Hong Kong national football team

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Hong Kong
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Nickname(s) 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 Mixu Paatelainen
Captain Huang Yang
Most caps Yapp Hung Fai (79)
Top scorer Chan Siu Ki (40)
Home stadium Mong Kok Stadium
Hong Kong Stadium
FIFA code HKG
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FIFA ranking
Current 144 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [1]
Highest90 (February 1996)
Lowest172 (November 2012)
First international
Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg  Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam  Flag of South Vietnam.svg
(Mong Kok, Hong Kong; 20 April 1947) [2]
Biggest win
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 15–0 Guam  Flag of Guam.svg
(Taipei, Taiwan; 7 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 7–0 Hong Kong  Flag of Hong Kong.svg
(Guangzhou, China; 17 November 2004)
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 0–7 Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg
(So Kon Po, Hong Kong; 17 November 2010)
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 0–7 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(So Kon Po, Hong Kong; 14 October 2014)
Asian Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1956 )
Best resultThird place, 1956

The Hong Kong national football team (Chinese :香港足球代表隊; pinyin :Xiānggǎng zúqiú dàibiǎo duì; Cantonese Yale :Hēunggóng jūkkàuh doihbíu deuih) represents Hong Kong in international football and is controlled by the Hong Kong Football Association, the governing body for football in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was the first in Asia to hold the AFC Asian Cup in 1956 and won third place, and was also semi-finalist in 1964. Hong Kong has not qualified for another AFC tournament since 1968. Hong Kong had never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and its biggest celebrated victory was the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) where Hong Kong produced a 2–1 upset win against China which resulted in Hong Kong qualifying for the second rounds of qualification. Hong Kong has qualified for the EAFF E-1 Football Championship five times in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2010 and 2019.

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History

Establishment and pre-WWII era

Before Hong Kong became a member of FIFA in 1954, Hong Kong began playing in the Hong Kong–Macau Interport tournament in 1937, [3] which was one of the oldest competitions co-held by Hong Kong as well as continuously played. There were other interport tournaments in the past, such as the Shanghai-Hong Kong Interport which was first held in 1908. [4] At that time the team was composed of ethnic Chinese as well as western expatriates, as in the 1935 and 1937 edition of Shanghai-Hong Kong Interport. [5] [6] There was another Interport tournament against Saigon. [7] The aforementioned Macau, Shanghai and Saigon were not a member of FIFA nor a sovereign nation at that time, with Hong Kong and Macau only having 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. [8] [9]

After WWII, a number of Shanghai-based players began representing Hong Kong, such as Chang King Hai and Hsu King Shing. Hong Kong played its first international match after World War II in 1949,[ citation needed ] against South Korea. Its first victory came in 1953, a 4–0 win against South Korea.[ citation needed ]

FIFA member (1954–present)

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. HKFA also sent a scratch team for 1957 Merdeka Tournament, which was composed of players from Eastern due to their proximity, plus few players from other clubs. The club was having a pre-season tour in South Asia, thus the HKFA invited the club to represent Hong Kong. However, some of the players were in fact ineligible to play for Hong Kong, as they were ROC (Taiwan) international players. [10] [11]

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. [12]

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.

Success at the 2009 East Asia Games and beyond

The year 2009 was 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, the first major competition Hong Kong have won. This result raised the belief that the Hong Kong football team could perform in major competition. The Hong Kong football team also won the 2010 Long Teng Cup and 2011 Long Teng Cup.

A short football fever 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 tensions built up from Hong Kong–Mainland China conflict, many local citizens became interested in this year's campaign; all four home matches were recorded as a sellout. Hong Kong ended the campaign with 4 victories against Bhutan and Maldives, 2 scoreless draws against China, and 2 losses against Qatar.

Stadium

For some of the friendly matches and the minor qualification matches, the Hong Kong team plays most often at the Mong Kok Stadium in Kowloon, which was re-opened in 2011 after a renovation. Moreover, the 2018 edition of the Lunar New Year Cup was held in Mong Kok. [13] The cup was a local tradition to celebrate Chinese New Year, which was held in Government Stadium in the past.

The Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre is currently the main training ground for the Hong Kong national and youth teams.

Rivalries

Hong Kong maintains a specific rivalry with China. The rivalry began in 1978 and for the first decades before the return of Hong Kong to China, Hong Kong produced a shock 2–1 upset in Beijing, and this led to unrest by Chinese supporters. [14] Since then, China never lost to Hong Kong, and has achieved more successes, but the rivalry continues to have some influence on Hong Kong society. [15] [16] [17]

Recent results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Lose

2021

3 June 2022 WCQ R2 Iran  Flag of Iran.svg3–1Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Arad, Bahrain
17:30?  UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
11 June 2022 WCQ R2 Hong Kong  Flag of Hong Kong.svg0–1Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Arad, Bahrain
19:30  UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
15 June 2022 WCQ R2 Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg4–0Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Riffa, Bahrain
19:30  UTC+3
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head Coach Flag of Finland.svg Mixu Paatelainen
Technical Director Flag of Iceland.svg Thorlakur Arnason
Executive Manager Flag of Hong Kong.svg Liu Chun Fai
Assistant Coach Flag of Brazil.svg Anílton da Conceição
Assistant Coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Chu Chi Kwong
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Fan Chun Yip
Physical coach Flag of England.svg Mathew Pears
Specialist Conditioning Coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Stephen Lee
Academy Head Coach Flag of England.svg
Physiotherapist Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lo Ho Cheong
Physiotherapist Flag of Hong Kong.svg Yau Kai Ching

Coaching history

Last updated: Hong Kong 0-4 Bahrain, 15 June 2021. Statistics include international "A" matches only.

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players have been selected for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers held in Bahrain from June 3rd to June 15th.

Caps and goals as of 15 June 2021, after the match against Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain .
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Yapp Hung Fai (1990-03-21) 21 March 1990 (age 31)790 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern
181 GK Yuen Ho Chun (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 25)00 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lee Man
191 GK Leung Hing Kit (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 31)10 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Pegasus

22 DF Tsui Wang Kit (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 24)130 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lee Man
32 DF Law Tsz Chun (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 24)80 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee
42 DF Fung Hing Wa (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 28)40 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern
52 DF Hélio (1986-01-31) 31 January 1986 (age 35)260 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee
202 DF Yu Wai Lim (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 22)20 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lee Man
212 DF Tong Kin Man (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 36)110 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee
222 DF Tsang Kam To (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 31)60 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lee Man
232 DF Clayton (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 32)10 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern

63 MF Huang Yang (captain) (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 37)601 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee
83 MF Ngan Lok Fung (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 28)30 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lee Man
103 MF Wong Wai (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 28)281 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern
113 MF Chung Wai Keung (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 25)91 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern
123 MF Diego Eli (1988-09-04) 4 September 1988 (age 32)30 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lee Man
133 MF Cheng Siu Kwan (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 23)80 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lee Man
153 MF Roberto (1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 (age 38)241 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee
163 MF Leung Kwun Chung (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 29)20 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern
173 MF Shinichi Chan (2002-09-05) 5 September 2002 (age 18)40 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee

74 FW Sun Ming Him (2000-06-19) 19 June 2000 (age 20)60 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Pegasus
94 FW Matt Orr (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24)31 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee
144 FW James Ha (1992-12-26) 26 December 1992 (age 28)111 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Southern

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the previous 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up



FW Fernando (1986-11-14) 14 November 1986 (age 34)00 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern v. May Training Camp, 25 May 2021 INJ
FW Sandro (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 34)297Free Agentv. May Training Camp, 25 May 2021 WD

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

Records

As of 2 June 2021 [21]
Players in bold are still active with Hong Kong.

Captains records

Only record the players who were named as captains for the international official competitions.

Huang Yang is named as captain under the appointment of the new head coach Gary White. Huang Yang.JPG
Huang Yang is named as captain under the appointment of the new head coach Gary White.
YearTournamentCaptain(s)
1954The 2nd Asian GamesKo Po Keung
1956The 1st Asian Cup (Final)Ko Po Keung
1958The 3rd Asian Games Ho Cheung Yau
1959The 2nd Asian Cup (Qualifying) Ho Cheung Yau
1963The 3rd Asian Cup (Qualifying) Ho Cheung Yau
1964The 3rd Asian Cup (Final)Cheung Wing Ching
1967The 4th Asian Cup (Qualifying)Kung Wah Kit
1968The 4th Asian Cup (Final)Kung Wah Kit
1971The 5th Asian Cup (Qualifying)Fok Pak Ling
1973The 10th World Cup (Qualifying) Kwok Ka Ming
1975The 6th Asian Cup (Qualifying)Cheng Yun Yue
1977The 11th World Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung, Kwok Ka Ming
1979The 7th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung
1980The 12th World Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung
1984The 8th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1985The 13th World Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1987The 24th Olympic Games (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1988The 9th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1989The 14th World Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1990The 11th Asian Games Cheung Chi Tak
1992The 10th Asian CupChan Ping On, Ku Kam Fai
1993The 15th World Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
1994The 12th Asian Games Lee Kin Wo
1996The 11th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
1997The 16th World Cup (Qualifying) Ku Kam Fai, Cheung Chi Tak
1998The 13th Asian Games Cheung Sai Ho
1999The 12th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
2001The 17th World Cup (Qualifying) Cheung Sai Ho
2003The 1st East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Yau Kin Wai
2003The 1st East Asian Football Championship (Final) Lee Wai Man
2003The 13th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yau Kin Wai, Cheung Sai Ho, Lee Wai Man
2004The 18th World Cup (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho
2005The 2nd East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho
2006The 14th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho, Fan Chun Yip
2007The 19th World Cup (Qualifying) Cheung Sai Ho, Fan Chun Yip
2007The 3rd East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Cristiano Cordeiro
2009The 4th East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Man Pei Tak, [23] Li Haiqiang [24] [25]
2009–2010The 15th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Cristiano Cordeiro, Poon Yiu Cheuk, Man Pei Tak, Chan Wai Ho
2010The 4th East Asian Football Championship (Final) Poon Yiu Cheuk, Chan Wai Ho, Au Yeung Yiu Chung
2011The 20th World Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho
2012The 5th EAFF East Asian Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho
2013–2014The 16th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho, Chan Siu Ki, Yapp Hung Fai
2014The 6th EAFF East Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2015–2016The 21st World Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho, Yapp Hung Fai
2016The 7th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2017–2018The 17th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2018The 8th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Qualifying) Huang Yang [22]
2019The 8th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Final) Huang Yang
2019–2021The 22nd World Cup (Qualifying) Huang Yang

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

FIFA World Cup finals FIFA World Cup qualification
YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify430143
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 133281531
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 403134
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 8512207
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 6033510
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 8215919
Flag of France.svg 1998 4103310
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 6114310
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 6204515
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 4211116
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 200208
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 8422135
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 8125413
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
Total0/228124164195141

AFC Asian Cup

Asian Games

Dynasty Cup and East Asian Football Championship

Minor tournaments