Hong Kong national football team – record in qualifying and major tournaments

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This page covers the record of the Hong Kong national football team in the FIFA World Cup and the Asian Cup. In the "Results" section, home results are written before away results. Where Hong Kong only played a team once, (h), (a) and (n) indicates home, away and neutral.

Major Tournaments[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Uruguay 1930 World Cup Did not enter - - -
Italy 1934 World Cup
France 1938 World Cup
Brazil 1950 World Cup
Switzerland 1954 World Cup
Hong Kong 1956 Asian Cup Qualified as hosts - - Hong Kong came 3rd in the tournament
Sweden 1958 World Cup Did not enter - - -
South Korea 1960 Asian Cup 3 teams, one qualifies 2nd, 2pts/4  Philippines 7–0 (a)
 Republic of China 4–7 (n)
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Chile 1962 World Cup Did not enter - - -
Israel 1964 Asian Cup Qualified automatically - - Came last out of the 4 teams in the final tournament.
England 1966 World Cup Did not enter - - -
Iran 1968 Asian Cup 5 teams, 1 qualifies 1st, 8pts/8  South Vietnam 2–0 (h)
 Malaysia 3–1 (h)
 Singapore 2–0 (h)
 Thailand 2–0 (h)
Came last out of the 5 teams in the final tournament.
Mexico 1970 World Cup Did not enter - - -
Thailand 1972 Asian Cup 2 groups of 3 teams, 4 qualify,
then Knockout
3rd, 0pts/4  Indonesia 1–2 (?)
 Khmer Republic 1–2 (h)
 Malaysia 1–2 (h)
Lost in the first group stage of qualifying.
West Germany 1974 World Cup AFC/OFC Zone A Group
stage,then knock-out
1st 4/4, knocked out in 12 finals  Japan 1–0 (n)
 South Vietnam 1–0 (n)
 South Korea 1–3 (a)
Lost in Semi Finals of qualifying.
Iran 1976 Asian Cup Group stage then knock-out 2nd, 2/4pts; knocked out in 12 finals  Brunei 3–0 (h)
 China PR 0–1 (h)
 North Korea 3–3 (10–11 pen.) (h)
Lost in Semi Finals of qualifying, but came 3rd in 'mini-tournament'.
Argentina 1978 World Cup AFC/OFC Groups stages 1st 6/8, then 0/16pts  Indonesia 4–1 (n)
 Singapore 2–2 (a)
 Thailand 2–1 (a)
 Malaysia 1–1 (a)
 Iran 0–2, 0–3
 South Korea 0–1, 2–5
 Kuwait 1–3, 0–4
 Australia 2–5, 0–3
Lost in last round robin of qualifying.
Kuwait 1980 Asian Cup Groups (2 groups of 3 and 1 group of 7) 2nd 4/6 pts then knockout  North Korea 0–3* (n)
 Thailand 0–1 (h)
 Singapore 3–1 (n)
 Sri Lanka 5–0 (n)
 Malaysia 0–0 (4–5 pen) (n)
Lost in semi finals of qualifying.
Spain 1982 World Cup AFC/OFC Groups stages 2nd 2/6 pts then knockout  China PR 0–1* (h)
 Singapore 1–1 (h)
 North Korea 2–2 (h)
 China PR 0–0 (4–5 pen) (h)
Lost in semi finals of group.
Singapore 1984 Asian Cup Groups (3 groups of 5, 1 group of 6) 4th 2/8 pts  China PR 0–2 (a)
 Qatar 0–1 (n)
 Jordan 1–1 (n)
 Afghanistan 0–0 (n)
Did not qualify.
Mexico 1986 World Cup Group stages then knockout 1st, 11/12 pts then knockout  China PR 0–0, 2–1
 Brunei 8–0, 5–1
 Macau 2–0, 2–0
 Japan 1–2, 0–3
Lost in semi finals of group to Japan.
Qatar 1988 Asian Cup Groups (1 group of 6, 2 groups of 5, 1 group of 4) 4th 1/8 pts  North Korea 0–1 (n)
 Syria 0–2 (n)
 Iran 0–2 (n)
   Nepal 0–0 (a)
Did not qualify.
Italy 1990 World Cup Group stages then final round 4th, 3/12pts  North Korea 1–2, 1–4
 Indonesia 1–1, 2–3
 Japan 0–0 (n), 0–0 (n)
Did not make it through first group stage of qualifying.
Japan 1992 Asian Cup Groups (2 groups of 4, 4 groups of 3) 3rd, 3/6 pts  Macau 2–2 (n)
 North Korea 0–0 (a)
 Chinese Taipei 0–0 (n)
Did not qualify.
United States 1994 World Cup Groups (4 group of 5, 2 groups of 4) then final round 4th, 5/16 pts  Bahrain 2–1 (n), 0–3 (n)
 Lebanon 2–2 (a), 1–2 (n)
 South Korea 0–3 (n), 1–4 (a)
 India 2–1 (n), 1–3 (a)
Did not qualify for final round.
United Arab Emirates 1996 Asian Cup Groups (4 groups of 4, 5 groups of 3, 1 group of 2) 2nd, 6/9 pts  China PR 0–2 (h)
 Macau 4–1 (h)
 Philippines 8–0 (h)
Needed to beat China to qualify.
France 1998 World Cup Groups (6 group of 4, 4 groups of 3) then final round 4th, 3/12 pts  South Korea 0–2, 0–4
 Thailand 3–2, 0–2
Did not qualify for final round.
Lebanon 2000 Asian Cup Groups (6 groups of 4, 3 groups of 5, 1 group of 3) 2nd, 7/12 pts  Indonesia 1–1, 1–3
 Cambodia 4–1, 1–0
Needed to beat Indonesia to qualify.
South Korea Japan 2002 World Cup Groups (9 group of 4, 1 groups of 3) then final round 4th, 4/18 pts  Qatar 0–2 (h), 0–3 (a)
 Palestine 1–1 (h), 0–1 (n)
 Malaysia 0–2 (h), 2–1 (n)
Did not qualify for final round.
China 2004 Asian Cup Preliminary (6 groups of 3, 1 group of 2)
then final stage (7 groups of 4)
1st, 4/6 pts then 4th, 4/18 pts  Laos 5–1 (h)
 Bangladesh 2–2 (h)
 Uzbekistan 1–4 (a), 0–1 (n)
 Thailand 2–1 (n), 0–4 (a)
 Tajikistan 0–0 (n), 0–1 (n)
Won their group in the Preliminary stage. Lost subsequent group stage.
Germany 2006 World Cup Preliminary round
2nd round (8 grps of 4)
Final round (4 grps of 4 then playoff)
3rd, 6/18 pts  China PR 0–1, 0–7
 Kuwait 0–2, 0–4
 Malaysia 2–0, 3–1
Did not qualify for final round.
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam
2007 Asian Cup
Groups (6 groups of 4) 3rd, 8/18 pts  Qatar 0–3, 0–2
 Uzbekistan 0–0, 2–2
 Bangladesh 2–0, 1–0
Did not qualify.
South Africa 2010 World Cup 1st and 2nd round knockout
3rd round (5 groups of 4)
Final round (2 groups of 5)
Won in 1st round
Lost in 2nd round
 Timor-Leste 3–2, 8–1
 Turkmenistan 0–0, 0–3
Did not qualify for third round of qualifying.
Qatar 2011 Asian Cup Groups (5 groups of 4) 4th, 1/18pts  Japan 0–4, 0–6
 Bahrain 1–3, 0–4
 Yemen 0–0, 0–1
Did not qualify.
Brazil 2014 World Cup 1st and 2nd round knockout
3rd round (5 groups of 4)
Final round (2 groups of 5)
Bye in 1st round
Lost in 2nd round
 Saudi Arabia 0–3, 0–5 Did not qualify for third round of qualifying.
Australia 2015 Asian Cup Groups (5 groups of 4) 3rd, 4/18 pts  United Arab Emirates 0–4, 0–4
 Uzbekistan 0–2, 0–0
 Vietnam 1–0, 1–3
Did not qualify.
Russia 2018 World Cup 1st round knockout
2nd round (8 groups of 5)
3rd round (2 groups of 6) then Final round (play-off)
Bye in 1st round
3rd, 14/24 pts in 2nd round
 China PR 0–0, 0–0
 Qatar 2–3, 0–2
 Maldives 2–0, 1–0
 Bhutan 7–0, 1–0
Did not qualify for third round of qualifying.
United Arab Emirates 2019 Asian Cup 1st round knockout
2nd round (8 groups of 5)
Play-off round
3rd round (6 groups of 4)
Bye in 1st round
3rd, 14/24 pts in 2nd round
Bye in play-off round
TBC in 3rd round
 China PR 0–0, 0–0
 Qatar 2–3, 0–2
 Maldives 2–0, 1–0
 Bhutan 7–0, 1–0
To be determined.

Regional Tournaments[edit]

East Asian Dynasty Cup 1995[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Hong Kong 1995 East Asian Dynasty Cup 1 groups of 4 teams, then Third Place Match or Final. 4th, 1/12 points in groups stage.
Won China in Third Place Match.
 Japan 3–0 (h)
 China PR 0–0 (h)
 South Korea 2–3 (h)
 China PR 1–1 (a.e.t.) 3:1 (p.s.o.) (h)
Hong Kong came 3rd in the tournament.

East Asian Dynasty Cup 1998[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Japan 1998 East Asian Dynasty Cup 1 groups of 4 teams. 4th, 0/12 points  China PR 1–0 (n)
 Japan 5–1 (a)
 South Korea 1–0 (a)

2003 East Asian Football Championship[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Hong Kong 2003 East Asian Football Championship Qualifying 1 group of 5 teams, winner goes through 1st, 12/12 points  Chinese Taipei 2–0 (h)
Macau Macau, China 3–0 (h)
 Mongolia 10–0 (h)
 Guam 11–0 (h)
Qualified for final tournament.
Japan 2003 East Asian Football Championship 1 group of 4 teams 4th, 0/9 points  South Korea 1–3 (n)
 Japan 0–1 (a)
 China PR 1–3 (n)

2005 East Asian Football Championship[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Chinese Taipei 2005 East Asian Football Championship Qualifying 1 group of 5 teams, winner goes through 2nd, 9/12 points  North Korea 0–2 (n)
 Chinese Taipei 5–0 (a)
 Mongolia 6–0 (n)
 Guam 15–0 (n)
Did not qualify for final tournament.

2008 East Asian Football Championship[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Macau 2008 East Asian Football Championship Qualifying 2 groups of 3 teams, then knockout.
Winners qualify for final tournament.
1st, 4/6 points
Lost to North Korea in knockout stage.
 Chinese Taipei 1–1 (n)
 Guam 15–1 (n)
 North Korea 0–1 (n)
Did not qualify for final tournament.

2010 East Asian Football Championship[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Chinese Taipei 2010 East Asian Football Championship Qualifying 1 group of 4 teams.
Winners qualify for final tournament.
1st, 7/9 points
 Chinese Taipei 4–0 (a)
 North Korea 0–0 (n)
 Guam 12–0 (n)
Qualified for final tournament
Japan 2010 East Asian Football Championship 1 group of 4 teams 4th, 0/9 points  South Korea 0–5 (n)
 Japan 0–3 (a)
 China PR 0–2 (n)

2013 EAFF East Asian Cup[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Hong Kong 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Preliminary Round 2 1 group of 5 teams.
Winners qualify for final tournament.
3rd, 6/12 points  Guam 2–1 (h)
 Australia 0–1 (h)
 Chinese Taipei 2–0 (h)
 North Korea 0–4 (h)
Did not qualify for final tournament.

2015 EAFF East Asian Cup[edit]

Tournament Section Placing Results Notes
Chinese Taipei 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup Preliminary Round 2 1 group of 4 teams.
Winners qualify for final tournament.
2nd, 4/9 points  North Korea 1–2 (n)
 Chinese Taipei 0–1 (n)
 Guam 0–0 (n)
Did not qualify for final tournament.

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