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Hong Kong National Football Team

Hong Kong
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Strength ()
AssociationHong Kong Football Association (HKFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
EAFF (East Asia)
Head coachMixu Paatelainen
CaptainHuang Yang
Most capsYapp Hung Fai (76)
Top scorerChan Siu Ki (37)
Home stadiumMong Kok Stadium
Hong Kong Stadium
FIFA codeHKG
FIFA ranking
Current 143 Decrease 2 (20 February 2020)[1]
Highest90 (February 1996)
Lowest172 (November 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 167 Decrease 9 (2 April 2020)[2]
Highest58 (February 1948)
Lowest169 (August 2018)
First international
 Hong Kong 3-2 South Vietnam 
(Mong Kok, Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)[3]
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 
(So Kon Po, Hong Kong; 17 November 2010)
 Hong Kong 0-7 Argentina 
(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: ?) represents Hong Kong in international football and is controlled by the Hong Kong Football Association, the governing body for football in Hong Kong.

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,[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7] There was another Interport tournament against Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City).[8] 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.[9][10]

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,[] against South Korea. Its first victory came in 1953, a 4-0 win against South Korea.[]

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.[11][12]

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.[13] 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 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 football team have won. This unexpected and surprising 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. Qatar and China occupied the top two positions of the group and qualified for the next round.

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.[14] 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.

Recent results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Lose

  • 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.

2019

2020

Players

Current squad

The following players have been selected to the 23 players squad for the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship to be held in South Korea in December 2019.

Caps and goals as of 18 December 2019, after the match against China.


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 (1990-03-21) 21 March 1990 (age 30) 76 0 Hong Kong Eastern
18 1GK Yuen Ho Chun (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Hong Kong Lee Man
19 1GK Tse Tak Him (1985-02-10) 10 February 1985 (age 35) 10 0 Hong Kong Southern

2 2DF Tsui Wang Kit (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 23) 11 0 China Meizhou Hakka
3 2DF Law Tsz Chun (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 23) 7 0 Hong Kong Kitchee
4 2DF Fung Hing Wa (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Hong Kong Eastern
5 2DF Hélio (1986-01-13) 13 January 1986 (age 34) 23 0 Hong Kong Kitchee
12 2DF Leung Nok Hang (1994-11-14) 14 November 1994 (age 25) 5 0 Hong Kong R&F
13 2DF Li Ngai Hoi (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 25) 5 0 Hong Kong Kitchee
15 2DF Roberto (1983-05-28) 28 May 1983 (age 36) 22 1 Hong Kong R&F
21 2DF Tong Kin Man (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 35) 9 0 Hong Kong Kitchee

6 3MF Huang Yang (captain) (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 36) 57 1 Hong Kong Kitchee
7 3MF Wong Wai (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 27) 26 1 Hong Kong Eastern
8 3MF Chung Wai Keung (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 24) 7 1 Hong Kong Eastern
10 3MF Ju Yingzhi (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 32) 31 4 Hong Kong Kitchee
11 3MF Cheng Chin Lung (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Hong Kong Kitchee
16 3MF Tan Chun Lok (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 24) 30 2 China Guangzhou R&F
17 3MF Chan Siu Kwan (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 27) 2 0 Hong Kong Southern
20 3MF Cheng Siu Kwan (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 22) 5 0 Hong Kong Lee Man

9 4FW Sandro (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 33) 29 7 Hong Kong Eastern
14 4FW James Ha (1992-12-26) 26 December 1992 (age 27) 8 1 Hong Kong Southern
22 4FW Giovane (1982-11-25) 25 November 1982 (age 37) 6 0 Hong Kong R&F
23 4FW Sun Ming Him (2000-06-19) 19 June 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Hong Kong Tai Po

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Wang Zhenpeng (1984-05-05) 5 May 1984 (age 35) 5 0 Hong Kong Kitchee 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
GK Leung Hing Kit (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 30) 1 0 Hong Kong Pegasus vs.  Iraq PRE

DF Lee Ka Ho (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Hong Kong Eastern 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
DF Andy Russell (1987-11-21) 21 November 1987 (age 32) 20 0 China Hebei China Fortune 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
DF Chak Ting Fung (1989-11-27) 27 November 1989 (age 30) 12 0 Hong Kong Eastern 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
DF Dani Cancela (1981-09-23) 23 September 1981 (age 38) 15 0 Hong Kong Kitchee 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
DF Tsang Kam To (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 30) 5 0 Hong Kong Eastern vs.  Bahrain and  Cambodia PRE
DF Festus Baise (1980-04-11) 11 April 1980 (age 39) 28 2 China Guizhou Zhicheng vs.  Cambodia and  Iran
DF Lau Hok Ming (1995-10-19) 19 October 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Hong Kong Lee Man vs.  Chinese Taipei PRE

MF Lee Ka Yiu (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 27) 8 0 Hong Kong Eastern 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
MF Xu Deshuai (1987-07-13) 13 July 1987 (age 32) 39 4 Hong Kong Eastern vs.  Bahrain and  Cambodia PRE
MF Yue Tze Nam (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Hong Kong Eastern vs.  Iraq PRE
MF Wu Chun Ming (1997-11-21) 21 November 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Hong Kong Eastern vs.  Chinese Taipei PRE

FW Alex Akande (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 31) 27 10 China Dalian Yifang 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
FW Chan Kwong Ho (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Hong Kong Southern 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round PRE
FW Jaimes McKee RET (1987-04-14) 14 April 1987 (age 32) 53 12 Retired vs.  Chinese Taipei
FW Jordan Lam (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Hong Kong R&F vs.  Chinese Taipei PRE
FW Yuen Chun Sing (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Hong Kong R&F vs.  Chinese Taipei
Notes

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

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Finland Mixu Paatelainen
Assistant Coach Hong Kong Liu Chun Fai
Assistant Coach Brazil Anílton
Goalkeeping Coach Hong Kong Fan Chun Yip
Specialist Conditioning Coach England Mathew Pears
Technical Director Iceland Thorlakur Arnason
Academy Head Coach Spain Carlos Anton
Physiotherapist Hong Kong Wong Wai Lung

Records

Players in bold are still active at international level.

Most capped

# Player Chinese Name Career Position Caps Goals
1 Yapp Hung Fai 2010- GK 76 0
2 Lee Chi Ho 2000-2017 DF 70 0
3 Lee Wai Man 1993-2006 DF 68 2
Chan Siu Ki 2004-2017 FW 68 37
5 Chan Wai Ho 2000-2017 DF 65 6
6 Poon Yiu Cheuk 1998-2010 DF 62 4
7 Huang Yang 2012- MF 57 1
8 Cheung Sai Ho 1995-2007 MF 56 8
9 Leung Chun Pong 2006-2018 MF 54 1
10 Lo Kwan Yee 2007-2017 DF 53 9
Jaimes McKee 2012-2019 FW 53 12
12 Wu Kwok Hung 1971-1986 MF 52 10
13 Lam Ka Wai 2005-2018 MF 51 8
14 Chan Fat Chi 1977-1989 MF 50 7
Au Wai Lun 1989-2005 FW 50 26
16 Cheung Chi Tak 1981-1997 DF 48 1
Lee Kin Wo 1987-2003 FW 48 11
18 Kwok Ka Ming 1968-1979 FW 47 12
19 Tsang Ting Fai 1973-1980 DF 46 0
Leung Sui Wing 1980-1989 DF 46 1

Top Goalscorers

Chan Siu Ki is the top goalscorer in the history of Hong Kong, with 37 goals.

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
1 Chan Siu Ki 2004-2017 FW 37 68 0.5441
2 Au Wai Lun 1989-2005 FW 26 50 0.52
3 Lau Wing Yip 1971-1986 FW 24 39 0.6154
4 Wan Chi Keung 1976-1986 FW 18 32 0.5625
5 Chung Chor Wai 1971-1979 FW 16 45 0.3556
6 Ho Cheng Yau 1956-1968 FW 14 34 0.4118
6 Tim Bredbury 1986-1999 FW 14 34 0.4118
8 Li Kwok Keung 1964-1972 FW 13 34 0.3824
9 Yu Kwok Kit 1973-1977 FW 12 13 0.9231
9 Kwok Ka Ming 1968-1979 FW 12 47 0.2553
9 Jaimes McKee 2012-2019 FW 12 53 0.2264
12 Lau Chi Lam 1956-1964 MF 11 22 0.5
12 Lau Kai Chiu 1954-1964 FW 11 28 0.3929
12 Lee Kin Wo 1987-2003 FW 11 48 0.2992
15 Alex Akande 2015- FW 10 27 0.3704
15 Wu Kwok Hung 1971-1986 MF 10 52 0.1923

^ = Minimum 10 Goals

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.[16]
Year Tournament Captain(s)
1954 The 2nd Asian Games Ko Po Keung
1956 The 1st Asian Cup (Final) Ko Po Keung
1958 The 3rd Asian Games Ho Cheung Yau
1959 The 2nd Asian Cup (Qualifying) Ho Cheung Yau
1963 The 3rd Asian Cup (Qualifying) Ho Cheung Yau
1964 The 3rd Asian Cup (Final) Cheung Wing Ching
1967 The 4th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Kung Wah Kit
1968 The 4th Asian Cup (Final) Kung Wah Kit
1971 The 5th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Fok Pak Ling
1973 The 10th World Cup (Qualifying) Kwok Ka Ming
1975 The 6th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Cheng Yun Yue
1977 The 11th World Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung, Kwok Ka Ming
1979 The 7th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung
1980 The 12th World Cup (Qualifying) Wu Kwok Hung
1984 The 8th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1985 The 13th World Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1987 The 24th Olympic Games (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1988 The 9th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1989 The 14th World Cup (Qualifying) Leung Sui Wing
1990 The 11th Asian Games Cheung Chi Tak
1992 The 10th Asian Cup Chan Ping On, Ku Kam Fai
1993 The 15th World Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
1994 The 12th Asian Games Lee Kin Wo
1996 The 11th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
1997 The 16th World Cup (Qualifying) Ku Kam Fai, Cheung Chi Tak
1998 The 13th Asian Games Cheung Sai Ho
1999 The 12th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Kin Wo
2001 The 17th World Cup (Qualifying) Cheung Sai Ho
2003 The 1st East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Yau Kin Wai
2003 The 1st East Asian Football Championship (Final) Lee Wai Man
2003 The 13th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yau Kin Wai, Cheung Sai Ho, Lee Wai Man
2004 The 18th World Cup (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho
2005 The 2nd East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho
2006 The 14th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Lee Wai Man, Cheung Sai Ho, Fan Chun Yip
2007 The 19th World Cup (Qualifying) Cheung Sai Ho, Fan Chun Yip
2007 The 3rd East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Cristiano Cordeiro
2009 The 4th East Asian Football Championship (Qualifying) Man Pei Tak,[17]Li Haiqiang[18][19]
2009-2010 The 15th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Cristiano Cordeiro, Poon Yiu Cheuk, Man Pei Tak, Chan Wai Ho
2010 The 4th East Asian Football Championship (Final) Poon Yiu Cheuk, Chan Wai Ho, Au Yeung Yiu Chung
2011 The 20th World Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho
2012 The 5th EAFF East Asian Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho
2013-2014 The 16th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho, Chan Siu Ki, Yapp Hung Fai
2014 The 6th EAFF East Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2015-2016 The 21st World Cup (Qualifying) Chan Wai Ho, Yapp Hung Fai
2016 The 7th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2017-2018 The 17th Asian Cup (Qualifying) Yapp Hung Fai
2018 The 8th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Qualifying) Huang Yang[16]
2019 The 8th EAFF E-1 Football Championship (Final) Huang Yang
2019-2020 The 22nd World Cup (Qualifying) Huang Yang

Coaches records

Name Coaching career Played Won Drawn Lost Win % Points per game[20]
Scotland Tom Sneddon 1954-1956 6 1 4 1 16.7 1.17
Hong Kong Taiwan Lai Shiu Wing 1958-1967 43 16 6 21 37.2 1.26
Hong Kong Taiwan Fei Chun Wah[21] 1964 5 0 1 4 0.0 0.20
Hong Kong Taiwan Chu Wing Keung 1967 2 0 0 2 0.0 0.00
Hong Kong Taiwan Tang Sum 1968 5 0 1 4 0.0 0.20
Hong Kong Taiwan Lau Tim 1968 5 0 3 2 0.0 0.60
Hong Kong China Hsu King Shing 1969-1970 3 0 1 2 0.0 0.33
Hong Kong Taiwan Chan Fai Hung 1970-1972 23 7 3 13 30.4 1.04
Hong Kong Taiwan Ho Ying Fun 1973-1975 23 9 6 8 39.1 1.43
Netherlands Frans van Balkom 1976-1977 21 7 2 12 33.3 1.10
Malaysia Chan Yong Chong 1978-1979 7 4 1 2 57.1 1.86
Northern Ireland Peter McParland 1980 4 1 0 3 25.0 0.75
Netherlands George Knobel 1980-1981 7 2 2 3 28.6 1.14
Hong Kong Kwok Ka Ming 1982-1990
1997
47 16 11 20 34.0 1.26
Hong Kong Wong Man Wai 1991-1992 3 0 3 0 0.0 1.00
Hong Kong Chan Hung Ping 1993 10 2 2 6 20.0 0.80
Malaysia Koo Luam Khen 1994-1995 8 2 1 5 25.0 0.88
Hong Kong Hong Kong Tsang Wai Chung 1996
2010-2011
38 11 8 19 28.9 1.08
Brazil Sebastian Araujo 1998-2000 6 0 1 5 0.0 0.17
Netherlands Arie van der Zouwen 2000-2002 13 3 2 8 23.1 0.85
Hong Kong Lai Sun Cheung 2003-2006
2007
45 15 9 21 33.3 1.20
Hong Kong Lee Kin Wo
Hong Kong Chan Hiu Ming
2007 5 2 1 2 40.0 1.20
Serbia Dejan Antoni?
Croatia Goran Pauli?[22]
2008-2009 4 2 0 2 50.0 1.50
Hong Kong Liu Chun Fai 2011-2012
2018
8 4 2 2 50.0 1.75
Australia Scotland Ernie Merrick 2012 5 2 0 3 40.0 1.20
South Korea Kim Pan-Gon 2009-2010
2012-2017
58 21 13 24 36.2 1.31
England Gary White 2018 5 2 2 1 40.0 1.60
Finland Mixu Paatelainen 2019- 8 1 2 5 12.5 0.63
Totals 417 130 87 200 31.2 1.14

Last updated: Hong Kong 0-2 China, 18 December 2019. 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
Uruguay 1930 to Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 4 3
Argentina 1978 13 3 2 8 15 31
Spain 1982 4 0 3 1 3 4
Mexico 1986 8 5 1 2 20 7
Italy 1990 6 0 3 3 5 10
United States 1994 8 2 1 5 9 19
France 1998 4 1 0 3 3 10
South Korea Japan 2002 6 1 1 4 3 10
Germany 2006 6 2 0 4 5 15
South Africa 2010 4 2 1 1 11 6
Brazil 2014 2 0 0 2 0 8
Russia 2018 8 4 2 2 13 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 73 23 14 36 91 128

FIFA Confederations Cup record

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

AFC Asian Cup record

Asian Games record

Dynasty Cup and East Asian Football Championship record

Minor tournaments


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