HKFC Soccer Section

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Hong Kong FC
The Logo of HKFC
Full name Hong Kong Football Club
Nickname(s) HKFC
Founded 12 February 1886; 131 years ago (1886-02-12)
Ground Hong Kong Football Club Stadium
Ground Capacity 2,750
Manager Richard Ewart
League Premier League
2015–16 2nd (promoted)

The Soccer Section of Hong Kong Football Club (Abbreviation: HKFC; Chinese: 香港足球會) fields a range of teams at various age divisions in the Hong Kong leagues. The First Team currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League.

History[edit]

While the soccer team has won many titles in the second-tier competition in recent years, they have rarely enjoyed success when playing against the professional sides in the First Division. In 1980 however, "CLUB" as they were commonly known, did manage to avoid relegation from the Professional First Division for the first time in their history. One of the highlights of the season was a 1–1 draw with eventual Champions Seiko SA. On 10 May 1980 at the HK Government Stadium CLUB defeated Kui Tan 1–0 with an 87th-minute penalty scored by John McGunnigle, meaning Kui Tan joined Urban Services in the drop that year.

In the past few years, HKFC opted not to take promotion to the First Division. In 2006, finally, the club accepted the promotion after winning the Second Division. After showing initial promise, they lost 4 league matches in a row between March and April 2007 and were relegated to the Second Division. They did however become Champions of the Second Division again in April 2010 and returned to the First Division.

In 2016, two years after the establishment of the fully professional Hong Kong Premier League, HKFC finally decided to seek promotion to the top flight after finishing as runners-up behind Tai Po in the 2015–16 Hong Kong First Division League.

International Soccer Sevens[edit]

The team is known outside Hong Kong for being the host of the annual HKFC International Soccer Sevens youth-team seven-a-side tournament which attracts high-profile teams such as Manchester United, Aston Villa and Celtic.

Honours[edit]

Manchester United Premier Cup Hong Kong U 15 2011 Champions

Henderson Elite Youth League U 15 Champions

Players[edit]

First Team Squad[edit]

As of 12 March 2017[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Issey Maholo
2 Hong Kong FW Chi Kin Kenneth Cheng
3 Scotland DF Steven McGurgan
4 Hong Kong DF Alexandre Dujardin
5 Austria DF Martin Rainer
6 England MF Andrew Neil Wylde
7 England FW Robert Scott
8 Netherlands MF Fred Schipper
9 England FW Robert Alexander Bacon
10 England FW Michael Hampshire
11 Egypt MF Amro Abbas
12 Hong Kong MF Ching Ting Li
No. Position Player
14 Japan FW Shunsuke Nakamura
16 France MF Jérôme De Clarens
17 England FW James Beacher
18 England MF Matthew Hoare
19 Hong Kong DF Wing Kit Wong
20 Hong Kong MF Ka Ming Max Poon
21 Hong Kong GK Shum Kenrick
22 Hungary DF Gergely Zoltan Gheczy (Captain)
23 Hong Kong FW Jonathan Bliss
24 Hong Kong MF Daniel Man
25 Hong Kong MF Lo Ka Kwan
26 Hong Kong DF Sze Chun Chan
27 England MF Thomas Smith
31 Hong Kong GK Chun Yu Luk

Team Officials[edit]

Position Name
Manager Richard Ewart
Coach Neil Picknell
Soccer Section Chairman Kieran Flynn
Soccer Section Secretary Les Collett
First Team Liaison Officier Christy Chan
Sports Development Officer Ivan Fung

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