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Kitchee SC

Kitchee
Full name Kitchee Sports Club
Nickname(s) 香港巴塞 (Hong Kong Barça)
Founded 1931 (1931)
Ground Mong Kok Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,664
President Ken K. Ng
Head Coach José Francisco Molina
League Hong Kong Premier League
2013–14 First Division, 1st
Website Club home page

Kitchee Sports Club (Chinese: 傑志體育會) is a Hong Kong sports club best known for its footballing exploits. The club was founded in 1931 and currently plays in Hong Kong Premier League, now playing in Mongkok Stadium.

Kitchee also holds the best record against Italian teams by a Hong Kong team. 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.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Honours 2
    • Domestic 2.1
  • Performance in AFC competitions 3
  • Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors 4
    • Kit manufacturers 4.1
    • Shirt sponsors 4.2
  • Players 5
    • Current squad 5.1
    • On loan 5.2
      • Reserves 5.2.1
      • Out on Loan 5.2.2
  • Club officials 6
    • History of Head Coaches 6.1
  • Recent seasons 7
  • Trivia 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

Following its return to the First Division in 2003, Kitchee became one of the most prominent teams in Hong Kong. Coached by Dejan Antonic, Kitchee won three trophys in two seasons: two in (2005–2006) and one in their 2006–07 season, the club secured 2nd place in the league, where champions South China had already qualified for AFC Cup as 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 with the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 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 the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy, where they lost 0:4 to Chelsea FC and 0:3 to Blackburn Rovers, and 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 received over HK$44 million from the trust for the establishment of a centre at Shek Mun, Shatin, New Territories. It will be called the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre, which will open in 2014. The trust's input will be sufficient for 90% of the costs of the centre, while proceeds from the Kitchee vs Arsenal exhibition match will also go into developing the centre.[5]

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.

Honours

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

Major trophies are listed below.

Domestic

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
Winners (5): 1949–50, 1953–54, 1959–60, 1963–64, 2005–06
Finalists (5): 1948–49, 1951–52, 1955–56, 2007–08, 2009–10
Winners (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
Finalists (2): 2003–04, 2013–14
Winners (3): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12
Winners (1): 2012–13
Winners (1): 2009

Performance in AFC competitions

2008: Group stage
2012: Round of 16
2013: Quarter-finals
2014: Semi-finals

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Kit manufacturers

Shirt sponsors

Players

Current squad

As of 30 August 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Wang Zhenpeng
2 DF Fernando RecioFP
3 DF Dani CancelaFP
4 DF Chan Cham Hei
6 MF Gao Wen
7 MF Xu Deshuai
8 FW Alex AkandeFP
9 FW Juan BelencosoFP
10 MF Lam Ka Wai (Vice-captain)
11 FW To Hon To
12 DF Lo Kwan Yee (Captain)
13 DF Cheung Kin Fung
14 MF Cheung Kwok Ming
15 FW Christian Annan
No. Position Player
16 DF Tsang Chi Hau
18 FW Jordi TarrésFP
19 MF Huang Yang
20 MF Matt Lam
21 DF Tsang Kam To
22 MF Wan Chun
23 GK Guo Jianqiao
24 MF Cho Sung-min
26 DF Wang Hecun
27 GK Chan Ka Ho
30 MF Leung Ka Hai
32 DF Jang Kyung-jinFP
38 MF Ngan Lok Fung

Remarks:
FP These players are considered as foreign players at Hong Kong domestic football competitions.

Player with dual nationality:

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
5 DF HélioFP (at Tai Chung)
No. Position Player
17 FW PaulinhoFP (at Tai Chung)

Remarks:
FP These players are considered as foreign players at Hong Kong domestic football competitions.

Reserves

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Ip Chun Woon Vincent
GK Yeung Lap Wai
DF Au Yeung Wing Ho
DF Cheung Ka Hay Michael
DF Fung Kwun Ming
DF Ho Chuck Hang
DF Law Ho Ching
DF Yu Wai Lim
MF Cheng Chin Lung
MF Cheng Ngo Chun
MF Chow Win Hin
MF Heung Chun Ho
MF Wong Tsz Chun
No. Position Player
MF Law Tsz Chun
MF Lee Chun Lok
MF Ma Ming Chun
MF Lee Kai Chi
MF Ngan Chuck Ban
FW Fok Man Ho
FW Ho Chun Hin
FW Lam Ngai Yeung
FW Luk Kin Ming
FW Zanskar Blair
FW Harima Hirokane
FW Ho Shing Yuen Matthew

Out on Loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
DF Lui Man Tik (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
DF Wong Ho Ching (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
DF Yip Chun Piu (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
DF Yip King Sun (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
No. Position Player
MF Chan Ho Chun (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
FW Chan Ho Fung (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)
FW So Chun Yin (at Tai Chung until the end of the 2013–14 season)

Club officials

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

Board of Director


Management of Football


Coaching Setup

History of Head Coaches

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

Recent seasons

Season Div. Pos. Senior Shield FA Cup League Cup Season Play-offs Community Shield Junior Shield Asia Top scorer Notes
2000–01 D1 8 Relegated
2001–02 D2
2002–03 D2 1 Promoted
2003–04 D1 2 Second round Runners-up Group stage
2004–05 D1 3 Semi-finals Semi-finals Group stage
2005–06 D1 4 Winners First round Winners Keith Gumbs 15
2006–07 D1 2 Semi-finals Semi-finals Winners Keith Gumbs 13
2007–08 D1 6 Runners-up Quarter-finals Runners-up AFC Group stage Goran Stankovski 12
2008–09 D1 2 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Paul Ngue 14
2009–10 D1 3 Runners-up First round Winner Baruc Nsue 7
2010–11 D1 1 Quarter-finals First round Semi-finals Jordi Tarrés 15 Singapore Cup Quarter-finalists
2011–12 D1 1 1st Round Winners Winners AFC Round of 16 Roberto Losada 13 2011 Premier League Asia Trophy 3rd Runner-up
2012–13 D1 2 Quarter-finals Winners Winners AFC Quarter-finals Jordi Tarrés 18
2013–14 D1 1 1st Round Runners-up AFC Semi-finals Juan Belencoso 22
2014–15 PL Runners-up ACL

AFC

First Qualifying Round

(TBC)

Trivia

  • Kitchee's theme song is "We Are Kitchee!"

References

  1. ^ "AC Milan humiliated by Hong Kong side in exhibition play".  
  2. ^ "Juventus draw 2–2, lose on penalties in exhibition against Hong Kong side".  
  3. ^ Injury prevention and performance enhancement intervention in soccer 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
  5. ^ "ARSENAL MATCH TO CELEBRATE ESTABLISHMENT OF JOCKEY CLUB KITCHEE CENTRE". Hong Kong Jockey Club. 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tour: Kitchee 2 – 2 Arsenal". Arsenal.com. 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. 

External links

  • (Chinese) Kitchee.com Official website
  • Kitchee at HKFA.com
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