R&F (Hong Kong)

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R&F
R&F HK badge.png
Full nameR&F (Hong Kong) Soccer Limited
富力(香港)足球有限公司
Founded2016
GroundYanzigang Stadium, Guangzhou
ChairmanHuang Shenghua (黄盛华)
ManagerYeung Ching Kwong
LeagueHong Kong Premier League
2017–187th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

R&F (Hong Kong) Soccer Limited (Chinese: 富力(香港)足球有限公司), commonly known as R&F (Chinese: 富力R&F), is an association football team based in Guangzhou, China, which currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League. It is owned by Chinese property developers R&F Properties as a satellite team of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F.

The club's name "R&F" is short for "Rich" (富) and "Force" (力).

History[edit]

R&F FC was founded and registered at Hong Kong Football Association in the summer of 2016. As a satellite team of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F, most of its players are from the Guangzhou R&F Reserves. On 1 August 2016, they were accepted to play in the Hong Kong Premier League with following conditions: (1) Signing at least eight Hong Kong players. (2) Using at least three Hong Kong players in a match. (3) Sponsoring a cup competition with a fee of $1 million.[1] The club finished their inaugural season in 10th place with 3 wins, 1 draw and 16 defeats in the 2016–17 Hong Kong Premier League, which secured their position in the top flight for the next season. In June 2017, R&F was allowed to move their home matches to Yanzigang Stadium in Guangzhou. They were permitted to register three foreigners for the 2017–18 Hong Kong Premier League season.[2] R&F signed Brazilian Giovane from Eastern as well as four naturalized Hong Kong players Vas Núñez, Roberto, Itaparica and Godfred Karikari in their squad, hoping to be a more competitive team.[3] After another disappointing season, R&F abandoned the initial goal of training Guangzhou R&F's reserve players in the 2018–19 season, and Hong Kong players mainly comprised the team squad. Huang Shenghua, chairman of R&F, claimed that the club's goal was to win at least one trophy in the season and applied for the full member of Hong Kong FA to attend the AFC clubs' competition two years later.[4]

First team squad[edit]

As of 5 October 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 China GK Ji Xiangzheng
3 Hong Kong DF Lin Junsheng
4 Hong Kong MF Bai He
5 Hong Kong DF Vas Núñez
6 China MF Hou Junjie
7 Germany MF Zhi-Gin Lam LP
8 China MF Wu Weian
10 Hong Kong MF Itaparica
11 Hong Kong FW Lo Kong Wai
12 Hong Kong DF Lo Kwan Yee
13 China GK Zhou Yuchen
14 China MF Ning An
15 Hong Kong DF Roberto (Captain)
16 Hong Kong MF Tan Chun Lok
17 Hong Kong FW Paulinho
No. Position Player
21 China DF Liang Yongfeng
22 Hong Kong FW Giovane
24 Hong Kong DF Leung Nok Hang
25 Brazil FW Tiago Leonço FP
30 Republic of Ireland MF Sean Tse LP
32 Hong Kong FW Yuen Chun Sing
33 China MF Wang Xinhui
35 Hong Kong FW Godfred Karikari
60 Croatia DF Saša Novaković FP
77 Hong Kong MF Mak Fu Shing
88 Hong Kong DF Li Cheuk Hon
97 China MF Chen Fuhai
98 China GK Chen Zirong
99 Hong Kong MF Tsang Tung Ming
Ivory Coast MF Serges Déblé FP

Remarks:
LP These players are considered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Reserve team squad[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 Chu Chun Yu
Hong Kong Cheng Ho Long
Hong Kong Chan Lik Hang
Hong Kong FW Wong Kai Yiu
Hong Kong Wong Lam Fung
Hong Kong Wong Wing Hong
Hong Kong Li Hong Chun
Hong Kong Cheung Ka Hei Kenny
Hong Kong Cheung Ho Kok
Hong Kong Pang Yam Pung
Hong Kong Lam Kyle
Hong Kong Tang Tsz Kit
Hong Kong Hui Chak Long
No. Position Player
Hong Kong Hui Chak Wai
Hong Kong Kwok Ching Ryan
Hong Kong Ling Lok Yin Ian
Hong Kong Cheung Chun Yiu
Hong Kong Lam Chi Hong
Hong Kong Ng Wai Lok
Hong Kong Leung Lok Chun
Hong Kong Leung Chun Kwok Walton
Hong Kong Lo Ka Him
Hong Kong GK Law King Hei
Hong Kong Hui Cheuk Lun
Hong Kong Leung Siu Tung

Team staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Hong Kong Yeung Ching Kwong
Team leader China Wu Weian
Assistant coach
Assistant coach Croatia Mirko Renic
Goalkeeping coach Scotland Andy McNeil
Team physician China Liu Yihao
Physiotherapist China Liu Zhixing

Results[edit]

All-time league rankings[edit]

As of 13 May 2018[5]
Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Senior Challenge Shield Sapling Cup Att./G Stadium
2016–17 1 20 3 1 16 13 53 -40 10 10 R1 R1 R2 207 Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground
2017–18 1 18 7 1 10 27 35 -8 22 7 R1 R1 Group stage 797 Yanzigang Stadium

Managerial history[edit]

As of 2 September 2018
# Name Period Pld W D L GF GA GD Win% Honours
1 China Li Zhihai July 2016 – May 2017 23 3 1 19 14 62 −48 013.04
2 Poland Marek Zając June 2017 – 12 March 2018 18 6 1 11 22 36 −14 033.33
3 United States Bito Wu 12 March 2018 – 3 June 2018 6 2 0 4 11 13 −2 033.33
4 Hong Kong Yeung Ching Kwong 14 June 2018 – 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 000.00

Past and present internationals[edit]

Names in bold indicate players who had international appearances for their countries while playing for R&F.[6]

 China PR

 Hong Kong

References[edit]

  1. ^ "港超聯 足總董事會拍板 東方無緣亞洲賽". hk.on.cc. Oriental Press Group Limited. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ "富力将战港超预备队联赛". Netease. Guangzhou News. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ "R&F富力 重装出征港超". Netease. Nanfang News. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  4. ^ "富力R&F:"争取两年后参加亚冠"". Information Times. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^ "R&F FC (HONG KONG) Statistics". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "R&F FC". national-football-teams.com.

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