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Coordinates: 22°16′32″N 114°11′15″E / 22.275644°N 114.187539°E / 22.275644; 114.187539

South China
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Full name 南華體育會
South China Athletic Association
Nickname(s) 少林寺 (Shaolin Temple)
The Caroliners
Founded 1904; 114 years ago (1904), as Chinese Football Team
1908; 110 years ago (1908), as South China Football Team
President Albert Hung (洪祖杭)
League Hong Kong First Division
2017–18 11th

South China Athletic Association (also known as South China, SCAA, Chinese: 南華體育會) is a football club which currently competes in the Hong Kong First Division, the second-level league in Hong Kong football league system. It is the football club with most honours in Hong Kong having won a record 41First Division titles. They have also won a record 31 Senior Shields, a record 10 FA Cups and 3 League Cups.

Nicknamed "Shaolin Temple" and "Caroliners", South China has produced many great Hong Kong footballers over the years. In November 2007, the club entered into a charity partnership with Hong Kong Red Cross. The partnership is a pioneer between a sports association and a humanitarian organisation in Hong Kong.

History

Early history

The club house building on Caroline Hill.
The club's entrance on Caroline Hill.

The Chinese Football Team was founded in 1904 by a group of Chinese students in Hong Kong,[1][2] including Mok Hing (Chinese: 莫慶)[3] and Tong Fuk Cheung (Chinese: 唐福祥, the captain of China national football team in the 1910s).[4] In 1910, the team was renamed as South China Football Club.[1][2][3]

In the 1917 Far Eastern Games and 1919 Far Eastern Games (also known as the Far East Olympics Tournament), the club represented the Republic of China and won the football championship.[5] It is the only team in Hong Kong sports history to have accomplished this feat.[5] China lost in the final to the Philippines in the first to be held, in 1913,[6] but in the next nine it won every time, right through until the last FECG to be held in 1934. On that occasion China was a joint winner with Japan. Throughout these tournaments, the majority of the China team was composed of SCAA players.

In 1920, South China which began as a club called the South China Athletic Association founded by Mok Hing.[5]

Around 1920–1922, the club formally adopted the present name of South China Athletic Association and diversified into other sports such as basketball.[5][7]

1980s

Since its foundation, South China had an all-Chinese Policy that only fielded Chinese players. Even their foreign players were overseas Chinese players such as Edmund Wee, Chow Chee Keong and Chan Kwok Leung. Up until the 1980s, the policy was very successful. However, when professional football took off in Hong Kong, the club could not cope with the influx of foreign players and performed poorly at the beginning of the 1981–1982 season. On 2 November 1981, the club voted to end its over 60-year old All-Chinese policy.

Although the club was able to avoid relegation that season, it was not incident-free. On 6 June 1982, after the club drew an all-important match with Caroline Hill, the fans rioted outside the stadium that spread onto Causeway Bay. The riot was the largest civil disorder in Hong Kong since the leftist riot in 1967.

2000s

As they failed to beat Citizen in the last game of the 2005–06 season, South China was to be relegated for the first time since 1983.[8] However, on 14 June 2006, the Hong Kong Football Association approved a request from South China to remain in the Hong Kong First Division with the promise of strengthening their squad. Staying true to their word, South China heavily strengthened their squad and coaching staff. As a result, South China successfully regained the First Division League title in the 2006–07 season, and also winning the Hong Kong FA Cup and the Hong Kong Senior Shield, achieving the famous treble.

The team has gone from strength to strength, while the team has had continued success on the domestic front, winning three consecutive league titles in the process, it has also had success in other international club competitions. The team has reached the semi-finals of the 2009–10 AFC Cup. South China's success has seen the team climb in world club rankings to their new high of 145th, even surpassing other Mainland Chinese clubs which are widely considered to be of a better standard than clubs in Hong Kong. In recent years the South China has taken part in several pre-season exhibition matches with European clubs, with the most notable being a 2–0 win against the English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Much of the recent success has been attributed to the former chairman, Steven Lo, and with his shrewd business sense he rebuilt the team as a brand, and played a major role in reigniting interest in the Hong Kong Football League. South China has reinvented their image and have partnered with several organisations and brands. In 2007, South China has enter into a partnership with Hong Kong Red Cross. The partnership is a pioneer between a sports association and a humanitarian organisation in Hong Kong, and South China is the first football team to ever bear the Red Cross emblem on the official kit. The appointment of the fashion brand Giorgio Armani as the official tailor, has allowed South China to join some of the world's elite, with the brand being associated with Chelsea Football Club and the English national team. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of South China Football Team, world-renowned designer Philippe Starck produced a special edition of the "Peninsula Chair", with the faces of the team and the chairman printed on.

Nicky Butt and Mateja Kežman played for South China during the 2010-11 season.

2010s

Ahead of the 2014-15 season, AET chairman Wallace Cheung became the conveynor of the club, promising to spend $18–20 million per season.[9] The domestic season was not initially a successful one as the club finished fourth in the league and did not win any silverware. The saving grace was a Season Playoff victory which allowed the club to directly qualify for the 2016 AFC Cup group stage.

In 2016-17 South China reached their first cup final in six years, facing Kitchee in the 2016–17 Hong Kong FA Cup Final. However, they were defeated 2-1 and were unable to capture the trophy.

On 5 June 2017, South China shocked Hong Kong by announcing that they would voluntarily self-relegate into the First Division.[10] The club and Cheung had recently parted ways, leaving the club with no financial benefactor to support their large salary budget.

Honours

Traditionally the most popular club in the city, SCAA is also the most successful football club in Hong Kong, winning the Hong Kong League 41 times (all-time ranking 1st), the Senior Shield 31 times (all-time ranking 1st), the now-defunct Viceroy Cup 8 times, the FA Cup 10 times (all-time ranking 1st) and the League Cup three times. The team had captured all the 4 main trophies in seasons 1987–88 and 1990–91. In November 2001, the team was awarded the AFC Team of the Month by the Asian Football Confederation.

Domestic

League

Champions (41): 1923–24, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13
Runners-up (16): 1928–29, 1946–47, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1972–73, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2010–11
Champions (5): 1917–18, 1925–26, 1933–34, 1951–52, 1952–53

Cup Competitions

Champions (31): 1928–29, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1940–41, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1971–72, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2013–14
Champions (10): 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2010–11
Runners-up (5): 1975–76, 1985–86, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2016–17
Champions (3): 2001–02, 2007–08, 2010–11
Winners (8): 1971–72, 1979–80, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98
Runners-up (7): 1973–74, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96
Champions (9): 1947–48, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1966–67
Runners-up (1): 2009
Runners-up (1): 2015-16

Continental record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1986 Asian Club Championship Group C China Liaoning FC 0–1 3rd
Indonesia Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian 1–1
1987 Asian Club Championship Group 6 Japan Yomiuri FC 0-1 2-0 2nd
1988/89 Asian Club Championship Group 6 North Korea April 25 3-0 4th
China Guangdong Wanbao 1–0
Japan Yamaha Motors 1–1
Macau Wa Seng 3–0
1991 Asian Club Championship First round Macau Sporting de Macau 9–1 0–5 14–1
Second round Japan Yomiuri FC 1–0 3–1 2–4
1993/94 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round China Dalian Haichang 2–0 1–0 2–1
Second round India East Bengal 0–1 4–1 5–1
Quarter final bye
Semi final Japan Nissan (w/o)
Final Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiya 2-4 2-0 2-6
1997/98 Asian Club Championship First round Malaysia Selangor FA 0–0 2–0 2–0
Second round China Dalian Wanda 0–4 2–1 2–5
2000/01 Asian Club Championship Second round Japan Júbilo Iwata 1–3 3–1 2–6
2002/03 2002–03 AFC Champions League
Qualification Round 1
Second Round Singapore Home United 2–1 1–1 3–1
Third Round Japan Shimizu S-Pulse 0–5 3–1 2–5
2008 AFC Cup Group D Singapore Home United 2–3 4–1 3rd
Maldives Victory SC 3–0 0–0
Malaysia Kedah FA 1–3 3–0
2009 AFC Cup Group F Indonesia PSMS Medan 3–0 2–2 1st
Maldives VB 2–1 1–2
Malaysia Johor FC 2–0 1–4
Round of 16 Singapore Home United 4–0
Quarter final Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 1–0 5–4 5–5 (a)
Semi final Kuwait Al-Kuwait 0–1 2–1 1–3
2010 AFC Cup Group G Thailand Muangthong United 0–0 0–1 1st
Maldives VB 3–1 1–0
Indonesia Persiwa Wamena 6–3 0–2
Round of 16 Bahrain Al-Riffa 1–3
2011 AFC Cup Group H Thailand Muangthong United 1–1 4–2 3rd
Thailand Chonburi FC 0–3 3–0
India Kingfisher East Bengal 1–0 3–3
2014 AFC Cup Group G Vietnam Vissai Ninh Bình 1–3 1–1 3rd
Malaysia Kelantan FA 4–0 2–0
Myanmar Yangon United 5–3 2–0
2015 AFC Cup Group G Philippines Global FC 3–0 1–6 1st
Malaysia Pahang FA 3–1 0–1
Myanmar Yadanarbon 3–1 0–3
Round of 16 India Bengaluru FC 2–0
Quarter final Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–1 3–1 2–4
2016 AFC Cup Group G Myanmar Yangon United 2–1 2–1 2nd
India Mohun Bagan 0–4 0–3
Maldives Maziya 2–0 2–1
Round of 16 Philippines Ceres 0–1(aet)
Quarter final Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–1 2–1 2–3

AFC clubs ranking

As of 02 JULY 2017.[11]
Current Rank Country Team
55 Vietnam Hanoi FC
56 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
57 Hong Kong South China
58 Thailand Muangthong United
59 Qatar Al-Rayyan

Recent seasons

Hong Kong First Division League Hong Kong First Division League World War II
Hong Kong First Division League
Hong Kong First Division League
Hong Kong First Division League Hong Kong Premier League Hong Kong First Division League

Players

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Hong Kong GK Lit Hoi Yat
2 Hong Kong DF Law Man Chung
3 Hong Kong DF Leung Yau Wai
4 Hong Kong MF Siu Pak Lam
5 Hong Kong DF Ng Cheuk Hin
6 Hong Kong DF Law Wing Lun
7 Hong Kong FW Ha Chun Ming Rex
8 Hong Kong FW Ko Chun
9 England FW James Stroud
10 Hong Kong MF Lui Wai Chiu
11 Hong Kong FW Yau Ping Kai
12 Hong Kong MF Yung Cheuk Leung
No. Position Player
13 Hong Kong MF Siu Pui lam
14 Hong Kong DF Fok Yik Sing
15 Hong Kong DF Yim Kai Wa
16 Hong Kong MF Mak Yin Kan Leo
17 Hong Kong DF Ma Kin Chung
18 Hong Kong DF Wong Ho Chun
19 Hong Kong MF Wong Ka Kin
21 Hong Kong GK Man Wai Sum
22 Hong Kong DF Law Ka Long
23 Hong Kong DF Lee Chun Lok
24 Hong Kong DF Choi Chung Yin (Captain)
25 Hong Kong FW Kwok Yue Hung


Notable players

Current football management staff

  • Updated 14 May 2015.
Position Name
English Trad. Chinese
Chairman / Team Manager
Technical
Head Coach
Technical – Youth
Head Coach – Youth Leslie Santos 山度士
U18 Coach Poon Yiu Cheuk 潘耀焯
U16 Coach Shum Kwok Pui 岑國培
U15 Coach Leung Shing Kit 梁承傑
U14 Coach Luk Koon Pong 陸冠邦
U13 Coach Poon Man Tik 潘文廸
Management
Deputy General Manager Annabella Lam 林婉芬
Deputy Team Manager Chan Ping On 陳炳安
Administrative Assistant Yip Chi Shun 葉志舜
Development & Marketing
Promotion & Development Manager Goldbert Chi Chiu 高志超
Marketing Executive Frank Chiu 趙嘉俊

Coaches

As of 30 May 2014. Only competitive matches are counted. Wins, losses and draws are results at the final whistle; the results of penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

Name Nat From To Record Honours
English Chinese P W D L F A %W
Chu Kwok Lun 朱國倫 1954 1970 ?
Kwok Shek 郭石 1970 1977 ?
Ng Wai Man 吳偉文 1977 1981 ?
Halla 漢拿 1981 1982 ?
Kwok Kam Hung 郭錦洪 1982 1982 ?
Peter Wong 黃興桂 1982 1983 ?
Alex Miller 米勒 1983 1983 ?
Ng Wai Man 吳偉文 1983 1984 ?
Casemiro Mior 米路 1998 2002 ?
Wong Man Wai 黃文偉 2002 2006 ?
Chan Kwok Hung 陳國雄
Ku Kam Fai 顧錦輝
Jorge Amaral 阿曼龍 2006 24 Nov 2006 10 6 2 2 20 13 60
Ku Kam Fai* & Chan Kwok Hung* 顧錦輝 & 陳國雄 25 Nov 2006 27 Nov 2006 1 1 0 0 5 2 100
Casemiro Mior 米路 28 Nov 2006 2007 20 15 3 2 49 15 75 1 First Division title, 1 Senior Shield, 1 FA Cup title
José Luís 路爾斯 2007 2008 34 19 4 11 79 41 55.9 1 First Division title, 1 League Cup title
Tsang Wai Chung 曾偉忠 1 July 2008 Sept 17, 2008 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Liu Chun Fai* 廖俊輝 Sept 17, 2008 7 Dec 2008 11 9 1 1 30 7 81.8
Kim Pan-Gon 金判坤 8 Dec 2008 11 Dec 2010 27 19 4 4 72 16 70.4 2 First Division titles, 1 Senior Shield title
Chan Ho Yin* 陳浩然 11 Dec 2010 28 June 2011 28 17 3 8 59 34 60.7 1 League Cup title, 1 FA Cup title
Ján Kocian 高世安 28 June 2011 9 July 2012 26 13 9 4 61 30 50.0
Liu Chun Fai 廖俊輝 9 July 2012 30 June 2013 28 16 6 6 63 28 57.1 1 First Division title
Cheung Po Chun 張寶春 1 July 2013 17 February 2014 1 Senior Shield title
Yeung Ching Kwong 楊正光 17 February 2014 15 December 2014 1 Community Cup title
Mario Gómez 馬里奧 15 December 2014 30 April 2015 18 10 4 4 33 18 55.6
Ricardo Rambo* 列卡度 1 May 2015 14 May 2015 3 2 0 1 6 1 66.7
Casemiro Mior 米路 14 May 2015 3 2 1 0 5 1 66.7
Key
* Served as caretaker coach.

Partnerships

On 3 November 2009, South China and Tottenham Hotspur jointly announced a club partnership in Hong Kong. South China became the first club partner of Spurs in Asia. The partnership is for 2 years with an option to extend further. Besides planning in sharing of best practice in any areas of the technical and business sides of football, Tottenham Hotspur has the first option on South China players at all age levels. Tottenham Hotspur will support South China's coaching development through the exchange of scientific data, coaching materials and visits of coaching staffs to and from both teams. The two clubs will explore the possibility of a joint youth Academy and training centre in Hong Kong or in mainland China.[12]

Songs

  • 1) 南華歌

A new official cheering song for SCAA. It was introduced in the first home match in the 2006–07 season against HKFC. The demo version of the song can be accessed on www.bma.com.hk.

  • 2) 擁南躉之歌[13]

This is not the official song of South China, and neither was the original official fans' song. It was sung by Albert Cheung 張武孝(also known as: 大Al/Big Al), and became very well known after being released in 1977, especially during late 1970s and the 1980s; during that period South China was a perennial challenger for the top spots in the league, and the song describes how strong and famous the team was.

References

  1. ^ a b 原名為華人足球隊 (GIF). 南華八十年回憶錄 (in Chinese). Retrieved 12 April 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b 第一個華人足球會和「足球王國」 (in Chinese). Wenweipao. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  3. ^ a b 莫家後人「點將錄」 (in Chinese). Sina. 26 January 2008. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  4. ^ 1919中国足球队 (in Chinese). China Archives Information. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lam, S. F. Chang W, Julian (2006). The Quest for Gold: Fifty Years of Amateur Sports in Hong Kong, 1947–1997. Hong Kong University Publishing. ISBN 962-209-766-9. 
  6. ^ Bojan, Jovanovic (15 October 1999). "First Far Eastern Games 1913 (Manila)". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "History of the sport club". South China Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. 
  8. ^ 傳媒報導 – 1 August 2006 羅傑承主政班費千萬增兵 南華搵摩連奴師兄執教 Archived 17 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine., SCAA Fans Club official site, Accessed on 20 October 2007.
  9. ^ "張廣勇出任新足主 南華換血南美化". on.cc. Retrieved 2 June 2014.  (in traditional Chinese (HK))
  10. ^ "Darkest day for Hong Kong football as 'Shaolin Temple' South China withdraw from Premier League". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2nd July 2017 )". globalfootballranks.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Club Partnership – Tottenham Hotspur & South China Archived 23 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ 南 華 會 會 歌 – Song of South China

External links

  • Official Website
  • South China at HKFA
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