Kitchee SC

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Kitchee SC crest.svg
Full nameKitchee Sports Club
Nickname(s)香港巴塞 (Barça of Hong Kong), The Bluewaves
Founded1931; 88 years ago (1931)
GroundMong Kok Stadium
PresidentKen Ng
Head CoachBlaž Slišković
LeagueHong Kong Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kitchee Sports Club (Chinese: 傑志體育會; Jyutping: Git6zi3 Tai2juk6wui2; [kìːt̚ tsīː tʰɐ̌i jòk̚ wǔːy]; pinyin: Jiézhì tǐyù huì) is a Hong Kong football team based in Kowloon. It was founded in 1931 and currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League. The Club has dominated football in Hong Kong in recent years. Since 2010, Kitchee has won the League titles six times in the last 8 years, while coming 2nd in the remaining 2 years. In the last 5 years, Kitchee won slightly more than 50% of all possible trophies being competed in Hong Kong. The club has won the Hong Kong Premier League three times in the League's 4-year history, the Hong Kong First Division six times, and the Hong Kong FA Cup four times in their history.


Kitchee squad in Macau ahead of a charity exhibition match in 1959.
Kitchee team members celebrate winning the 2006–07 Hong Kong League Cup.


In the late 1920s, a group of Hong Kongers formed a football team in order to compete in the Hong Kong Third Division. It was not until 1931, however, that the team was established as Kitchee Sports Club.[1]

Kitchee was founded as a grassroots organization, as such, they lacked the funding to pay the administrative and facilities costs necessary to become a multi sports club. It was not until 1934 when the club were able to raise the money to rent an office at 130 Johnston Road in Wan Chai, that they were admitted as members of the Hong Kong Football Association.[2]

World War II[edit]

In 1939, Japanese bombs accidentally hit Hong Kong during the Second Sino-Japanese War.[3] The club's records during this time were destroyed during the bombing.

As the Pacific War began, Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on 25 December 1941, therefore the club's operations were suspended during the three-year, eight-month Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.

After the Japanese surrender of Hong Kong in August 1945, former members of Kitchee returned to the club. They resolved to help revitalize the Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation of Hong Kong and establish the Chinese Football Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Chinese Football Referees’ Association and the Hong Kong Chinese Footballer's Fraternity.[4]

Post War to 1964[edit]

Following the war, Kitchee were admitted into the 1947–48 Hong Kong First Division League where they won the league title, the club's first major trophy. Between 1947 and 1964, the club won three Hong Kong First Division titles, one Second Division title, four Hong Kong Senior Shield's and one Hong Kong Junior Shield.

During this period, Kitchee discovered Hong Kong football legends Yiu Cheuk Yin and Lam Sheung Yee. Yiu led the club to its first two First Division titles and later became known as the "Treasure of Hong Kong Football."[5] Lam spent a total 14 years at Kitchee, split between two spells, and was a part of every Kitchee squad which won a trophy between 1948 and 1964.[6]

1965 to 2003[edit]

In 1965–66, Kitchee won only one game while drawing four others in the season, finishing second bottom of the table. The club were relegated after a 17-year spell in the top flight. In the subsequent season, Kitchee slid into the Third Division for the first time in three decades.

In the late 1980s, Law Ding Chun was hired as the new chairman of Kitchee. Law moved quickly to modernize the operations of Kitchee, buying insurance for all of his players in order to provide them with peace of mind in the event of an injury. His changes worked as Kitchee were soon promoted back to the Second Division.

In 1991–92, Kitchee won the Second Division title, returning to the top flight for the first time in 26 years. The squad during this period featured many future Hong Kong internationals including Yau Kin Wai, Chung Ho Yin, Yeung Hei Chi, Yeung Ching Kwong, Dale Tempest, as well as former England international Mark Barham. Kitchee spent three seasons in the top flight before they were relegated along with Kui Tan at the end of the 1994–95 season.

During the 1998–99 season, Kitchee won promotion back to the First Division as well as the Hong Kong Junior Shield. The following year, the squad were led by a backbone of young local players such as Lee Wai Lun, Man Pei Tak and Ng Wai Chiu. However, these were soon poached by bigger clubs and due to inadequate replacements, the performance of the team suffered and Kitchee were once again relegated at the conclusion of the 2000–01 season.

Ahead of the 2002–03 season, former Hong Kong national team manager Chan Hung Ping was hired as Kitchee's manager. He led the team to the Second Division title in his one and only season as manager.

A new golden age[edit]

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. The club secured 2nd place in the league, along with league champions South China who had already qualified for the AFC Cup as the Hong Kong Senior Shield winners. As a result, Kitchee became one of two Hong Kong representatives in the 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.[7]

Kitchee were invited to take part in the 2010 Singapore Cup,[8] 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 season, under coach Josep Gombau, Kitchee won its first league title in 47 years by one point over arch rival South China, allowing the club to compete in both the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy, where they lost 0:4 to Chelsea and 0:3 to Blackburn Rovers, and in the 2012 AFC Cup.

Between 2011–14, Kitchee players combined to win the Footballer of the Year award for four straight years. The recipients of this award were Roberto Losada in 2011, Lo Kwan Yee in 2012, Huang Yang in 2013 and Fernando Recio in 2014.

In 2012, Kitchee Foundation submitted a successful proposal to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for a youth football training centre. The club received over HK$44 million from the trust for the establishment of a training ground at Shek Mun, Shatin, New Territories. The Jockey Club Kitchee Centre, as it was later called, opened in 2014. The trust provided 90% of the funding, with the rest coming in part from the proceeds of a Kitchee vs Arsenal exhibition match where they drew 2–2.[9] 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 October 2012, Arsenal donated HK$780,000 to Kitchee Foundation in support of the youth training centre.[10]

The club won the 2013–14 First Division title. The following season, Kitchee won the inaugural Hong Kong Premier League, the 2014–15 HKFA Cup and the 2014–15 League Cup, completing the treble for the second time.

In 2016–17, Kitchee completed a treble for the third time, capturing the 2016–17 Senior Shield, the 2016–17 Hong Kong FA Cup and the 2016-17 Hong Kong Premier League title.[11] The club promoted long time assistant coach Chu Chi Kwong to Head Coach and Director of Football. Brazilian attacking midfielder Fernando won the 2017 Footballer of the Year award while striker Sandro won the Golden Boot.

During the 2017 AFC Champions League qualifiers, Kitchee won against Vietnam's Hà Nội 3–2 but lost in the playoff rounds to Ulsan Hyundai in penalties.

Kitchee directly qualified 2018 AFC Champions League group stage through their HKPL title. The join of Diego Forlán in January 2018 also boost the awareness among Hong Kong. Despite being currently at the bottom of the table, they managed to achieve a 1–0 win over Kashiwa Reysol, making them the first ever team from Hong Kong to win a game in the history of the AFC Champions League group stage. Domestically, Kitchee won the 2017–18 Hong Kong Premier League, 2017–18 Hong Kong FA Cup and the 2017–18 Hong Kong Sapling Cup, completing a treble for the second consecutive season and the fourth in club history.

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 July 2019

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
3 Hong Kong DF Dani Cancela
4 Hong Kong DF Li Ngai Hoi
5 Hong Kong DF Hélio
7 Brazil MF Fernando FP
8 Hong Kong FW Matthew Elliot Orr
9 Brazil FW Lucas Silva FP
10 Brazil MF Cleiton FP
11 Brazil FW Souza FP
15 Hong Kong DF Brian Fok
16 Australia MF Jared Lum LP
17 Hong Kong GK Wong Tsz Chung
19 Hong Kong MF Huang Yang (captain)
21 Hong Kong DF Tong Kin Man
No. Position Player
22 France MF Clement Benhaddouche LP
23 Hong Kong GK Guo Jianqiao
24 Hong Kong MF Ju Yingzhi
27 Hong Kong FW Yu Yang
28 Hong Kong FW Cheng Chin Lung
31 Hong Kong DF Law Tsz Chun
32 Hungary MF Krisztián Vadócz FP
34 Israel MF Barak Braunshtain LP
35 Philippines MF Mark Swainston LP
44 Hong Kong FW Yuto Nakamura
67 Hong Kong MF Seb Buddle
95 Hong Kong MF Chan Shinichi
99 Spain FW Manuel Bleda FP

LP These players are considered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
FP These players are registered as foreign players.
CP These players are registered as Chinese players.
AP These players are registered as Asia players.

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
Brazil GK Paulo César (on loan at Hong Kong -)
Hong Kong GK Chan Ka Ho (on loan at Hong Kong -)
Hong Kong MF Ho Chun Ting (on loan at Hong Kong -)

Club culture[edit]


Kitchee's supporter group is known as "Ultras Bluewave". The group was formed in 2015, as is active at home and away matches in both the Hong Kong Premier League, and in continental competition.



Gold medal icon.svg Champions (9): 1947–48, 1949–50, 1963–64, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18
Silver medal icon.svg Runners-up (8): 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2015–16
Gold medal icon.svg Champions (3): 1950–51, 1991–92, 2002–03
Gold medal icon.svg Champions (1): 1997–98

Cup competitions[edit]

Cup Winner.png Champions (7): 1949–50, 1953–54, 1959–60, 1963–64, 2005–06, 2016–17, 2018–19
Cup Finalist.png Runners-up (6): 1948–49, 1951–52, 1955–56, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2014–15
Cup Winner.png Champions (6): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Cup Finalist.png Runners-up (2): 2003–04, 2013–14
Cup Winner.png Champions (5): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
Cup Winner.png Champions (1): 2017–18
  • Hong Kong Community Cup
Cup Winner.png Champions (2): 2017, 2018
Cup Winner.png Champions (1): 2009

Continental record[edit]

Win Draw Loss
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2008 AFC Cup Group E Singapore Singapore Armed Forces 0–2 4–0 3rd
Maldives New Radiant 2–0 2–1
Malaysia Perak 2–2 2–1
2012 AFC Cup Group F Singapore Tampines Rovers 3–1 0–0 1st
Malaysia Terengganu 2–2 0–2
Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An 2–0 1–0
Round of 16 Indonesia Arema 0–2
2013 AFC Cup Group E India Churchill Brothers 3–0 0–4 2nd
Singapore Warriors 5–0 2–4
Indonesia Semen Padang 1–2 3–1
Round of 16 Malaysia Kelantan 0–2
Quarter-finals Jordan Al-Faisaly 1–2 2–1 2–4
2014 AFC Cup Group H Singapore Tampines Rovers 4–0 0–5 1st
India Pune 2–2 2–0
Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw 2–0 1–2
Round of 16 Indonesia Arema Cronus 2–0
Quarter-finals Vietnam Vissai Ninh Bình 0–1 2–4 4–3
Semi-finals Iraq Erbil 1–2 1–1 2–3
2015 AFC Cup Group F Singapore Balestier Khalsa 3–0 1–2 2nd
India East Bengal 2–2 1–1
Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2–0 2–0
Round of 16 Indonesia Persib Bandung 0–2
Quarter-finals Kuwait Al-Kuwait 1–1 6–0 1–7
2016 AFC Cup Group F Philippines Kaya FC 1–0 0–1 1st
Singapore Balestier Khalsa 4–0 1–0
Maldives New Radiant 0–0 0–2
Round of 16 India Bengaluru FC 2–3
2017 AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 2 Vietnam Hà Nội 3–2 (aet)
Play-off Round South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1–1 (4–3 p)
2018 AFC Champions League Group E China Tianjin Quanjin 0–1 3–0 4th
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–6 3–0
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 1–0 1–0
2019 AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 2 Malaysia Perak 1–1 (6–5 p)
2019 AFC Cup East Asia Zone Group I Hong Kong Wofoo Tai Po 2-4 3-3 2nd
North Korea April 25 SC 1-0 2-0
Taiwan Hang Yuen FC 3-0 1–2

Invitational tournament record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2010 Singapore Cup Preliminary Round China Beijing Guoan Talent 1 – 2 (aet)
Quarter-finals France Etoile FC 4–4 2–0 4–6

Club officials[edit]

Club Senior staff[edit]

Position Name
President Hong Kong Ken K. Ng
General manager Australia Wilson Ng
Public Relations Manager Canada Ng Yee Yun
Director of Marketing Hong Kong Lo Shuk Ting
Director of Football Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong
Competition Manager Hong Kong Chiu Yun Shing
Customer Service Manager Hong Kong Cheng Ching Yu

Club Coach staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Blaž Slišković
Assistant Coach (Attack) Hong Kong Roberto Losada
Assistant Coach (Defence) South Korea Kim Dong-jin
Goalkeeping Coach Spain Roberto Sambade Carreira
Director of Youth Development Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong
Head of Performance South Korea Bae Ji-won
Head of Recovery & Regeneration Catalonia Pau MP
Trainer & Youth Team Coach South Korea Yoon Dong-hun
Club Physiotherapist Hong Kong Ngai Chi Wing, Gorman
Team Assistant Hong Kong Lee Wing Po
Reserve Team Coach Hong Kong Chu Chi KwongHong Kong Roberto LosadaSouth Korea Bae Ji-won
U18 Team Coach Hong Kong Chu Chi KwongHong Kong Roberto LosadaSouth Korea Bae Ji-won
U16 Team Coach South Korea Yoon Dong-hun
U15 Team Coach South Korea Kim Dong-jin
U14 Team Coach Hong Kong Gao Wen
U13 Team Coach Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong
U12 Team Coach South Korea Yoon Dong-hun
U11 Team Coach Hong Kong Tong Kin Man
Club Doctor Hong Kong Dr. Yung Shu Hang
Kitchee Academy Director Hong Kong Roberto Losada
Kitchee Academy Coach Hong Kong Gao WenHong Kong Tim Bredbury
Professional Footballer Preparatory Programme Coach Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong

Basic Information[edit]

Item Name
Training Ground Hong Kong Jockey Club Kitchee Centre
Official Mascot Kit Jai (A Little Blue Bird)
Official Club Song We Are Kitchee!
Unofficial Supporters Group ULTRAS BLUEWAVE
Youth Football Training Academy Hong Kong Kitchee Soccer Academy powered by Spain DV7 Soccer Academy
Professional Footballer Preparatory Programme Partnership Hong Kong Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School
Home Stadium for Hong Kong Premier League and AFC Cup Hong Kong Mong Kok Stadium
Home Stadium for AFC Champions League Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium

History of Head Coaches[edit]

Years Name Notes
2002–2003 Hong Kong Chan Hung Ping
2003–2005 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
2007–2008 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 Caretaker
May 23, 2014 – 2015 Spain José Francisco Molina
July 2015 – Mar 2016 Spain Abraham Garcia
Mar 2016 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong Caretaker
July 2016 – July 2019 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong
July 3, 2019 – present Bosnia and Herzegovina Blaž Slišković

Notable seasons[edit]

Season League League Position Senior Shield FA Cup League Cup Season Play-offs Community Cup Asia Tournament Top scorer Notes
First Division Champion
First Division Champion Champion Double Champions
Second Division Champion
Second Division Junior Shield Champion
First Division Champion
First Division Champion
First Division Champion Champion Double Champions
Second Division Champion Promoted
Third Division Champion Promoted
Second Division Junior Shield Champion
First Division 8 Relegated
Second Division Champion Promoted
First Division Runners-up Second round Runners-up Group stage
First Division 3 Semi-finals Semi-finals Group stage
First Division 4 Champion First round Champion Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs 15 Double Champions
First Division Runners-up Semi-finals Semi-finals Champion Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs 13
First Division 6 Runners-up Quarter-finals Runners-up AFC Cup Group stage North Macedonia Goran Stankovski 12
First Division Runners-up Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Cameroon Paul Ngue 14
First Division 3 Runners-up First round Champion Equatorial Guinea Baruc Nsue 7
First Division Champion Quarter-finals First round Semi-finals Singapore Cup Quarter-finalists 2011 HKFC International Soccer Sevens Main Tournament Champion Spain Jordi Tarrés 15 Double Champions
First Division Champion 1st round Champion Champion AFC Cup Round of 16 Spain Roberto Losada 13 Treble Champions
First Division Runners-up Quarter-finals Champion Champion AFC Cup Quarter-finals Spain Jordi Tarrés 18 Double Champions
First Division Champion 1st round Runners-up AFC Cup Semi-finals Spain Juan Belencoso 22
Premier League Champion Runners-up Champion Champion Runners-up ACL


Pre. round 2


Spain Juan Belencoso 34 Treble Champions
Premier League Runners-up Semi-finals Quarter-finals Champion Champion Runners-up ACL


Pre. round 2

Round of 16

Spain Rufino Segovia 17 Double Champions
Premier League Champion Champion Champion Runners-up ACL Play-off round Hong Kong Sandro 25 Treble Champions
Season League League Position FA Cup Senior Challenge Shield Sapling Cup Community Cup Women's League Women League
FA Cup
Asia Tournament Top scorer Notes
Premier League Champion Champion Semi-finals Champion Champion Champion 3 2018 ACL
Brazil Lucas Silva, Hong Kong Sandro 16 Five Champions
Premier League 4 Champion Champion Group
Champion 3 Champion 2019 AFC Cup East
Asia Zone Group Stage
Brazil Lucas Silva 18 Quadruple Champions
Premier League 2020 AFC Cup East
Asia Zone
Play-off round

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Kit sponsor
2003–2004 Umbro Xplore
2004–2008 Mizuno Canon
2008–2013 Nike
2013–2018 Jockey Club Kitchee Centre
2018–2020 edps Systems Ltd.

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 2 July 2019 [12]
Current Rank Country Club Points
61 Hong Kong Kitchee SC 27.75


  1. ^ a b Upon its formation in 2014, Hong Kong Premier League became the top tier of Hong Kong football; the First and Second Divisions then became the second and third tiers, respectively.


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