Hong Kong national football team

Hong Kong
Nickname(s) The Dragons (蛟龍)
The Strength (勁揪)
Association Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA)
香港足球總會
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Head coach TBC
Captain Yapp Hung Fai
Most caps Lee Chi Ho (70)
Top scorer Chan Siu Ki (37)
Home stadium Hong Kong Stadium (40,000)
Mong Kok Stadium (6,769)
FIFA code HKG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 142 (16 August 2018)
Highest 90 (February 1996)
Lowest 172 (November 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 169 (16 August 2018)
Highest 58 (February 1948)
Lowest 169 (August 2018)
First international
FIFA International
 South Korea 3–3 Hong Kong 
(Manila, Philippines; 2 May 1954)[1]
Biggest win
 Hong Kong 15–0 Guam 
(Taipei, Taiwan; 7 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 7–0 Hong Kong 
(Guangzhou, China; 17 November 2004)
 Hong Kong 0–7 Paraguay 
(Hong Kong; 17 November 2010)
 Hong Kong 0–7 Argentina 
(Hong Kong; 14 October 2014)
Asian Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1956)
Best result Third place, 1956
Hong Kong national football team
Traditional Chinese 香港足球代表隊
Simplified Chinese 香港足球代表队

The Hong Kong national football team (Chinese: 香港足球代表隊) represents Hong Kong in international association football competitions such as the FIFA World Cup, AFC Asian Cup and East Asian Football Championship. The team is represented and supervised by the Hong Kong Football Association, the governing body for football in Hong Kong.

The team had been representing Hong Kong in international football events before 1997 when Hong Kong was a colony of the United Kingdom. It continues to represent Hong Kong even after Hong Kong was handed over to the People's Republic of China by the United Kingdom and became a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China in 1997. This team is a separate team from the national team of the People's Republic of China, as the Basic Law and the principle of "One country, two systems" allows Hong Kong to maintain its own representative teams in international sports competitions.

History

Establishment and Pre-WWII era

Before Hong Kong became a member of FIFA in 1954, Hong Kong started to play Hong Kong–Macau Interport tournament in 1937,[2] which was one of the oldest competition that co-held by Hong Kong as well as still continuously to play. There were other interport tournaments in the past, such as Shanghai-Hong Kong Interport which was first held in 1908.[3] At that time the team was composed of ethnic Chinese as well as western expatriates, such as the 1935 and 1937 edition of Shanghai-Hong Kong Interport.[4][5] There was another Interport tournament against Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City).[6] The aforementioned Macau, Shanghai and Saigon were not a member of FIFA nor a sovereign nation at that time, which only Hong Kong and Macau had joined FIFA in 1954 and 1978 respectively. The China national football team that participated in 1936 and 1948 Summer Olympics, were mainly composed of ethnic Chinese players from Hong Kong, most famously Lee Wai Tong.[7][8]

After the WWII, number of Shanghai-based players started to represent Hong Kong, such as Chang King Hai and Hsu King Shing.

Hong Kong played its first international match after World War II in 1949, against South Korea. Its first victory came in 1953, a 4–0 win against South Korea.

FIFA member (1954–)

Hong Kong FA became a member of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation since 1954. Since then Hong Kong played their first FIFA-recognized international match against other countries.

Hong Kong qualified for three of the first four editions of the Asian Cup, including a third-place finish in the 1956 edition as host. At that time, most Hong Kong players represented Republic of China (Taiwan), they finished third in the Asian Cup in the 1960 edition, leaving more inferior players to the proper Hong Kong team.[9] The Republic of China team also won the Football at the 1954 Asian Games and Football at the 1958 Asian Games.

Hong Kong has never qualified for the World Cup. However, its most celebrated victory happened during 1986 World Cup qualifying. On 19 May 1985, in Beijing, Hong Kong faced China in the final match of the first qualifying round, where Hong Kong needed a win to advance while China needed only a draw. Hong Kong, led by coach Kwok Ka Ming, produced a 2–1 upset win, with goals from Cheung Chi Tak and Ku Kam Fai, thereby winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage, where it subsequently lost to Japan.

The year 2009 could be a turning point in the diminishing football standards of Hong Kong. On 12 December, Hong Kong defeated Japan and took their first East Asian Games football gold medal in the first major competition Hong Kong football team have won. This unexpected and surprising result, raised the belief that the Hong Kong football team could perform for football lovers in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong football team also won the 2010 Long Teng Cup and 2011 Long Teng Cup.

A short football fever had appeared during 2018 World Cup qualifying in Hong Kong, as Hong Kong had drawn into the same group with their fierce rival, China. Due to the tension built by Hong Kong–Mainland China conflict, many local citizens concerned about this year's campaign, all four home matches were recorded as a sellout. With the help of some key players like Yapp Hung Fai, Festus Baise, Godfred Karikari, Hong Kong ended the campaign with 4 victories against Bhutan and Maldives, 2 scoreless drawn against China, and 2 lost against Qatar. Qatar and China occupied the top two position of the group and qualified for the next round.

Stadium

For a long time, Hong Kong played their home major matches at the Hong Kong Stadium, as well as its predecessor Government Stadium, where they are also hosting an annual international tournament known as the Lunar New Year Cup as part of the festivities to usher in the Chinese New Year.

For some of the friendly matches and the minor qualification matches, the Hong Kong team most often play at Mong Kok Stadium in Mong Kok and occasionally play at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground in Siu Sai Wan.

In recent years, Hong Kong plays most of home matches at Mong Kok Stadium, including FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualification matches.

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach TBC
Assistant Coach TBC
Assistant Coach Anílton da Conceição
Goalkeeping Coach Fan Chun Yip
Specialist Conditioning Coach Mathew Pears
Elite Development Coach Yusuke Adachi
Elite Development Coach Carlos Anton Cuesta
Physiotherapist Wong Wai Lung

Records

Players in bold are still active at international level.

Most capped

Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Player Chinese Name Career Position Caps Goals
1Lee Chi Ho李志豪2000–DF700
2Lee Wai Man李偉文1993–2006DF682
3Chan Siu Ki陳肇麒2004–FW6737
4Chan Wai Ho陳偉豪2000–2017DF656
5Yapp Hung Fai葉鴻輝2010–GK630
6Poon Yiu Cheuk潘耀焯1998–2010DF624
7Cheung Sai Ho蔣世豪1995–2007MF568
8Lo Kwan Yee盧均宜2007–DF539
9Wu Kwok Hung胡國雄1971–1986MF5210
9Leung Chun Pong梁振邦2006–MF521
11Lam Ka Wai林嘉緯2005–MF518
12Chan Fat Chi陳發枝1977–1989MF507
12Au Wai Lun歐偉倫1989–2005FW5026
14Cheung Chi Tak張志德1981–1997DF481
14Lee Kin Wo李健和1987–2003FW4811
16Kwok Ka Ming郭家明1968–1979FW4712
17Tsang Ting Fai曾廷輝1973–1980DF460
17Leung Sui Wing梁帥榮1980–1989DF461
17Jaimes McKee麥基2012–FW4610
20Chung Chor Wai鍾楚維1971–1979FW4516
20Ku Kam Fai顧錦輝1983–1998DF455
20Szeto Man Chun司徒文俊2000–2007DF451
20Chu Siu Kei朱兆基1998–2013MF454
24Huang Yang黃洋2012–MF431
25Fan Chun Yip范俊業1998–2008GK400
25Cheung Kin Fung張健峰2006–DF400

Top Goalscorers

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked with the highest to lowest goals per game ratio.

# Player Chinese Name Career Position Goals^ Caps Average
1Chan Siu Ki陳肇麒2004–FW37670.5522
2Au Wai Lun歐偉倫1989–2005FW26500.52
3Lau Wing Yip劉榮業1971–1986FW24390.6154
4Wan Chi Keung尹志強1976–1986FW18320.5625
5Chung Chor Wai鍾楚維1971–1979FW16450.3556
6Ho Cheng Yau何祥友1956–1968FW14340.4118
6Tim Bredbury巴貝利1986–1999FW14340.4118
8Li Kwok Keung李國強1964–1972FW13340.3824
9Yu Kwok Kit余國傑1973–1977FW12130.9231
9Kwok Ka Ming郭家明1968–1979FW12470.2553
11Lau Chi Lam劉志霖1956–1964MF11220.5
11Lau Kai Chiu劉繼照1954–1964FW11280.3929
11Lee Kin Wo李健和1987–2003FW11480.2992
14Jaimes McKee麥基2012–FW10460.2174
14Wu Kwok Hung胡國雄1971–1986MF10520.1923

^ = Minimum 10 Goals

Recent results and fixtures

  • Only record the result that affect the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
  • The FIFA Ranking Points showing below is just show as the reference for the points that Hong Kong gain at that time, does not show the affecting of weight.

2017

2018


  Win   Draw   Loss

Players

Current squad

The following players have been selected to the final squad for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying round - Third Round match against North Korea on 27 March 2018.

Caps and goals as of 27 March 2018, after the match against North Korea.
Players shown below are listed descendingly on their position, caps, goals and age.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yapp Hung Fai (Captain) (1990-03-21) 21 March 1990 63 0 Eastern
19 1GK Wang Zhenpeng (1984-05-05) 5 May 1984 4 0 Kitchee
18 1GK Chan Ka Ho (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 0 0 Yuen Long

14 2DF Jack Sealy (1987-05-04) 4 May 1987 23 0 Pegasus
4 2DF Hélio (1986-01-13) 13 January 1986 17 0 Kitchee
6 2DF Roberto (1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 16 0 R&F
5 2DF Chak Ting Fung (1989-11-27) 27 November 1989 12 0 Tai Po
12 2DF Andy Russell (1987-11-21) 21 November 1987 9 0 Liaoning Whowin
3 2DF Dani Cancela (1981-09-23) 23 September 1981 5 0 Kitchee
13 2DF Wong Tsz Ho (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 3 0 Eastern
2 2DF Tsui Wang Kit (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 3 0 Meizhou Hakka
21 2DF Tong Kin Man (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 1 0 Kitchee
15 2DF Lau Hok Ming (1995-10-19) 19 October 1995 0 0 Southern

16 3MF Leung Chun Pong (1986-10-01) 1 October 1986 52 1 Eastern
10 3MF Lam Ka Wai (1985-06-05) 5 June 1985 51 8 Eastern
8 3MF Xu Deshuai (1987-07-13) 13 July 1987 34 4 Eastern
23 3MF Ju Yingzhi (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 27 4 Kitchee
11 3MF Wong Wai (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 16 1 Tai Po

22 4FW Jaimes McKee (1987-04-14) 14 April 1987 46 10 Eastern
7 4FW Alex Akande (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 17 9 Yanbian Fude
20 4FW Jordi Tarrés (1981-03-16) 16 March 1981 5 2 Kitchee
9 4FW Paulinho (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 4 1 R&F

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yuen Ho Chun (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 0 0 Pegasus v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
GK Tse Ka Wing (1999-09-04) 4 September 1999 0 0 Dreams FC 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
GK Luk Ping Chung (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 0 0 Hoi King 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup PRE
GK Tse Tak Him (1985-02-10) 10 February 1985 9 0 Southern v.  Lebanon, 14 November 2017 PRE
GK Tsang Man Fai (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 0 0 Tai Po v.  Malaysia, 10 October 2017 PRE

DF Festus Baise (1980-04-11) 11 April 1980 22 0 Guizhou Zhicheng v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 INJ
DF Fernando Recio (1982-12-17) 17 December 1982 4 0 Kitchee v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
DF Fong Pak Lun (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 3 0 Lee Man v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
DF Cheung Chi Yung (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 0 0 Pegasus v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
DF Li Ngai Hoi (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 4 0 Kitchee 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
DF Leung Kwun Chung (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 1 0 Tai Po 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
DF Tse Long Hin (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 0 0 Eastern 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
DF Leung Nok Hang (1994-11-14) 14 November 1994 0 0 R&F 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup PRE
DF Law Tsz Chun (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 0 0 Kitchee 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup PRE
DF Lam Hin Ting (1999-12-09) 9 December 1999 0 0 Dreams FC 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup PRE
DF Lee Chi Ho (1982-11-16) 16 November 1982 70 0 Happy Valley v.  Lebanon, 14 November 2017 PRE
DF Law Chun Ting (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 0 0 Yuen Long v.  Lebanon, 14 November 2017 PRE
DF Tsang Kam To (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 1 0 Eastern v.  Malaysia, 10 October 2017 PRE
DF Kilama (1985-10-13) 13 October 1985 15 0 Pegasus v.  Malaysia, 5 September 2017
DF Lo Kwan Yee (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 53 9 R&F v.  Malaysia, 5 September 2017 PRE
DF Cheung Kin Fung (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 40 0 Eastern v.  Malaysia, 5 September 2017 PRE
DF Cheng King Ho (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 11 0 Eastern v.  Malaysia, 5 September 2017 PRE

MF Wu Chun Ming (1997-11-21) 21 November 1997 1 0 Pegasus v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
MF Michael Luk (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 4 0 Southern 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
MF Tam Lok Hin (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 3 1 Lee Man 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
MF Ngan Lok Fung (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 1 0 Lee Man 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
MF Cheng Chin Lung (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 1 0 Kitchee 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
MF Lau Ho Lam (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 0 0 Eastern 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup PRE
MF Huang Yang (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 43 1 Kitchee v.  Lebanon, 14 November 2017
MF Tan Chun Lok (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 16 1 Guangzhou R&F v.  Lebanon, 14 November 2017
MF Itaparica (1980-07-08) 8 July 1980 8 1 R&F v.  Malaysia, 10 October 2017
MF Lee Hong Lim (1983-09-29) 29 September 1983 32 4 Eastern v.  Jordan, 7 June 2017 PRE
MF Lee Ka Yiu (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 6 0 Tai Po FC v.  Lebanon, 28 March 2017

FW Chan Siu Ki (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 67 37 Pegasus v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
FW Godfred Karikari (1985-03-11) 11 March 1985 24 4 R&F v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
FW Lo Kong Wai (1992-06-19) 19 June 1992 6 0 R&F v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
FW James Ha (1992-12-26) 26 December 1992 3 0 Southern v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
FW Cheng Siu Kwan (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 0 0 Lee Man v.  North Korea, 27 March 2018 PRE
FW Chuck Yiu Kwok (1994-05-29) 29 May 1994 1 0 Chiasso 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
FW Yuen Chun Sing (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 0 0 R&F 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
FW Lai Lok Yin (1995-07-20) 20 July 1995 0 0 Rangers 2018 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup
FW Sandro (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 20 5 PSM Makassar v.  Lebanon, 14 November 2017
FW Paul Ngue (1988-02-02) 2 February 1988 4 0 Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard v.  Malaysia, 10 October 2017 PRE
Notes

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Player retired from international football

Coaches records

Name Coaching career Played Won Drawn Lost Win % Points per game[10]
Tom Sneddon 1954–1956 6 1 4 1 16.7 1.17
Lai Shiu Wing 1958–1967 43 16 6 21 37.2 1.26
Fei Chun Wah[11] 1964 5 0 1 4 0.0 0.20
Chu Wing Keung 1967 2 0 0 2 0.0 0.00
Tang Sum 1968 5 0 1 4 0.0 0.20
Lau Tim 1968 5 0 3 2 0.0 0.60
Hsu King Shing 1969–1970 3 0 1 2 0.0 0.33
Chan Fai Hung 1970–1972 23 7 3 13 30.4 1.04
Ho Ying Fun 1973–1975 23 9 6 8 39.1 1.43
Frans van Balkom 1976–1977 21 7 2 12 33.3 1.10
Chan Yong Chong 1978–1979 7 4 1 2 57.1 1.86
Peter McParland 1980 4 1 0 3 25.0 0.75
George Knobel 1980–1981 7 2 2 3 28.6 1.14
Kwok Ka Ming 1982–1990
1997
47 16 11 20 34.0 1.26
Wong Man Wai 1991–1992 3 0 3 0 0.0 1.00
Chan Hung Ping 1993 10 2 2 6 20.0 0.80
Koo Luam Khen 1994–1995 8 2 1 5 25.0 0.88
Tsang Wai Chung 1996
2010–2011
38 11 8 19 28.9 1.08
Sebastian Araujo 1998–2000 6 0 1 5 0.0 0.17
Arie van der Zouwen 2000–2002 13 3 2 8 23.1 0.85
Lai Sun Cheung 2003–2006
2007
45 15 9 21 33.3 1.20
Lee Kin Wo
Chan Hiu Ming
2007 5 2 1 2 40.0 1.20
Dejan Antonić
Goran Paulić[12]
2008–2009 4 2 0 2 50.0 1.50
Liu Chun Fai 2011–2012
2018
8 4 2 2 50.0 1.75
Ernie Merrick 2012 5 2 0 3 40.0 1.20
Kim Pan-Gon 2009–2010
2012–2017
58 21 13 24 36.2 1.31
Totals4041278319431.41.15

Last updated: Hong Kong 0-2 North Korea, 27 March 2018. Statistics include international "A" matches only.

Competition history

See comprehensive article: Hong Kong national football team - record in qualifying and major tournaments
Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

All time results

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup finals record qualifications record
Hosts / Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
1930 to
1970
Did not enter Did not enter
1974Did not qualify 430143
1978 122281431
1982 403134
1986 8512207
1990 6033510
1994 8215919
1998 4103310
2002 6114310
2006 6204515
2010 4211116
2014 200208
2018 8422135
2022 To be determined
2026 To be determined
Total-0/21000000 7222143690128

FIFA Confederations Cup record

FIFA Confederations Cup Record
Year Result Pos P W D L F A
1992 to 2021Did not enter
Total-Did not qualify000000

AFC Asian Cup record

Asian Games record

Dynasty Cup and East Asian Football Championship record

Minor tournaments

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