South China AA

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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
SCAA crest.svg
Full name South China Athletic Association
Nickname(s) 少林寺 (Shao Lin Temple)
Founded 12 December 1910 (1910-12-12)
as South China Football Club
Ground Hong Kong Stadium
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Wallace Cheung
(Football Management Committee)
Head Coach Yeung Ching Kwong
League Hong Kong First Division
2013–14 First Division, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

South China Athletic Association (also known as South China, SCAA, Chinese: 南華體育會) is a Hong Kong sports club, best known for its football team which plays in Hong Kong Stadium. The football team plays in the top-level league of Hong Kong, Hong Kong First Division League. It is the football club with most honours in Hong Kong having won a record 40 First Division League titles. They have also won a record 31 Senior Shields, a record 9 FA Cups and 2 League Cups.

Nicknamed "Shaolin Temple" and "Caroliners", South China AA 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[edit]

Early history[edit]

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.

On 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[edit]

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, Chan Kwok Leung, etc. Up until the 1980s, the policy was very successful. But 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 years 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 FC, 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[edit]

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 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 2006/2007 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 2009/2010 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 current chairman, Steven Lo, with his shrewd business sense he has rebuilt the team as a brand, and has 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 Kezman played for South China during the 2010 – 2011 season of the Hong Kong First Division League.

Honours[edit]

Traditionally the most popular club in the city, SCAA is also the most successful football club in Hong Kong, winning the Hong Kong League 38 times (All-time ranking 1st), the Senior Shield 28 times (All-time ranking 1st), the now-defunct Viceroy Cup 8 times, the FA Cup 9 times (All-time ranking 1st) and the League Cup twice. 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[edit]

Winners (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
Winners (5): 1917–18, 1925–26, 1933–34, 1951–52, 1952–53
Runners-up (?):
Winners (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
Runners-up (?):
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
Winners (10): 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2010–11
Runners-up (4): 1975–76, 1985–86, 1997–98, 2000–01
Winners (3): 2001–02, 2007–08, 2010–11
Winners (9): 1947–48, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1966–67
Runners-up (?):
Runners-up (1): 2009

Asian[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1993–94

Recent seasons[edit]

For more details on this topic, see South China AA seasons.

Hong Kong First Division League

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

As of 7 July 2014.

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

No. Position Player
- Ecuador GK Cristian MoraFP
25 Hong Kong GK Tin Man Ho
23 Hong Kong GK Tsang Man Fai
4 Hong Kong DF Sean Tse
5 Hong Kong DF Chak Ting Fung
20 Hong Kong DF Liu Stephen Garlock
22 Hong Kong DF Jack Sealy
15 Hong Kong DF Chan Wai Ho (captain)
18 Hong Kong DF Kwok Kin Pong (1st vice-captain)
3 Hong Kong DF Che Runqiu
13 Hong Kong MF Law Chun Yan
No. Position Player
21 Hong Kong MF Leung Chun Pong
- Argentina MF Alejandro FrezzottiFP
16 Hong Kong MF Chan Siu Kwan
36 Hong Kong MF Kouta Jige
14 Hong Kong MF Jing Teng
11 Hong Kong MF Itaparica
31 Hong Kong FW Cheng Lai Hin
10 Japan FW Yuto NakamuraFP
- Ecuador FW David MatuteFP
7 Hong Kong FW Chan Siu Ki
9 Hong Kong FW Lee Wai Lim

Remarks:
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Player with dual nationality:

For recent transfers, see List of Hong Kong football transfers summer 2014.

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
Hong Kong GK Lee Yat Chun
Hong Kong DF Chan Chi Sum
Hong Kong MF Chung Kai Lam
No. Position Player
Hong Kong MF Sy Yiu Wai
Hong Kong MF Wong Ming Kui
Hong Kong FW Lau Shu Hin

Notable players[edit]

For a list of notable players, see List of South China AA footballers

Current football management staff[edit]

  • Updated 3 June 2014.
Position Name
English Trad. Chinese
Chairman / Team Manager Wallace Cheung 張廣勇
Technical
Head Coach Yeung Ching Kwong 楊正光
Assistant Coach Ku Kam Fai 顧錦輝
Assistant Coach Dega 祖利亞
Assistant Coach Li Ho Yin 李浩賢
Goalkeeper Trainer Fan Chun Yip 范俊業
Management
Deputy Team Manager Hui Ka Chuen 許家銓
Administrative Assistant Yip Chi Shun 葉志舜

Coaches[edit]

As of 29 January 2011. 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 align=left|1954 1970 ?
Kwok Shek 郭石 align=left|1970 1977 ?
Ng Wai Man 吳偉文 align=left|1977 1981 ?
Halla 漢拿 align=left|1981 1982 ?
Kwok Kam Hung 郭錦洪 align=left|1982 1982 ?
Peter Wong 黃興桂 align=left|1982 1983 ?
Alex Miller 米勒 align=left|1983 1983 ?
Ng Wai Man 吳偉文 align=left|1983 1984 ?
Casemiro Mior 米路 align=left|1998 2002 ?
Wong Man Wai 黃文偉 rowspan=3 align=left|2002 2006 ?
Chan Kwok Hung 陳國雄 - Ku Kam Fai 顧錦輝 - Jorge Amaral 阿曼龍 align=left|2006 24 November 2006 10 6 2 2 20 13 60
Ku Kam Fai* & Chan Kwok Hung* 顧錦輝 & 陳國雄 align=left|25 November 2006 27 November 2006 1 1 0 0 5 2 100
Casemiro Mior 米路 align=left|28 November 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 align=left|2007 2008 34 19 4 11 79 41 55.9 1 First Division title, 1 League Cup title
Tsang Wai Chung 曾偉忠 align=left|1 July 2008 17 September 2008 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Liu Chun Fai* 廖俊輝 align=left|17 September 2008 7 December 2008 11 9 1 1 30 7 81.8
Kim Pan-Gon 金判坤 align=left|8 December 2008 11 December 2010 27 19 4 4 72 16 70.4 2 First Division titles, 1 Senior Shield title
Chan Ho Yin* 陳浩然 align=left|11 December 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 align=left|28 June 2011 9 July 2012 26 13 9 4 61 30 50.0
Liu Chun Fai 廖俊輝 align=left|9 July 2012 30 June 2013 28 16 6 6 63 28 57.1 1 First Division title
Cheung Po Chun 張寶春 align=left|1 July 2013
Key
* Served as caretaker coach.

Partnerships[edit]

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.[9]

Songs[edit]

  • 1) 南華歌

A new official cheering song for SCAA. It was introduced in the first home match in 06–07 season against HKFC. The demo version of the song can be accessed on www.bma.com.hk.

  • 2) 擁南躉之歌[10]

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 70's and the 80's; 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[edit]

  1. ^ a b "原名為華人足球隊" (GIF). 南華八十年回憶錄 (in Traditional Chinese). Retrieved 12 April 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "第一個華人足球會和「足球王國」" (in Traditional Chinese). Wenweipao. Retrieved 12 April 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "莫家後人「點將錄」" (in Traditional Chinese). Sina. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "1919中国足球队" (in Simplified 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. 
  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, SCAA Fans Club official site, Accessed on 20 October 2007.
  9. ^ Club Partnership – Tottenham Hotspur & South China
  10. ^ 南 華 會 會 歌 – Song of South China

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