Hong Kong Sapling

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Hong Kong Sapling
2016 Biu Chun Glory Sky logo.png
Full name Hong Kong Sapling Football Club Limited (香港港菁足球會有限公司)
Founded 2011
Ground Hammer Hill Road Sports Ground
Ground Capacity 2,200
President Brian Leung
Chairman Mok Yiu Keung
Manager Chiu Chung Man
League Hong Kong Premier League
2016–17 9th

Hong Kong Sapling (Chinese: 港菁, known as for sponsorship reasons as Biu Chun Glory Sky) is a Hong Kong professional football club which competes in the Hong Kong Premier League. The team was formed for training youngsters for the 2013 East Asian Games, but was dissolved in 2012.

In the run up to the 2016-17 season, Metro Gallery were forced to voluntarily relegate to the First Division due to financial difficulties.[1] Sapling were reformed in order to fill the void left by Metro Gallery and were able to secure funding from two sponsors, Biu Chun and GlorySky Group.[2]

Reason to form[edit]

On 11 August 2011, Mutual withdrew from the Hong Kong First Division League due to financial problems. The Hong Kong Football Association then decided to form a team for training youngsters for the 2013 East Asian Games, as well as to replace Mutual.

Club Badge[edit]

Old club badge

The Hong Kong Football Association asked a professional designer to design a badge for the team. After the badge was published, because the badge looked like the badge of Wigan Athletic, people laughed at the badge and called the team "Fake Wigan".

The Hong Kong Football Association then published a new badge for the team.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of February 2017

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 King Wah Cheung
2 Hong Kong MF Tsui Wang Kit
3 Hong Kong DF Gerard
4 Hong Kong MF Lau Tsz Kin
6 South Korea MF Yoon Dong hun
7 Serbia MF Mirko Teodorović
10 South Korea MF Lee Kil-Hoon
11 Hong Kong MF Liu Pui Fung
12 Hong Kong MF Cheng Siu Kwan
13 Hong Kong DF Yeung Chi Lun (captain)
16 Hong Kong MF Kwok Tsz Kaai
19 Hong Kong GK Au Yeung Tsun Yin
20 Serbia DF Igor Miović
No. Position Player
22 Mexico MF Vas Núñez
23 Brazil FW Everton Camargo
25 Ukraine GK Oleksiy Shlyakotin
27 Hong Kong DF Yu Pui Hong
29 Hong Kong MF Lau Kwun Pong
33 Hong Kong DF Stewart Alexander
39 China MF Zhang Jun
41 Hong Kong DF Tang Lok Man
42 Hong Kong FW Chung Sing Lam
43 Hong Kong MF Poon Pui Hin
56 Hong Kong GK Wong Tse Yeung
87 China GK Siu Leong
90 Hong Kong FW Lau Chi Lok

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