Kitchee SC

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Kitchee
Kitchee SC crest.svg
Full name Kitchee Sports Club
Nickname(s) 香港巴塞 (Hong Kong Barça)
Founded 1931; 83 years ago (1931)
Ground Mong Kok Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,664
President Ken K. Ng
Head Coach Chu Chi Kwong & Cheng Siu Chung (caretaker)
League Hong Kong First Division
2013–14 First Division, 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Kitchee Sports Club (Chinese: 傑志體育會) is a Hong Kong sports club best known for its footballing exploits. The club was founded in 1931 and currently plays in Hong Kong First Division League, now playing in Mongkok Stadium.

Kitchee also holds the best record against Italian teams by a Hong Kong team. They defeated A.C. Milan 2–1 on 30 May 2004 [1] and beat Juventus 5–3 on penalties (2–2 after regular time) on 4 June 2005 [2] in a summer friendly match played in Hong Kong.

History[edit]

Following its return to the First Division in 2003, Kitchee became one of the most prominent teams in Hong Kong. Coached by Dejan Antonic, Kitchee won two trophys in one season (2005–2006) and in their 2006–07 season, the club secured 2nd place in the league, where champions South China had already qualified for AFC Cup as Hong Kong Senior Shield winner. As a result, Kitchee became one of the two Hong Kong representatives in 2008 AFC Cup.

Since 2009, the club has been a partner with the Chinese University of Hong Kong for its Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement (IPPE) program.[3]

Kitchee were invited to take part in the 2010 Singapore Cup,[4] becoming the first Hong Kong team to take part in the tournament. The club lost to Etoile FC 4:6 over two legs in the quarter final.

In the 2010–11 Hong Kong First Division League season, under coach Josep Gombau, Kitchee won its first league title in 47 years, by one point over arch rival South China AA, allowing the club to compete in the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy, where they lost 0:4 to Chelsea FC and 0:3 to Blackburn Rovers, and the 2012 AFC Cup.

In 2012, Kitchee Foundation submitted a successful proposal to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for a youth football training centre. The club received over HK$44 million from the trust for the establishment of a centre at Shek Mun, Shatin, New Territories. It will be called the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre, which will open in 2014. The trust's input will be sufficient for 90% of the costs of the centre, while proceeds from the Kitchee vs Arsenal exhibition match will also go into developing the centre.[5]

In July 2012, Kitchee played an exhibition match against Arsenal FC for The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Challenge Cup, drawing 2–2 in front of a full house at the Hong Kong Stadium.[6] This was Arsenal's first time in Hong Kong for 17 years. In October 2012, Arsenal further donated HK$780,000 to Kitchee Foundation in support of the youth training centre.[7]

Kitchee played Manchester United in Hong Kong during the summer of 2013 after Kitchee Foundation received HK$8 million from the Mega Events Fund to host the match.[7][8] The game took place on 2 August 2013, Manchester United won 2-5.

Honours[edit]

Kitchee SC in 1959.
Kitchee team members celebrate winning the 2006–07 Hong Kong League Cup.

Major trophies are listed below.

Domestic[edit]

Winners (6): 1947–48, 1949–50, 1963–64, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
Runners-up (7): 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13
Winners (5): 1949–50, 1953–54, 1959–60, 1963–64, 2005–06
Finalists (5): 1948–49, 1951–52, 1955–56, 2007–08, 2009–10
Winners (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
Finalists (1): 2003–04
Winners (3): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12
Winners (1): 2012–13
Winners (1): 2009

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2008: Group Stage
2012: Round of 16
2013: Quarter-finals

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Shirt sponsors[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 March 2014.

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

No. Position Player
1 China GK Wang Zhenpeng
2 Spain DF Fernando RecioFP
3 Spain DF Dani CancelaFP
6 Hong Kong MF Gao Wen
7 Hong Kong MF Chu Siu Kei
8 Nigeria FW Alex AkandeFP
9 Spain FW Juan BelencosoFP
10 Hong Kong MF Lam Ka Wai (Vice-captain)
11 Hong Kong MF To Hon To
12 Hong Kong DF Lo Kwan Yee (Captain)
13 Hong Kong DF Cheung Kin Fung
14 Hong Kong DF Liu Quankun
15 Hong Kong FW Christian Annan
16 Hong Kong DF Tsang Chi Hau
17 Hong Kong MF Chan Man Fai
No. Position Player
18 Spain FW Jordi TarrésFP
19 Hong Kong MF Huang Yang
20 Canada MF Matt Lam
21 Hong Kong DF Tsang Kam To
22 Republic of Ireland MF Wan Chun
23 China GK Guo Jianqiao
24 South Korea MF Cho Sung-Min
27 Hong Kong GK Chan Ka Ho
28 Hong Kong FW Xu Deshuai
29 Hong Kong MF Cheng Chin Lung
30 Hong Kong MF Leung Ka Hai
32 South Korea DF Jang Kyung-JinFP
33 Spain FW Diego CascónFP
Hong Kong DF Chan Cham Hei

Remarks:
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Player with dual nationality:

Out on Loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
25 Hong Kong MF Ngan Lok Fung (at Southern until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong DF Lui Man Tik (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong DF Wong Ho Ching (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong DF Yip Chun Piu (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong DF Yip King Sun (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
No. Position Player
Hong Kong MF Lo Chi Kwan (at Southern until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong MF Chan Ho Chun (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong FW Chan Ho Fung (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong FW So Chun Yin (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
Hong Kong FW James Ha (at Southern until the end of the 2013–14 season)

Reserves[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Hong Kong FW Luk Kin Ming

Club officials[edit]

Kitchee Sports Club

Kitchee Foundation Limited

Kitchee (Sports Management) Limited

History of Head Coaches[edit]

Years Name Notes
2002–03 Hong Kong Chan Hung Ping
2003–05 Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung
Hong Kong Lam Hing Lun
Co-coaching and both coaches have played in part of the matches as a player.
2005–07 Serbia Dejan Antonić
2007–08 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong Caretaker
2008–09 Chile Julio César Moreno
2009 Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung Caretaker
Aug 1, 2009–April 30, 2013 Spain Josep Gombau
July 1, 2013–Nov 14, 2013 Spain Àlex Gómez
Nov 15, 2013– Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong & Cheng Siu Chung Caretaker

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Senior Shield FA Cup League Cup Season Play-offs Junior Shield Asia Top scorer Notes
2000–01 D1 8 Relegated
2001–02 D2
2002–03 D2 1 Promoted
2003–04 D1 2 Second round Runners-up Group stage
2004–05 D1 3 Semi-finals Semi-finals Group stage
2005–06 D1 4 Winners First round Winners Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs 15
2006–07 D1 2 Semi-finals Semi-finals Winners Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs 13
2007–08 D1 6 Runners-up Quarter-finals Runners-up AFC Group stage Republic of Macedonia Goran Stankovski 12
2008–09 D1 2 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Cameroon Paul Ngue 14
2009–10 D1 3 Runners-up First round Equatorial Guinea Spain Baruc Nsue 7
2010–11 D1 1 Quarter-finals First round Semi-finals Spain Jordi Tarrés 15 Singapore Cup Quarter-finalists
2011–12 D1 1 1st Round Winners Winners AFC Round of 16 Spain Roberto Losada 13 2011 Premier League Asia Trophy 3rd Runner-up
2012–13 D1 2 Quarter-finals Winners Winners AFC Quarter-finals Spain Jordi Tarrés 18
2013–14 D1 1 1st Round Quarter-finals AFC Round of 16 Spain Juan Belencoso 19

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AC Milan humiliated by Hong Kong side in exhibition play". AFP. 2005-05-31. Retrieved 2005-05-31. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Juventus draw 2–2, lose on penalties in exhibition against Hong Kong side". AFP. 2005-06-04. Retrieved 2005-06-04. [dead link]
  3. ^ Injury prevention and performance enhancement intervention in soccer Sports Performance and Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  4. ^ Kitchee set for Singapore Cup RTHK news 30-04-2010
  5. ^ "ARSENAL MATCH TO CELEBRATE ESTABLISHMENT OF JOCKEY CLUB KITCHEE CENTRE". Hong Kong Jockey Club. 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tour: Kitchee 2 – 2 Arsenal". Arsenal.com. 29 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Chan Kin Wa (17 October 2012). "Arsenal: 'We've promised fans a China rematch'". South China Morning Post. 
  8. ^ Chan Kin Wa (9 October 2012). "Manchester United-Kitchee match confirmed". South China Morning Post. 

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