2013–14 Hong Kong First Division League

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HKFA RedMR First Division League
Season 2013–14
Champions Kitchee
AFC Champions League Kitchee
Matches played 107
Goals scored 377 (3.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Juan Belencoso (Kitchee)
(11 goals)
Biggest home win Kitchee 6–2 Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei
(3 September 2013)
Biggest away win Citizen 1–4 South China
(18 January 2014)
Highest scoring Kitchee 6–2 Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei
(3 September 2013)
Sun Pegasus 5–3 South China
(14 September 2013)
Longest winning run 5 games
Kitchee
Longest unbeaten run 8 games
Kitchee
Longest winless run 2 games
Citizen
Happy Valley
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei
Yokohama FC Hong Kong
Longest losing run 2 games
Happy Valley
Highest attendance 3,200
Sun Pegasus 5–3 South China
Mong Kok Stadium
(Week 2)
Lowest attendance 142
Citizen 3–4 Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei
Tsing Yi Sports Ground
(Week 14)
Total attendance 74,165 (Excluding voided matches)
86,651(Including voided matches)
Average attendance 975 (Excluding voided matches)
931 (Including voided matches)

The 2013–14 Hong Kong First Division League, officially named 2013–14 HKFA RedMR Hong Kong First Division League due to sponsorship reasons, is the 102nd season of the First Division League since its establishment. It will be a transition season before the new Premier League gets under way in autumn 2014.[1] Therefore, this is also the last ever First Division that is the top division in the Hong Kong footall league system.

South China are the defending champions, having won the First Division title in the previous season.

The season will start on 30 August 2013. League fixtures were announced on 14 August 2013.[2]

On 11 February 2014, the Hong Kong Football Association concluded that Tuen Mun and Happy Valley failed to provide evidence to demonstrate that they are viable football clubs in terms of governance arrangements and financial sustainability. All of their remaining matches are suspended for the remainder of the season.[3] Two days later, the HKFA announced that the results of all of the matches played by the two clubs this season will not be included in the league table. Goals scored in the matches will not be counted. However, where the matches have involved disciplinary sanctions, i.e. yellow cards and red cards, etc., these will remain on record. Furthermore, HKFA has confirmed that none of the remaining 10 teams playing matches in the 1st Division will be relegated at the end of the 2013/14 season in the same report.[4]

On 5 April 2014, Kitchee secured their sixth First Division title after they beat Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei and South China failed to take a win from Royal Southern.

Teams[edit]

A total of 12 teams will contest the league, including nine sides from the 2012–13 season and three promoted from the 2012–13 Hong Kong Second Division League.

Locations of the Hong Kong First Division League 2013–14 teams

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.

Team Stadium Location Capacity
Biu Chun Rangers Sham Shui Po Sports Ground[5] Sham Shui Po 2,194
Citizen Tsing Yi Sports Ground[6] Tsing Yi 1,500
Eastern Salon Shing Mun Valley Sports Ground[6] Tsuen Wan 5,000
Happy Valley Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground[6]
Tai Po Sports Ground1[6]
Siu Sai Wan
Tai Po
12,000
3,000
I-Sky Yuen Long Yuen Long Stadium Yuen Long 4,932
Kitchee Mong Kok Stadium[7] Mong Kok 6,680
Royal Southern Aberdeen Sports Ground Aberdeen 4,0002
South China Hong Kong Stadium So Kon Po 40,000
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Tsing Yi Sports Ground[6] Tsing Yi 1,500
Sun Pegasus Mong Kok Stadium[7] Mong Kok 6,680
Tuen Mun Tuen Mun Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground Tuen Mun 2,200
Yokohama FC Hong Kong Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground[8] Tseung Kwan O 3,5003

Remarks :
1 As Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground will undergo renovation during the season, it will not be used for football matches within the construction period. Home matches of Happy Valley during the peroid will be played at Tai Po Sports Ground.
2 The capacity of Aberdeen Sports Ground is 9,000, but only the 4,000-seater main stand is opened for football matches.
3 The capacity of Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground is 3,500, but it can be expended to 5,000 if the temporary stand is opened.

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Biu Chun Rangers Mok Yiu Keung José Ricardo Rambo Leung Hing Kit Xtep Lee & Man Paper
Citizen Pui Kwan Kay Chu Kwok Kuen Festus Baise Jako Rasonic[9]
Eastern Salon Lam Kin Ming Cristiano Cordeiro Wong Chun Yue Adidas ECSAF
Happy Valley Kwong Hiu Ming Paul Foster Li Chun Yip UCAN CANSHOW
I-Sky Yuen Long Wong Wai Shun Chan Ho Yin Fábio Lopes Nike Wong & Poon Solicitors
Kitchee Ken Ng Cheng Siu Chung
Chu Chi Kwong
Chu Siu Kei Nike TBC
Royal Southern Wong Ling Sun Fung Hoi Man Rubén López Nike Royal Sauna Spa
South China Steven Lo Yeung Ching Kwong Chan Wai Ho Adidas Panasonic
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Chow Man Leung Chan Fat Chi Roberto Adidas Sunray Cave
Sun Pegasus Cheng Ting Kong Chan Chi Hong Jaimes McKee Adidas Yahoo
Tuen Mun Lau Wong Fat Yan Lik Kin Ling Cong Kappa Hong Kong Motor Inspection
Yokohama FC Hong Kong Hiroshi Onodera Lee Chi Kin Tsuyoshi Yoshitake Nike LEOC

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Kitchee Josep Gombau Signed by Adelaide United 30 April 2013[10] Pre-season Àlex Gómez 21 May 2013[11]
South China Liu Chun Fai End of contract 20 June 2013[12] Cheung Po Chun 1 July 2013[13]
Biu Chun Rangers Chan Hung Ping Returned as assistant coach 30 June 2013 José Ricardo Rambo 6 July 2013[14]
Happy Valley Sergio Timoner Promoted as Technical Director 8 October 2013 12th Paul Foster 8 October 2013[15]
Eastern Salon Lee Kin Wo Promoted as Vice Director 10 October 2013 5th Cristiano Cordeiro 10 October 2013[16]
Kitchee Àlex Gómez Resigned 14 November 2013 1st Cheng Siu Chung
Chu Chi Kwong
14 November 2013[17]
South China Cheung Po Chun Mutual Consent 17 February 2014 2nd Yeung Ching Kwong 17 February 2014

Foreign players[edit]

The number of foreign players is restricted to seven (including an Asian player) per team, with no more than five on pitch during matches.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Asian Player
Biu Chun Rangers Luciano Silva Tomas Maronesi Tales Schütz Miroslav Saric Joel Iván Zarandona
Citizen Fernando Paulinho Piracicaba Hélio Marko Krasić Stefan Tino Lagator Yuto Nakamura
Eastern Salon Paulo César Diego Eli Clayton Afonso Itaparica Beto Fronza Giovane Silva Dylan Macallister
I-Sky Yuen Long Fábio Lopes Gustavo Silva Sandro Čedomir Mijanović Wellingsson de Souza Yuki Fujimoto
Kitchee Fernando Recio Dani Cancela Jordi Tarrés Juan Belencoso Diego Cascón Alex Akande Jang Kyung-Jin
Royal Southern Rubén López Dieguito Yago González Héctor Granado Jonathan Carril Jose Maria Diaz Munoz
South China Ticão Dhiego Martins João Emir Vincent Weijl Saša Kajkut Andrew Barisić Ko Kyung-Joon
Sun Pegasus Eugene Mbome Paulo Cesar Igor Miović Admir Raščić Josip Škorić Aleksandar Ranđelović Marko Jesic
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Roberto Júnior Jean-Jacques Kilama Yrel Bouet Mirko Teodorović Michel Lugo Reinaldo de Morais Peres Zhang Jun
Yokohama FC Hong Kong Kenji Fukuda Taiki Murai Tsuyoshi Yoshitake Masaaki Ideguchi Park Tae-Hong

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Kitchee (C) 18 15 3 0 47 12 +35 48 2015 AFC Champions League play-off stage
2 Sun Pegasus (Q) 18 10 2 6 40 28 +12 32 2013–14 Hong Kong Season Play-off1
3 South China (Q) 18 8 8 2 35 24 +11 32
4 Royal Southern (Q) 18 5 6 7 25 32 −7 21
5 Biu Chun Rangers 18 5 6 7 23 32 −9 21
6 Eastern Salon 18 5 6 7 34 37 −3 21
7 I-Sky Yuen Long 18 5 5 8 25 33 −8 20
8 Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 18 5 4 9 32 41 −9 19
9 Citizen 18 4 6 8 25 33 −8 18
10 Yokohama FC Hong Kong 18 3 4 11 25 39 −14 13
11 Happy Valley (DQ) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Disqualified2
12 Tuen Mun (DQ) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source: Hong Kong Football Association
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
1 Since the 2013–14 Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield winners (South China) would at this point qualify for the 2013–14 Hong Kong Season Play-off the 4th placed team would qualify for the Season Play-off.
2 On 13 February 2014, the HKFA announced that the results of all of the matches played by Tuen Mun and Happy Valley this season will not be included in the league table.[4]
(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]

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 19 20 21 22
Biu Chun Rangers 3 2 2 4 4 5 6 8 5 5 6 6 4 6 7 7 7 8 8
Citizen 5 6 6 6 6 7 9 7 8 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 9 10
Eastern Salon 7 12 12 10 7 6 4 5 6 6 4 5 6 5 4 4 4 4 4
Happy Valley 8 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
I-Sky Yuen Long 4 7 9 9 9 8 7 9 9 9 10 8 8 9 9 9 9 7 7
Kitchee 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Royal Southern 11 4 4 5 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 3 4 5 5 5 6 6
South China 2 5 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 12 9 7 8 10 10 8 6 7 8 8 9 9 7 6 6 6 5 5
Sun Pegasus 9 3 5 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 4 5 3 3 3 3 2 2
Tuen Mun 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Yokohama FC Hong Kong 6 8 8 7 8 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9

Last updated: 6 April 2014
Source:[citation needed]

Leader; 2015 AFC Cup Group stage
2013–14 Hong Kong Season Play-off
Relegation to 2014–15 Hong Kong Second Division League

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BCR CIT EAA IYL KIT SOU SCA SUN SPS YHK
Biu Chun Rangers 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–2
Citizen 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–4 3–4 2–1 1–1
Eastern Salon 3–4 2–2 0–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 4–2 3–4 2–0
I-Sky Yuen Long 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 2–2 3–1 1–4 3–1
Kitchee 4–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 6–2 3–1 4–1
Royal Southern 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–2
South China 2–0 3–2 4–2 2–2 0–0 3–2 2–0 2–2 3–1
Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 1–2 1–1 2–3 3–3 0–2 2–3 0–0 3–2 3–2
Sun Pegasus 1–0 0–1 5–2 4–0 1–2 2–1 5–3 1–3 2–0
Yokohama FC Hong Kong 4–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–3

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source:[citation needed]
^ 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]

Round 19[edit]

Round 20[edit]

Round 21[edit]

Round 22[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[21]
1 Giovane Silva Eastern Salon 12
Admir Raščić Sun Pegasus
3 Wellingsson de Souza I-Sky Yuen Long 11
Juan Belencoso Kitchee
Kenji Fukuda Yokohama FC Hong Kong
6 Jordi Tarrés Kitchee 7
7 Jonathan Carril Southern 6
Michel Lugo Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Silva, Giovane Alves daGiovane Alves da Silva Eastern Salon Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 4–2 22 March 2014

The followings are not counted as matches involving Tuen Mun or Happy Valley are voided.

Raščić, AdmirAdmir Raščić Sun Pegasus Tuen Mun 6–0 26 October 2013
Carril, JonathanJonathan Carril Royal Southern Happy Valley 4–2 30 November 2013
Belencoso, JuanJuan Belencoso Kitchee Tuen Mun 5–0 30 November 2013

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to bad pitch condition, the match will be played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of South China's home ground Hong Kong Stadium.
  2. ^ Due to bad pitch condition, the match will be played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of Southern's home ground Aberdeen Sports Ground.
  3. ^ The match originally kicks off on 22 September 2013. Due to typhoon, the match was cancelled and postponed. It has been scheduled to play at 14:30 on 13 October 2013.[18]
  4. ^ The match originally kicks off on 22 September 2013. Due to typhoon, the match was cancelled and postponed. It has been scheduled to play at 14:30 on 3 November 2013.[18]
  5. ^ The match originally kicks off on 22 September 2013. Due to typhoon, the match was cancelled and postponed. It has been scheduled to play at 20:00 on 26 February 2014.[18]
  6. ^ a b c d Due to the investigating on match-fixing, the HKFA 1st Division matches involving Tuen Mun and Happy Valley will be postponed with immediate effect for one month pending the result of a hearing to be scheduled as soon as possible and hopefully approximately 1 week to 10 days from now.[19]
  7. ^ a b c d e f The match will be played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of Eastern Salon's home ground Shing Mun Valley Sports Ground.
  8. ^ The match will be played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of Citizen's home ground Tsing Yi Sports Ground.
  9. ^ a b The match will be played at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground instead of Eastern Salon's home ground Shing Mun Valley Sports Ground.
  10. ^ a b Due to the investigating on match-fixing, the HKFA 1st Division matches involving Tuen Mun and Happy Valley will be postponed with immediate effect for one month. However, neither Club has proven its viability to the satisfaction of the Committee as questions raised by the Committee remain unanswered. Therefore, the Committee will give the Clubs one final opportunity to provide all of the information requested, in particular relating to their financial viability and governance structures and will meet again on 10 February to review the information. An Emergency Board Meeting of the HKFA is being arranged for 11 February. Therefore, matches of both clubs held before 11 February will be postponed.[20]
  11. ^ As South China reach the second round of 2014 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off, they will face Thai Premier League club Chonburi on 9 February 2014 in Chonburi, Thailand. As a result, the match is postponed.
  12. ^ The match will be played at Kowloon Bay Park instead of Happy Valley's home ground Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground and Tai Po Sports Ground.

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