Hong Kong Rangers FC

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Biu Chun Rangers
HK Rangers.jpg
Full name Hong Kong Rangers Football Club
Founded 1958, as Rangers Football Team
1960, as Hong Kong Rangers FC
Ground Sham Shui Po Sports Ground
Ground Capacity 2,194
President Mok Yiu Keung
Head Coach José Ricardo Rambo
League First Division
2012–13 First Division, 6th
Current season

Hong Kong Rangers Football Club (Chinese: 流浪足球會, often abbreviated to Rangers, renamed as Biu Chun Rangers due to sponsorship reasons), is a Hong Kong football club and plays in Hong Kong First Division League. The team is renamed as Kam Fung (Chinese: 金峰科技) in 2011. They have won the Hong Kong First Division League once, the Senior Challenge Shield 4 times, the FA Cup twice.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1958 by a Scottish expatriate from Glasgow named Ian John Petrie. He named his club after Rangers F.C.. It was the first Asian football club with a modern football club managing system. In the early days, the club could not compete with the bigger clubs financially. So Petrie relied on young players and the team was known as a breeding ground for young players. Kwok Ka Ming was the best known players discovered by Petrie in the 1960s. In 1970, the club brought three Scottish professional players to Hong Kong. They were the first European professional players to play in the Hong Kong League, opening a new chapter in Hong Kong's football history. Great players such as Ian Taylor, Joe Brennan, Jimmy Liddell, and Derek Currie were a few to name. More were to follow in the 1980s such as Steve Paterson Jimmy Bone, and Tommy Nolan.

Today[edit]

Since 12 October 2001, the club had been named after its sponsor, Buler, resulting in the name "Buler Rangers" up until Summer 2006. On 15 September 2007, the club announced that it has secured a large sponsorship from Bulova, a watch brand which used to fund a famous Hong Kong football team decades ago, and used "Bulova Rangers" as the team name.

In 2011, the team changed their name as Kam Fung. They won the champions of 2011–12 Hong Kong Second Division League and got promotion to Hong Kong First Division League.

Over the last decade, Rangers' policy in youth investment has paid off and has gained the club a reputation as an excellent school for young footballers. The Rangers youth academy has produced many of Hong Kong's finest youngsters. Although many have been signed to bigger clubs since, some have chosen to stay with the club that nurtured them. Ranger's youth system has been so successful it is common to see Rangers providing the bulk of Hong Kong's age-grade international youth teams spanning all U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-21 levels.

Seasons[edit]

Season Team name League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Senior
Shield
FA Cup League Cup Junior
Shield
Notes
2005–06 Buler Rangers D1 3 14 7 3 4 24 19 24 First round First round Group stage Hong Kong–Shanghai Championship – Runners-up
Cite du Louvre Cup – 3rd
2006–07 Rangers D1 4 18 7 7 4 23 19 28 First round Semi-finals Group stage
2007–08 Bulova Rangers D1 10 18 2 9 7 19 35 15 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Group stage Relegated to D2
2008–09 Rangers D2 6 18 6 5 7 32 32 23 First round
2009–10 Ongood D2 4 16 10 1 5 49 31 31
2010–11 Biu Chun D2 7 22 9 4 9 37 38 31 Third round
2011–12 Kam Fung D2 1 22 16 2 4 69 24 50 Second round Promoted to First Division League

Honours[edit]

Major trophies are listed below.

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1995–96: Second Round

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 Feb 2014.

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

No. Position Player
19 Hong Kong GK Li Jian
12 Hong Kong GK Siu Leong
31 Hong Kong GK Wei Zhao
3 Hong Kong DF Shum Wai Shing
4 Hong Kong DF Lai Hau Hei
5 Hong Kong DF Moses Mensah
4 Hong Kong DF Luk Tsz Ho
22 Brazil DF Tomas MaronesiFP
23 Hong Kong DF Liu Songwei
2 Hong Kong DF Lai Ka Fai
Spain DF ÓscarFP
No. Position Player
6 Hong Kong MF Chow Cheuk Fung (On loan from Tuen Mun)
17 Hong Kong MF Chan Ming Kong
14 Hong Kong MF Marco Wegener
20 Hong Kong MF Wong Philip
24 Equatorial Guinea MF Iván ZarandonaFP
7 Hong Kong FW Chuck Yiu Kwok
9 Hong Kong FW James Ha
10 Hong Kong FW Lam Hok Hei
16 Hong Kong FW Yick Chi Ho
Spain FW Yago GonzálezFP

Remarks:
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Players with dual nationality:

Reserves[edit]

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

No. Position Player
27 Hong Kong GK Man Wai Sum
Hong Kong DF Ho Chik Hin
Hong Kong DF Lau Chun Ho
12 Hong Kong MF Cheng Siu Kwan
No. Position Player
Hong Kong MF Law Tai Yan
Hong Kong MF Liu Ho Wang Brian
Hong Kong FW Ng Clinton

Out on Loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
25 Hong Kong MF Lai Yiu Cheong (at Sun Hei SC until the end of the 2014–15 season)

Retired numbers[edit]

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

No. Position Player
15 Hong Kong DF Cheung Yiu Lun (posthumous)

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]