Kitchee SC

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Kitchee SC crest.svg
Full name Kitchee Sports Club
Nickname(s) 香港巴塞 (Hong Kong Barça)
Founded 1931; 86 years ago (1931)
Ground Mong Kok Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,769
President Ken K. Ng
Head Coach Chu Chi Kwong
League Hong Kong Premier League
2016–17 1st (champions)
Website Club home page
Current season

Kitchee Sports Club (Chinese: 傑志體育會) is a Hong Kong sports club best known for its footballing team. The football club was founded in 1931 and is currently a member of the Hong Kong Premier League, playing its home fixtures at Mongkok Stadium.

Kitchee also has the best record among Hong Kong teams against Italian opponents. They defeated A.C. Milan 2–1 on 30 May 2004[1] and beat Juventus 5–3 on penalties (2–2 after regular time) on 4 June 2005[2] in a summer friendly match played in Hong Kong.


Following its return to the First Division in 2003, Kitchee became one of the most prominent teams in Hong Kong, winning three trophies in two seasons under coach Dejan Antonic: two in (2005–2006) and one in 2006–07 season. Kitchee secured 2nd place in the league, where champions South China had already qualified for ilr AFC Cup as the Hong Kong Senior Shield winner. As a result, Kitchee became one of the two Hong Kong representatives in 2008 AFC Cup.

Since 2009, the club has been a partner of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in its Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement (IPPE) program.[3]

Kitchee were invited to take part in the 2010 Singapore Cup,[4] becoming the first Hong Kong team to take part in the tournament. The club lost to Etoile FC 4:6 over two legs in the quarter final.

In the 2010–11 Hong Kong First Division League season, under coach Josep Gombau, Kitchee won its first league title in 47 years by one point over arch rival South China AA, allowing the club to compete in both the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy, where they lost 0:4 to Chelsea FC and 0:3 to Blackburn Rovers, and in the 2012 AFC Cup.

In 2012, Kitchee Foundation submitted a successful proposal to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for a youth football training centre. The club is to receive over HK$44 million from the trust for the establishment of a centre at Shek Mun, Shatin, New Territories to be called the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre, scheduled to open in 2014. The trust will provide 90% of the costs, with the rest coming in part from the proceeds of the Kitchee vs Arsenal exhibition match.[5] Apart from serving as the training ground of Kitchee first team and Kitchee Academy, the Centre also provides facilities for the Education Bureau-approved Professional Footballer Preparatory Programme, which Kitchee jointly offers with Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School, in order to integrate football training into regular school curriculum and schedule.

In July 2012, Kitchee played an exhibition match against Arsenal FC for The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Challenge Cup, drawing 2–2 in front of a full house at the Hong Kong Stadium.[6] This was Arsenal's first time in Hong Kong for 17 years. In October 2012, Arsenal further donated HK$780,000 to Kitchee Foundation in support of the youth training centre.[7]

Kitchee played Manchester United in Hong Kong during the summer of 2013 after Kitchee Foundation received HK$8 million from the Mega Events Fund to host the match.[7][8] The game took place on 2 August 2013, Manchester United won 2–5.


Kitchee SC in 1959.
Kitchee team members celebrate winning the 2006–07 Hong Kong League Cup.

Major trophies are listed below.


Winners (2): 2014–15, 2016–17
Runners-up (1): 2015–16
Winners (6): 1947–48, 1949–50, 1963–64, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
Runners-up (7): 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012-13

Cup Competitions[edit]

Winners (6): 1949–50, 1953–54, 1959–60, 1963–64, 2005–06, 2016–17
Finalists (6): 1948–49, 1951–52, 1955–56, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2014-15
Winners (4): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17
Finalists (2): 2003–04, 2013–14
Winners (5): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
Winners (2): 2012–13, 2015–16
Winners (1): 2009

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2008: Group stage
2012: Round of 16 (lost to Arema FC 0–2 on aggregate)
2013: Quarter-finals (lost to Al-Faisaly SC 2–4 on aggregate)
2014: Semi-finals (lost to Erbil SC 2–3 on aggregate)
2015: Quarter-finals (lost to Al-Kuwait 1–7 on aggregate)
2016: Round of 16 (lost to Bengaluru FC 2-3)
2017: Play-off round

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Shirt sponsors[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 May 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 Wang Zhenpeng
2 Spain DF Fernando Recio ComíFP
3 Spain DF Dani CancelaFP
5 Hong Kong DF Hélio
6 Germany MF Zhi-Gin LamLP
7 Brazil MF FernandoFP
8 Hong Kong FW Alex Tayo Akande
10 Hong Kong MF Lam Ka Wai Vice Captain Sports.gif
11 Hong Kong FW Sandro
12 Hong Kong DF Lo Kwan Yee Captain sports.svg
16 Australia MF Jared LumLP
18 Spain FW Jorge Tarres ParamoFP
19 Hong Kong MF Huang Yang
20 Canada MF Matt LamLP
21 Hong Kong DF Tong Kin Man
22 Hong Kong MF Emmet Wan
No. Position Player
23 Hong Kong GK Guo Jianqiao
24 Hong Kong MF Ngan Cheuk Pan
27 Hong Kong GK Chan Ka Ho
28 Hong Kong FW Cheng Chin Lung
29 Hong Kong FW Hirokane Harima
31 Hong Kong DF Law Tsz Chun
32 Hungary MF Krisztián VadóczFP
33 Hong Kong FW Sham Kwok Keung
34 Israel MF Barak BraunshtainLP
35 Hong Kong MF Mark SwainstonLP
36 England FW Robert StampLP
38 South Korea DF Kim Dong-jinFP
67 England FW Sebastian Robert BuddleLP
90 South Korea DF Kim Bong-jinFP
TBC Brazil FW Lucas SilvaFP

FP These players are considered as foreign players at Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
LP These players are considered as local players at Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
NR Not registered in Hong Kong domestic football competition.

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Hong Kong FW Annan Christian Kwesi (on loan at Hong Kong Pegasus)
Hong Kong MF Ngan Lok Fung (on loan at KMB Yuen Long)
Hong Kong DF Li Ngai Hoi (on loan at Hong Kong Pegasus)


As of 11 January 2017.

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

No. Position Player
Israel GK Nir Horowitz
Israel DF Oded Perlman
Hong Kong DF Tong Hew Yeung
Serbia DF Stefan Antonic
Japan MF Hyu Hugh Matsumoto
Hong Kong MF Lee Chun Lok
No. Position Player
Hong Kong MF Au Man Lok
South Korea FW Jin Won Bong

Club officials[edit]

Kitchee Sports Club
Kitchee Foundation Limited
Kitchee (Sports Management) Limited

Senior Club Staff

Coaching Staff

Kitchee Academy

History of Head Coaches[edit]

Years Name Notes
2002–03 Hong Kong Chan Hung Ping
2003–05 Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung
Hong Kong Lam Hing Lun
Co-coaching and both coaches have played in part of the matches as a player.
July 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2007 Serbia Dejan Antonić
2007–08 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong Caretaker
May 1, 2008 – March 30, 2009 Chile Julio César Moreno
2009 Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung Caretaker
Aug 1, 2009 – April 30, 2013 Spain Josep Gombau
July 1, 2013 – Nov 14, 2013 Spain Àlex Gómez
Nov 15, 2013 – May 23, 2014 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong
Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung
May 23, 2014 – 2015 Spain José Francisco Molina
July 2015 – Mar 2016 Spain Abraham Garcia
Mar 2016 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong Caretaker
Jul 2016–present Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Division Position Senior Shield FA Cup League Cup Season Play-offs Community Cup Asia Tournament Top scorer Notes
2000–01 First Division 8 Relegated
2001–02 Second Division
2002–03 Second Division 1 Promoted
2003–04 First Division 2 Second round Runners-up Group stage
2004–05 First Division 3 Semi-finals Semi-finals Group stage
2005–06 First Division 4 Winners First round Winners Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs 15
2006–07 First Division 2 Semi-finals Semi-finals Winners Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs 13
2007–08 First Division 6 Runners-up Quarter-finals Runners-up AFC Cup Group stage Republic of Macedonia Goran Stankovski 12
2008–09 First Division 2 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Cameroon Paul Ngue 14
2009–10 First Division 3 Runners-up First round Winner Equatorial Guinea Baruc Nsue 7
2010–11 First Division 1 Quarter-finals First round Semi-finals Spain Jordi Tarrés 15 Singapore Cup Quarter-finalists
2011–12 First Division 1 1st Round Winners Winners AFC Cup Round of 16 Spain Roberto Losada 13 2011 Premier League Asia Trophy 3rd Runner-up
2012–13 First Division 2 Quarter-finals Winners Winners AFC Cup Quarter-finals Spain Jordi Tarrés 18
2013–14 First Division 1 1st Round Runners-up AFC Cup Semi-finals Spain Juan Belencoso 22
2014–15 Premier League 1 Runners-up Winners Winners Runners-up ACL


Second Qualifying Round


Spain Juan Belencoso 34
2015–16 Premier League 2 Semi-finals Quarter-finals Winners Winners Runners-up ACL


Second Qualifying Round

Round of 16

Spain Rufino Segovia del Burgo 17
2016–17 Premier League 1 Winners Winners Runners-up ACL Play-off round Hong Kong Sandro 25 Lunar New Year Cup Runners-up
2017–18 Premier League ACL Group-Stage


  1. ^ "AC Milan humiliated by Hong Kong side in exhibition play". AFP. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 31 May 2005. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Juventus draw 2–2, lose on penalties in exhibition against Hong Kong side". AFP. 4 June 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2005. [dead link]
  3. ^ Injury prevention and performance enhancement intervention in soccer Archived 28 March 2012 on Wayback Machine. Sports Performance and Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  4. ^ Kitchee set for Singapore Cup RTHK news 30 April 2010 Archived 4 March 2016 on Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Tour: Kitchee 2 – 2 Arsenal". 29 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Chan Kin Wa (17 October 2012). "Arsenal: 'We've promised fans a China rematch'". South China Morning Post. 
  8. ^ Chan Kin Wa (9 October 2012). "Manchester United-Kitchee match confirmed". South China Morning Post. 

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