, the 2018 edition of the Lunar New Year Cup was held in Mong Kok.[14] The cup was a local tradition to celebrate Chinese New Year, which was held in Government Stadium in the past.

The Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre is currently the main training ground for the Hong Kong national and youth teams.


Hong Kong maintains a specific rivalry with China. The rivalry began in 1978 and for the first decades before the return of Hong Kong to China, Hong Kong produced a shock 2–1 upset in Beijing, and this led to unrest by Chinese supporters.[15] Since then, China never lost to Hong Kong, and has achieved more successes, but the rivalry continues to have some influence on Hong Kong society.[16][17][18]

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose


3 June 2022 WCQ R2 Iran   3–1   Hong Kong Arad, Bahrain
17:30? UTC+3
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
11 June 2022 WCQ R2 Hong Kong   0–1   Iraq Arad, Bahrain
19:30 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
15 June 2022 WCQ R2 Bahrain   4–0   Hong Kong Riffa, Bahrain
19:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)
2 Sep International Friendly   Hong Kong v Mong Kok, Hong Kong
20:00 UTC+8 Stadium: Mong Kok Stadium
7 Sep International Friendly   Hong Kong v Mong Kok, Hong Kong
20:00 UTC+8 Stadium: Mong Kok Stadium
7 Oct International Friendly   Hong Kong v Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
20:00 UTC+8 Stadium: Hong Kong Stadium
12 Oct International Friendly   Hong Kong v Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
20:00 UTC+8 Stadium: Hong Kong Stadium


1 Feb 2022 ACQ R3 v   Hong Kong
29 Mar 2022 ACQ R3 v   Hong Kong
27 Sep 2022 ACQ R3 v   Hong Kong

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Mixu Paatelainen
Technical Director   Thorlakur Arnason
Executive Manager   Liu Chun Fai
Assistant Coach   Anílton da Conceição
Assistant Coach   Chu Chi Kwong
Goalkeeping Coach   Fan Chun Yip
Physical coach   Mathew Pears
Specialist Conditioning Coach   Stephen Lee
Academy Head Coach  
Physiotherapist   Lo Ho Cheong
Physiotherapist   Yau Kai Ching

Coaching historyEdit

Last updated: Hong Kong 0-4 Bahrain, 15 June 2021. Statistics include international "A" matches only.


Current squadEdit

The following 23 players have been selected for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers held in Bahrain from June 3rd to June 15th.

Caps and goals as of 15 June 2021, after the match against   Bahrain.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yapp Hung Fai (1990-03-21) 21 March 1990 (age 31) 79 0   Eastern
18 1GK Yuen Ho Chun (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Lee Man
19 1GK Leung Hing Kit (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 31) 1 0   Pegasus

2 2DF Tsui Wang Kit (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 24) 13 0   Lee Man
3 2DF Law Tsz Chun (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 24) 8 0   Kitchee
4 2DF Fung Hing Wa (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 28) 4 0   Eastern
5 2DF Hélio (1986-01-31) 31 January 1986 (age 35) 26 0   Kitchee
20 2DF Yu Wai Lim (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Lee Man
21 2DF Tong Kin Man (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 36) 11 0   Kitchee
22 2DF Tsang Kam To (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 32) 6 0   Lee Man
23 2DF Clayton (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 32) 1 0   Eastern

6 3MF Huang Yang (captain) (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 37) 60 1   Kitchee
8 3MF Ngan Lok Fung (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 28) 3 0   Lee Man
10 3MF Wong Wai (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 28) 28 1   Eastern
11 3MF Chung Wai Keung (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 25) 9 1   Eastern
12 3MF Diego Eli (1988-09-04) 4 September 1988 (age 32) 3 0   Lee Man
13 3MF Cheng Siu Kwan (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 23) 8 0   Lee Man
15 3MF Roberto (1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 (age 38) 24 1   Kitchee
16 3MF Leung Kwun Chung (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 29) 2 0   Eastern
17 3MF Shinichi Chan (2002-09-05) 5 September 2002 (age 18) 4 0   Kitchee

7 4FW Sun Ming Him (2000-06-19) 19 June 2000 (age 21) 6 0   Pegasus
9 4FW Matt Orr (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24) 3 1   Kitchee
14 4FW James Ha (1992-12-26) 26 December 1992 (age 28) 11 1   Southern

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team within the previous 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

FW Fernando (1986-11-14) 14 November 1986 (age 34) 0 0   Eastern v. May Training Camp, 25 May 2021 INJ
FW Sandro (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 34) 29 7 Free Agent v. May Training Camp, 25 May 2021 WD

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
PRE Preliminary squad
WD Player withdrawn from the squad.
RET Player retired from international football


As of 2 June 2021[22]
Players in bold are still active with Hong Kong.

Captains recordsEdit

Only record the players who were named as captains for the international official competitions.

Huang Yang is named as captain under the appointment of the new head coach Gary White.[23]
Year Tournament Captain(s)
1954 The 2nd Asian Games Ko Po Keung
1956 The 1st Asian Cup (Final) Ko Po Keung
1958 The 3rd Asian Games Ho Cheung Yau
1959 The 2nd Asian Cup (Qualifying) Ho Cheung Yau
1963 The 3rd Asian Cup (Qualifying) Ho Cheung Yau
1964 The 3rd Asian Cup (Final) Cheung Wing Ching
1967 The 4th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Kung Wah Kit
1968 The 4th Asian Cup (Final) Kung Wah Kit
1971 The 5th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Fok Pak Ling
1973 The 10th World Cup (Qualifying) Kwok Ka Ming
1975 The 6th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Cheng Yun Yue
1977 The 11th World Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung, Kwok Ka Ming
1979 The 7th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung
1980 The 12th World Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung
1984 The 8th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1985 The 13th World Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1987 The 24th Olympic Games (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1988 The 9th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1989 The 14th World Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1990 The 11th Asian Games Cheung Chi Tak
1992 The 10th Asian Cup Chan Ping On, Ku Kam Fai
1993 The 15th World Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
1994 The 12th Asian Games Lee Kin Wo
1996 The 11th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
1997 The 16th World Cup (Qualifying) Ku Kam Fai, Cheung Chi Tak
1998 The 13th Asian Games Cheung Sai Ho
1999 The 12th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
2001 The 17th World Cup (Qualifying) Cheung Sai Ho
2003 The 1st East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Yau Kin Wai
2003 The 1st East Asian Football Championship (Final) Lee Wai Man
2003 The 13th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yau Kin Wai, Cheung Sai Ho, Lee Wai Man
2004 The 18th World Cup (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho
2005 The 2nd East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho
2006 The 14th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho, Fan Chun Yip
2007 The 19th World Cup (Qualifying) Cheung Sai Ho, Fan Chun Yip
2007 The 3rd East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Cristiano Cordeiro
2009 The 4th East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Man Pei Tak,[24] Li Haiqiang[25][26]
2009–2010 The 15th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Cristiano Cordeiro, Poon Yiu Cheuk, Man Pei Tak, Chan Wai Ho
2010 The 4th East Asian Football Championship (Final) Poon Yiu Cheuk, Chan Wai Ho, Au Yeung Yiu Chung
2011 The 20th World Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho
2012 The 5th EAFF East Asian Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho
2013–2014 The 16th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho, Chan Siu Ki, Yapp Hung Fai
2014 The 6th EAFF East Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2015–2016 The 21st World Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho, Yapp Hung Fai
2016 The 7th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2017–2018 The 17th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2018 The 8th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Qualifying) Huang Yang[23]
2019 The 8th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Final) Huang Yang
2019–2021 The 22nd World Cup (Qualifying) Huang Yang

Competition historyEdit

See comprehensive article: Hong Kong national football team – record in qualifying and major tournaments
Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

All time resultsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup finals FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 4 3
  1978 13 3 2 8 15 31
  1982 4 0 3 1 3 4
  1986 8 5 1 2 20 7
  1990 6 0 3 3 5 10
  1994 8 2 1 5 9 19
  1998 4 1 0 3 3 10
    2002 6 1 1 4 3 10
  2006 6 2 0 4 5 15
  2010 4 2 1 1 11 6
  2014 2 0 0 2 0 8
  2018 8 4 2 2 13 5
  2022 8 1 2 5 4 13
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 81 24 16 41 95 141

AFC Asian CupEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Dynasty Cup and East Asian Football ChampionshipEdit

Minor tournamentsEdit