2015–16 Hong Kong Premier League

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Hong Kong Premier League
Season 2015–16
Champions Eastern
Relegated Dreams Metro Gallery
Glory Sky Wong Tai Sin
AFC Champions League Kitchee
Eastern
Matches played 72
Goals scored 213 (2.96 per match)
Top goalscorer Giovane da Silva (Eastern)
Admir Adrović (HK Pegasus)
(10 goals)
Best goalkeeper Yapp Hung Fai (Eastern)
Biggest home win Kitchee 4–0 Yuen Long
(12 September 2015)
South China 4–0 Dreams Metro Gallery
(13 December 2015)
Eastern 4–0 Rangers (5 March 2016)
Biggest away win Yuen Long 1–6 Eastern
(13 December 2015)
Highest scoring Southern 6–3 Dreams Metro Gallery
(9 January 2016)
Longest winning run 6 matches:
Kitchee
Longest unbeaten run 12 matches:
Kitchee
Longest winless run 10 matches:
Wong Tai Sin
Longest losing run 4 matches:
Wong Tai Sin
Highest attendance 4,130
Eastern 3–1 South China
(10 January 2016)
Lowest attendance 271
Rangers 0–0 Southern
(12 December 2015)
Total attendance 73334
Average attendance 1019

2015–16 Hong Kong Premier League (also known as BOCG Life Hong Kong Premier League for sponsorship reasons) is the second season of Hong Kong Premier League, the top division of Hong Kong football.

Teams[edit]

A total of 9 teams will contest the league, including eight sides from the 2014–15 Hong Kong Premier League and one promoted from the 2014–15 Hong Kong First Division League.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.

Team Stadium Location District Capacity
Dreams Metro Gallery Sham Shui Po Sports Ground Cheung Sha Wan Sham Shui Po 2,194
Eastern Mong Kok Stadium Mong Kok Yau Tsim Mong 6,769
HK Pegasus Hong Kong Stadium So Kon Po Wan Chai 40,000
Kitchee Mong Kok Stadium Mong Kok Yau Tsim Mong 6,769
Rangers Kowloon Bay Park Kowloon Bay Kwun Tong 1,200
South China Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground Tseung Kwan O Sai Kung 3,500
Southern Aberdeen Sports Ground Aberdeen Southern 4,0001
Wong Tai Sin Hammer Hill Sports Ground Choi Hung Wong Tai Sin 2,200
Yuen Long FC Yuen Long Stadium Yuen Long Yuen Long 4,932

Remarks:
1The capacity of Aberdeen Sports Ground reduces from 9,000 to 4,000 as only the main stand is opened for football matches.


Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Dreams Metro Gallery Lo Man Fai Leung Chi Wing Spain Pablo Gallardo Nike Fu Ho Restaurant
Eastern Lam Kin Ming Chan Yuen Ting Yapp Hung Fai Adidas N/A
HK Pegasus Canny Leung Lee Chi Kin Kwok Kin Pong Adidas N/A
Kitchee Ken Ng Chu Chi Kwong Lo Kwan Yee Nike Jockey Club Kitchee Centre
Rangers Mok Yiu Keung Yan Lik Kin Brazil Beto Fronza Xtep Kunne
South China Wallace Cheung Brazil Ricardo Chan Wai Ho Adidas Panasonic
Southern Chan Man Chun Cheng Siu Chung Spain José María Díaz Nike Kwoon Chung Motors(Home Jersey)
ISUZU(Guest Jersey)
Wong Tai Sin Ma Hung Ming Chiu Chung Man
Poon Man Chun
Japan Yuto Nakamura Joma N/A
Yuen Long Wong Wai Shun Fung Hoi Man Brazil Fábio Lopes Nike Itacho Sushi

Chairman changes[edit]

Team Outgoing Chairman Date of vacancy Incoming Chairman Date of appointment
Dreams Metro Gallery Khan Swadiq (as YFCMD) 1 July 2015 Lo Man Fai 1 July 2015
HK Pegasus Cheng Ting Kong (as Sun Pegasus) 1 July 2015 Canny Leung 1 July 2015

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Yuen Long Chan Ho Yin Sacked 3 May 2015 Pre-season Fung Hoi Man 9 June 2015
Kitchee Spain José Molina Resigned 27 May 2015 Spain Abraham Garcia 21 July 2015
Eastern Cristiano Cordeiro Sacked 1 June 2015 Yeung Ching Kwong 8 June 2015
Kwoon Chung Southern Fung Hoi Man Signed by I-Sky Yuen Long 9 June 2015 Cheng Siu Chung 9 June 2015
HK Pegasus Chan Chi Hong Resigned 30 June 2015 Lee Chi Kin 8 July 2015
BC Rangers Yan Lik Kin Return as Assistant Manager 24 July 2015 Brazil Ricardo 24 July 2015
Eastern Yeung Ching Kwong Signed by Meizhou Wuhua 13 December 2015 1st Chan Yuen Ting 13 December 2015
BC Rangers Brazil Ricardo Signed by South China 2 March 2016 8th Yan Lik Kin 2 March 2016
Kitchee Spain Abraham Garcia Resigned 5 Mar 2016 2nd Chu Chi Kwong 5 Mar 2016
South China Brazil Casemiro Mior Sacked 13 Mar 2016 3rd Brazil Ricardo 13 Mar 2016

Foreign players[edit]

The number of foreign players is restricted to six (including an Asian player) per team, with no more than four on pitch during matches.[1]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Asian Player
Rangers Brazil Mauricio Brazil Paulo César France Quentin Lendresse Spain Dieguito Spain Ernesto Gómez South Korea Gee Kyung-hun
Dreams Metro Gallery Spain Pablo Gallardo Brazil Leonidas Croatia Miroslav Saric Japan Kenji Fukuda
Eastern Australia James Meyer Brazil Clayton Brazil Diego Eli Brazil Giovane Brazil Michel Lugo Australia Andrew Barisic
Wong Tai Sin Brazil Everton Camargo Brazil Naves Brazil Reinaldo Serbia Mirko Teodorović South Korea Yoon Dong-hun Japan Yuto Nakamura
HK Pegasus Brazil Dhiego Martins Brazil Eduardo Praes Brazil João Emir Republic of Macedonia Kristijan Naumovski Montenegro Admir Adrović
Southern Brazil Tomas Brazil Wellingsson Souza Spain Diego Garrido Spain Jonathan Carril Spain José María Díaz
Kitchee Brazil Fernando Azevedo Spain Dani Cancela Spain Fernando Recio Spain Jordi Tarrés Spain Rufino Segovia South Korea Kim Tae-Min
South China Brazil Luiz Carlos Cameroon Mahama Awal Ecuador Cristian Mora Ecuador Félix Borja Serbia Bojan Mališić Australia Ryan Griffiths
Yuen Long Brazil Fábio Lopes Brazil Gustavo Silva Brazil Luciano Silva Brazil Stefan Serbia Aleksandar Ranđelović South Korea Park Chan-Jong

Former players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Dreams Metro Gallery Brazil Clayton
Eastern Croatia Miroslav Saric South Korea Han Jae-woong
HK Pegasus Serbia Dušan Martinović Slovenia Nejc Mevlja Croatia Ivan Miličević Australia Dane Milovanović
Kitchee Spain Juan Belencoso
Rangers Brazil Santaiana Thailand Panudech Maiwong
Southern
South China Liberia Boima Karpeh Brazil Lucas Silva East Timor Murilo
Wong Tai Sin Brazil Leonidas Japan Kohei Ito
Yuen Long Spain José Cruz

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Eastern Long Lions 16 12 2 2 35 13 +22 38 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Kitchee 16 11 4 1 32 11 +21 37 Qualification to Season Play-off and Champions League preliminary round 2
3 South China 16 9 2 5 26 21 +5 29 Qualification to Season Play-off[a]
4 Southern 16 6 5 5 26 21 +5 23
5 HK Pegasus 16 4 5 7 22 27 −5 17
6 Dreams Metro Gallery 16 4 4 8 19 30 −11 16 Relegation to First Division[b]
7 Yuen Long 16 3 6 7 21 32 −11 15
8 Rangers 16 2 5 9 15 29 −14 11[c]
9 Wong Tai Sin 16 2 5 9 17 29 −12 11[c] Relegation to First Division[b]
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) Goals scored; 7) Fair-play points; 8) Drawing lots (Play-off if the winner has to be decided)
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the Senior Shield, Eastern, and the winners of the League Cup, Kitchee, qualified for AFC competitions and the Season Play-off respectively based on league position, the spots awarded to the Senior Shield winner and the League Cup winner for the Season Play-off were awarded to the third and fourth placed team in the league. Hong Kong Pegasus qualified as winners of the FA Cup.
  2. ^ a b Both Dreams Metro Gallery and Glory Sky Wong Tai Sin did not apply for the next season's Hong Kong Premier League Licence.
  3. ^ a b Biu Chun Rangers wins head-to-head against Glory Sky Wong Tai Sin.

Positions by round[edit]

To preserve the chronological order of events, 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 ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718
Eastern312111111111111111
Kitchee134544533333222222
South China685422222222333333
Kwoon Chung Southern478866665455644444
Hong Kong Pegasus521233456566455555
Dreams Metro Gallery243355344644566666
Yuen Long967788787777788877
Hong Kong Rangers756677879998899998
Glory Sky Wong Tai Sin899999998889977789
Leader - 2017 AFC Champions League play-off stage
Relegation to 2016–17 Hong Kong First Division League

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] HKR DMG EAA KCS KIT PEG SCA WTS YLF
Hong Kong Rangers 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 3–2 0–2 2–1 1–1
Dreams Metro Gallery 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–1 2–0 3–2
Eastern 4–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 3–0
Kwoon Chung Southern 3–2 6–3 1–2 1–1 3–3 2–3 2–0 2–0
Kitchee 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2 2–1 4–0
Hong Kong Pegasus 1–0 0–3 0–0 0–1 2–4 0–2 2–0 1–1
South China 2–0 4–0 1–2 1–0 0–3 0–2 2–1 2–1
Glory Sky Wong Tai Sin 3–3 3–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1
Yuen Long 3–1 2–1 1–6 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 4–1

Source: Hong Kong Football Association
^ 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]

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top Scorer[edit]

As of 7 May 2016[2]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Brazil Giovane da Silva Eastern 10
Montenegro Admir Adrović Hong Kong Pegasus
3 Australia Andrew Barisic Eastern 7
Hong Kong Alex Akande Kitchee
Cameroon Mahama Awal South China
6 France Quentin Lendresse Biu Chun Rangers 6
Japan Kenji Fukuda Dreams Metro Gallery

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref
Spain Jordi Tarrés Kitchee Yuen Long 4–0 12 September 2015 [3]
Brazil Giovane da Silva Eastern Yuen Long 6–1 13 December 2015 [4]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Eastern 15,267 4,130 1,085 1,908 +98.8%
2 Kitchee 12,751 3,630 694 1,594 +6.5%
3 South China 9,105 2,292 461 1,138 −18.6%
4 Yuen Long 8,611 1,418 647 1,076 −9.6%
5 Hong Kong Pegasus 7,847 2,378 506 981 −39.3%
6 Dreams Metro Gallery 6,697 1,131 551 837 +10.1%
7 Glory Sky Wong Tai Sin 5,327 962 470 666 −4.0%
8 Kwoon Chung Southern 3,915 780 308 489 n/a1
9 Hong Kong Rangers 3,814 966 271 477 −1.6%
League total 73,334 4,130 271 1,019 −2.8%

Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
1: Team did not play last season in the Premier League

Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards[edit]

Awards Prize Winner Club Votes
Footballer of the Year Hong Kong Yapp Hung Fai Eastern 75.84%
Coach of the Year Hong Kong Chan Yuen Ting Eastern 50.64%
Young Players of the Year Hong Kong Tan Chun Lok HK Pegasus 68.01%
Hong Kong Li Ngai Hoi Kitchee 34.29%
Players' Player Brazil Diego Eli Eastern 57.97%
Most Favorite Player Japan Kenji Fukuda Dreams Metro Gallery 3,011
Hong Kong Top Footballers
Goalkeeper Hong Kong Yapp Hung Fai Eastern 75.84%
Defenders Hong Kong Beto Júnior Eastern 56.96%
Hong Kong Lo Kwan Yee Kitchee 47.23%
Hong Kong Cheung Kin Fung South China 42.17%
Serbia Bojan Mališić South China 32%
Midfielders Brazil Diego Eli Eastern 57.97%
Hong Kong Huang Yang Kitchee 44.42%
Brazil Fernando Kitchee 40.96%
Brazil Michel Lugo Eastern 36.13%
Forwards Brazil Giovane Eastern 62.37%
Spain Rufino Kitchee 29.45%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "足總CEO:下季港職聯降一隊 外援註6出3+1". on.cc 東網. 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  2. ^ "Hong Kong Football Association – Top Scorers". Hong Kong Football Association. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Kitchee 4 Yuen Long 0". 12 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Yuen Long 1 Eastern 6". 13 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.