Eastern Sports Club

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Full name Eastern Athletic Association Football Team Limited[1]
Founded 1932; 85 years ago (1932)
Ground Mong Kok Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,664
Executive Director Peter Leung
President Lam Kin Ming
Coach Szeto Man Chun
League Hong Kong Premier League
2016–17 2nd
Website Club website

Eastern Sports Club (Chinese: ), is a Hong Kong professional football and basketball[2] club.

The football team is commonly known as Eastern Football Team (Chinese: 東方足球隊) (currently known for sponsorship reasons as Eastern Long Lions Football Team [1][3] (Chinese: 東方龍獅足球隊)) and plays in the Hong Kong Premier League.


The club was established in 1932 as Eastern Athletic Association. In 2012 it changed its name to Eastern Salon Football Team for sponsorship reasons. In the 1981/82 season the club was managed by former England captain and World Cup winner Bobby Moore. Notable English players Alan Ball (1966 World Cup winner) played for the club during 1982/83 season, and Graham Paddon in 1982–1984. Eastern were very successful in the 1990s and was renowned as "Great Eastern" and "Eastern Dynasty".

In 2006/07 season Eastern was demoted to Hong Kong Third Division but was subsequently invited by Hong Kong Football Association to compete in First Division League for 2007/08 season after obtaining sufficient sponsorship. However, after competing in the top level league for two seasons, Eastern voluntarily relegated and applied to participate in the Third Division ahead of the 2009-10 season due to financial difficulties.[4]

During the 2013-14 season, Eastern was promoted back to the First Division League as the champion of Second Division League.[5]

In April 2016, Eastern won the 2015–16 Hong Kong Premier League under the guidance of Chan Yuen Ting. With Eastern's victory, the club became the first men's professional association football team to win a domestic, top flight championship under the management of a woman. Chan only lost one game in the 2015–16 season since being appointed.[6]

In the 2016-17 season, Eastern beat Kitchee SC 3-1 to win the Hong Kong Community Shield. The club also got to the final of the Hong Kong Senior Shield before losing to Kitchee 2-1 at Hong Kong Stadium. They also went on a season-long unbeaten run until the final matchday, when they lost to Kitchee 4-1 at the Mongkok Stadium and losing the league title. The club also drew 1-1 with Kawasaki Frontale, which was the first point earned by any Hong Kong club in the AFC Champions League. However, after losing 7-0 and 6-0 to Guangzhou Evergrande of China, 1-0 and 5-0 to Suwon Samsung Bluewings of South Korea and 4-0 away at Kawasaki, the club was knocked out in the group stages with 1 point from 6 games. It was also the first time any club from Hong Kong has participated in the competition. The club also progressed to the semifinals of the Sapling Cup, before losing to HK Pegasus 2-1. Pegasus would then lose in the final to Tai Po. The club's only silverware of the season came from the league playoff, where they beat Southern 3-0 in the final to secure their spot in the second qualifying round of the AFC Champions League the next year.

Current squad[edit]

As 18 August 2017.[3]

First team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Hong Kong GK Yapp Hung Fai (captain)
2 Hong Kong DF Lee Chi Ho (vice captain)
3 Brazil MF Diego EliFP
4 Hong Kong MF Bai He
7 Hong Kong MF Xu Deshuai
8 Hong Kong MF Chan Siu Kwan
9 Spain FW Manolo BledaFP
10 Hong Kong FW Lam Hok Hei
11 Brazil FW Michel LugoFP
12 Hong Kong DF Tsang Chi Hau
13 Hong Kong DF Tse Man Wing
14 Hong Kong MF Cheng King Ho
15 Finland FW Aleksandr KokkoFP
16 Hong Kong GK Ho Kwok Chuen
17 Hong Kong FW Lee Hong Lim
No. Position Player
18 Hong Kong DF Cheung Kin Fung
19 Hong Kong MF Lo Kong Wai
20 Brazil MF Vitor SabaFP
21 Hong Kong DF Tsang Kam To
23 Hong Kong FW Jaimes McKee
24 Hong Kong MF Ju Yingzhi
28 South Korea DF Jo Tae-keunFP
29 Hong Kong MF Leung Chun Pong
30 Hong Kong DF Wong Tsz Ho
33 Hong Kong GK Liang Yuhao
35 Hong Kong DF Ng Wai Chiu
88 Hong Kong Kitamura Shu
96 Hong Kong Lee Ka Wah
98 Hong Kong Chu Chun Kiu



Champions (1): 2015–16
Runners-up (2): 2014–15, 2016–17
Champions (4): 1955–56, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95
Runners-up (2): 1986-87, 1991-92
Champions (2): 1947–48, 2012–13
Champions (3): 2004–05, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12

Cup Competitions[edit]

Champions (4): 1983–84, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2013–14
Runners Up (2): 1994-95, 2014-15
Champions (10): 1939–40, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2007–08, 2014–15, 2015–16
Runners Up (2): 1947–48, 1971–72
Champions (2): 1970–72, 1980–81

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1994: Qualifying – 2nd round
1995: Second Round
1996: First Round
2009: Group stage
2017: Group stage

Continental record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate Position
1994 Asian Club Championship First round Japan Verdy Kawasaki 1–0 1–3 2–3
1995 Asian Club Championship First round Japan Verdy Kawasaki 0–3 0–3 0–6
2009 AFC Cup Group G Thailand Chonburi FC 2–1 1–4 3–5 3rd
Vietnam Hà Nội ACB 3–0 0–3 3–3
Malaysia Kedah FA 3–3 0–2 3–5
2017 2017 AFC Champions League Group G China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–6 0–7 0–13 4th
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 1–1 0–4 1–5
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 0–5 0–6


In 1992–93 season, Eastern maintained a record of 9 straight wins in the first half of the First Division League season. The team scored 30 goals in the first 9 matches with no goals conceded. It was a record of 3-zero (0 draw, 0 loss, 0 conceded). Eastern captured 3 trophies in that season, and regained the League Champion title after 37 years.[7]

Former coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

2013–14 Eastern Sports Club season


  1. ^ a b "Eastern Athletic Association Football Team Limited (CR No. 1253874)". ICRIS, Companies Registry, the Government of Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Eastern set aside HK$10 million to become first professional basketball team in Hong Kong". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Eastern A.A. Football Team". Hong Kong Football Association. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  4. ^ "東方有先例 八年前自降丙組". Apple Daily. Retrieved 5 June 2017.  (in traditional Chinese (HK))
  5. ^ "About Eastern Sports Club". Eastern Sports Club. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Chan becomes first female to lead men's team to top-flight title". Four Four Two. Haymarket Media Group. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  7. ^ HKFA website (in Chinese) 東方不敗的一項全勝紀錄
  8. ^ [1]

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