2012–13 Hong Kong First Division League

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Red MR First Division League
Season 2012–13
Champions South China
Relegated Wofoo Tai Po
AFC Cup South China
Kitchee (via play-off)
Matches played 90
Goals scored 321 (3.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Jaimes McKee
(16 goals)
Biggest home win Citizen 7–3 Wofoo Tai Po
Biggest away win Biu Chun Rangers 2–8 Sun Pegasus
Highest scoring Citizen 7–3 Wofoo Tai Po
Biu Chun Rangers 2–8 Sun Pegasus
Longest winning run 5 games
South China
Longest unbeaten run 13 games
South China
Longest winless run 10 games
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei
Longest losing run 4 games
Citizen
Wofoo Tai Po
Highest attendance 4,249[1]
South China 1–0 Kitchee
Hong Kong Stadium
(Week 4)
Lowest attendance 227[2]
Yokohama FC HK 1–1 Citizen
Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground
(Week 17)
Total attendance 89,927
Average attendance 999

The 2012–13 Hong Kong First Division League, also known as 2012–13 Red MR Hong Kong First Division League for sponsorship reasons,[3] was the 101st season of the First Division League since its establishment.

Kitchee were the defending champions, won their 5th Hong Kong title in the previous season. The season featured 8 teams from the 2011–12 Hong Kong First Division League and two new teams promoted from 2011–12 Hong Kong Second Division League: Kam Fung, which then renamed as Biu Chun Rangers, and Southern District who replace relegated Sham Shui Po and Hong Kong Sapling.

Teams[edit]

A total of 10 teams contested the league, including eight sides from the 2011–12 season and two promoted from the 2011–12 Hong Kong Second Division League.

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Locations of the Hong Kong First Division League 2012–13 teams

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.

Team Stadium Location Capacity
Biu Chun Rangers1 Sham Shui Po Sports Ground Sham Shui Po 2,194
Citizen Mong Kok Stadium Mong Kok 6,680
Kitchee Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground Tseung Kwan O 3,5002
South China Hong Kong Stadium So Kon Po 40,000
Southern Aberdeen Sports Ground3 Aberdeen 4,0004
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Mong Kok Stadium Mong Kok 6,680
Sun Pegasus5 Yuen Long Stadium Yuen Long 4,932
Tuen Mun Tuen Mun Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground Tuen Mun 2,200
Wofoo Tai Po Tai Po Sports Ground Tai Po 3,000
Yokohama FC Hong Kong6 Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground Siu Sai Wan 12,000

1 Renamed Biu Chun Rangers, previously known as Kam Fung.
2 The capacity of Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground can be increased to 5,000 if the temporary stand is opened.
3 After successfully gaining the right to play in the 2012–13 Hong Kong First Division League on 8 April 2012, Southern plan to continue using Aberdeen Sports Ground as their home ground in the First Division League.[4]
4 The capacity of Aberdeen Sports Ground is originally 9,000, but only the 4,000-seated main stand is opened for football match.
5 Renamed as Sun Pegasus, previously known as TSW Pegasus.
6 Renamed as Yokohama FC Hong Kong, previously known as Biu Chun Rangers.

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Biu Chun Rangers Hong Kong Mok Yiu Keung Hong Kong Chan Hung Ping Hong Kong Wong Chin Hung Xtep odm
Citizen Hong Kong Pui Kwan Kay Hong Kong Chu Kwok Kuen Nigeria Festus Baise Jako Rasonic
Kitchee Hong Kong Ken Ng Spain Josep Gombau Hong Kong Chu Siu Kei Nike Canon
South China Macau Steven Lo Hong Kong Liu Chun Fai Hong Kong Lee Chi Ho Adidas Panasonic Corporation
Southern Hong Kong Wong Ling Sun Hong Kong Fung Hoi Man Ghana Wisdom Fofo Agbo Nike Motion Media
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Hong Kong Chow Man Leung Hong Kong Chan Fat Chi Brazil Roberto Orlando Adidas Sunray Cave
Sun Pegasus Hong Kong Cheng Ting Kong Hong Kong Chan Chi Hong Hong Kong Jaimes McKee Adidas PlayStation
Tuen Mun Hong Kong Lau Wong Fat Hong Kong Yan Lik Kin Hong Kong Li Haiqiang Adidas Hong Kong Motor Inspection
Wofoo Tai Po Hong Kong Cheung Hok Ming Hong Kong Cheung Po Chun Hong Kong Chan Yuk Chi Adidas Lee & Man Paper
Yokohama FC Hong Kong Japan Hiroshi Onodera Hong Kong Lee Chi Kin Japan Tsuyoshi Yoshitake Nike LEOC

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
South China Slovakia Ján Kocian Sacked 19 May 2012[5][6] Pre-season Hong Kong Liu Chun Fai 9 July 2012[7]
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Brazil José Ricardo Rambo End of Contract 23 May 2012[8] Hong Kong Tim Bredbury 1 June 2012[9]
Yokohama FC HK Hong Kong Tim Bredbury Signed by Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 1 June 2012 Hong Kong Lee Chi Kin
Sun Pegasus Hong Kong Chan Hiu Ming Sacked 14 June 2012[10] Hong Kong Chan Ho Yin 10 July 2012[11]
Rangers Hong Kong Chan Chi Kwong Croatia Goran Paulić
Sun Pegasus Hong Kong Chan Ho Yin Sacked 9 October 2012 6th Hong Kong Chan Chi Hong
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Hong Kong Tim Bredbury Contract terminated 23 October 2012[12] 9th Hong Kong Chiu Chung Man

Foreign players[edit]

The number of foreign players was restricted to six per team.

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Visa 5 Visa 6
Biu Chun Rangers Brazil Giovane Silva Croatia Miroslav Saric Zambia Sashi Chalwe Brazil Juninho Brazil Luciano Silva N/A
Citizen Brazil Detinho Brazil Hélio Brazil Paulinho Piracicaba Brazil Gustavo Silva Brazil Sandro Japan Yuto Nakamura
Kitchee Spain Dani Cancela Spain Pablo Couñago Spain Yago González Spain Fernando Recio Spain Jordi Tarrés Pakistan Zesh Rehman
South China Brazil Alessandro Celin Brazil Dhiego Martins Brazil Joel Bertoti Padilha Brazil Itaparica Brazil Ticão Chinese Taipei Victor Chou
Southern Cameroon Paul Ngue Spain Jonathan Carril Spain Rubén López Spain Lander Panera Spain Dieguito N/A
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Brazil Roberto Júnior Cameroon Jean-Jacques Kilama Guinea Mamadou Barry Spain José María Cameroon Yrel Bouet China Su Yang
Sun Pegasus Bosnia and Herzegovina Vladimir Karalić Brazil Paulo Cesar Cameroon Eugene Mbome Serbia Igor Miović Croatia Josip Škorić South Korea Kim Dong-Ryeol
Tuen Mun Brazil Beto Brazil Daniel Brazil Diego Eli Brazil Mauricio N/A N/A
Wofoo Tai Po Brazil Clayton Afonso Brazil Naves Aender Nigeria Alex Tayo Akande Nigeria Caleb Ekwegwo N/A N/A
Yokohama FC Hong Kong Japan Tsuyoshi Yoshitake Japan Taiki Murai Montenegro Čedomir Mijanović Serbia Mirko Teodorović N/A Japan Kenji Fukuda

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 South China (C) 18 11 3 4 46 21 +25 36 2014 AFC Champions League Play-off stage
2 Kitchee (O) 18 9 5 4 39 23 +16 32 2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-off 1
3 Tuen Mun 18 8 4 6 29 31 −2 28
4 Southern 18 6 6 6 24 27 −3 24 2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-off 2
5 Sun Pegasus 18 4 9 5 35 29 +6 21
6 Biu Chun Rangers 18 5 5 8 32 52 −20 20 BCR 3–3 CIT BCR 2–2 SUN BCR 1–1 YHK
CIT 2–3 BCR CIT 1–2 SUN CIT 3–0 YHK
SUN 2–2 BCR SUN 1–1 CIT SUN 1–1 YHK
YHK 2–4 BCR YHK 1–1 CIT YHK 2–0 SUN
7 Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 18 4 8 6 26 33 −7 20
8 Citizen 18 5 5 8 31 27 +4 20
9 Yokohama FC Hong Kong 18 4 8 6 25 34 −9 20
10 Wofoo Tai Po (R) 18 4 7 7 34 44 –10 19 2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-off 3
Relegation to the 2013–14 Hong Kong Second Division League

Updated to games played on 26 May 2013.
Source:  
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
1Kitchee won the 2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-off and thus qualified for the 2014 AFC Cup Group stage.
2Southern qualified for the play-offs as Kitchee defeated Sun Pegasus in the FA Cup while they have guaranteed a place for the play-offs, meaning the league 4th place qualifies.
3Wofoo Tai Po won the 2012–13 Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield and thus qualified for the 2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-off along with Southern District whom qualified due to Kitchee winning the FA Cup along with coming runner sup in the league.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Positions by round[edit]

As there is a special fixture arrangement for rounds 7 and 8, in order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for round 7, but then played between rounds 8 and 9, it will be added to the standings for round 8.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
South China 1 3 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Kitchee 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Tuen Mun 7 4 7 6 4 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Southern 8 10 10 10 10 10 9 7 7 7 5 5 6 5 4 4 4 4
Sun Pegasus 5 7 6 7 6 7 5 8 8 8 8 9 5 7 7 8 7 5
Biu Chun Rangers 3 2 4 4 3 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 6
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 10 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 9 7
Citizen 6 8 8 8 8 5 6 5 5 5 6 7 9 10 8 9 10 8
Yokohama FC Hong Kong 9 5 3 3 5 6 7 6 6 6 7 6 7 6 6 6 6 9
Wofoo Tai Po 4 6 5 5 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 9 7 8 10

Last updated: 4 May 2013
Source: [1]

2014 AFC Cup Group Stage
2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-offs
Relegation to 2013–14 Hong Kong Second Division League

Results Table[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BCR CIT KIT SCA SOU SUN SPS TMN TPO YHK
Biu Chun Rangers 3–3 2–7 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–8 1–4 1–4 1–1
Citizen 2–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 7–3 3–0
Kitchee 1–2 3–2 1–4 3–0 1–1 4–2 1–1 2–2 2–2
South China 6–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–4 1–1 2–1 5–1 5–2
Southern 3–1 3–1 0–1 3–2 2–1 3–3 1–1 2–2 1–0
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 2–2 1–1 0–3 2–2 3–2 0–0 1–2 3–2 1–1
Sun Pegasus 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–3 1–2
Tuen Mun 1–0 0–5 0–2 2–1 3–0 4–2 2–4 1–0 2–2
Wofoo Tai Po 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–5 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–3
Yokohama FC Hong Kong 2–4 1–1 1–4 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–2

Updated to games played on 5 May 2013.
Source: Fixtures - RedMR First Division League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Round 8[edit]

Round 9[edit]

Round 10[edit]

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Round 13[edit]

Round 14[edit]

Round 15[edit]

Round 16[edit]

Round 17[edit]

Round 18[edit]

Remarks:
1 The capacity of Aberdeen Sports Ground is originally 9,000, but only the 4,000-seated main stand is opened for football match.
2 Yokohama FC Hong Kong's home matches against Kitchee and South China are played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of their usual home ground Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground.
3 Biu Chun Rangers's home matches against South China and Kitchee are played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of their usual home ground Sham Shui Po Sports Ground.
4 South China's home matches against Biu Chun Rangers will be played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of their usual home ground Hong Kong Stadium.
5 The match was abandoned after 28 minutes due to adverse weather and bad pitch conditions.
6 Since the 3,500-seated main stand was all full, the 1,500 temporary stand was opened and therefore the capacity of Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground was 5,000 in the home match against South China.

Season Play-offs[edit]

The play-off semi-finals were played in one match each, contested by the teams who finished in 2nd and 3rd in the 2012–13 Hong Kong First Division League table, the champions of Senior Challenge Shield and the winners of FA Cup. The winners of the semi-finals went through to the finals, with the winner of the final gaining 2014 AFC Cup participation.

Semi-finals Final
           
CW/L2 Kitchee 2
L4 Southern 0
CW/L2 Kitchee 3
L3 Tuen Mun 0
L3 Tuen Mun 2
SW Wofoo Tai Po 1

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[13]
1 Hong Kong Jaimes McKee Sun Pegasus 16
2 Nigeria Alex Tayo Akande Wofoo Tai Po 13
3 Brazil Giovane Silva Biu Chun Rangers 11
Brazil Itaparica South China
5 Japan Tsuyoshi Yoshitake Yokohama FC HK 9
6 Spain Jonathan Carril Kitchee
Southern
8
7 Japan Yuto Nakamura Citizen 7
Spain Jordi Tarrés Kitchee
Spain Pablo Couñago
Guinea Mamadou Barry Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei
Brazil Daniel Goulart Quevedo Tuen Mun
Ghana Christian Annan Wofoo Tai Po

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Nigeria Tayo Akande, AlexAlex Tayo Akande Wofoo Tai Po Biu Chun Rangers 4–1 16 September 2012
Brazil Detinho Citizen Wofoo Tai Po 7–3 11 November 2012
Japan Yuto Nakamura Citizen Tuen Mun 5–0 29 March 2013
Hong Kong Jaimes McKee5 Sun Pegasus Biu Chun Rangers 8–2 4 May 2013
  • 5 Player scored 5 goals in the match.

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Clean Sheets[edit]


Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

The monthly awards are organised by the Hong Kong Sports Press Association. 20 journalists who specialise in football in Hong Kong will vote their best player of the month. Player with the highest number of votes wins the award.

Year Month Winner Club Source
2012 September Hong Kong Lee Chi Ho South China [14]
October Brazil Detinho Citizen [15]
November Brazil Detinho Citizen [16]
December Hong Kong Lee Wai Lim South China [17]
2013 January Hong Kong Au Yeung Yiu Chung South China [18]
February Ghana Christian Annan Wofoo Tai Po [19]
March Hong Kong Zhang Chunhui Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei [20]
April Hong Kong Li Haiqiang Tuen Mun [21]
May Spain Jordi Tarrés Kitchee [22]

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