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Coordinates: 22°16′32″N 114°11′15″E / 22.275644°N 114.187539°E / 22.275644; 114.187539

South China
SCAA crest.png
Full name South China Athletic Association
Nickname(s) Caroliners, Shaolin Temple
Founded 1904 as the Chinese Football Team
1908 as South China Football Team
Ground Hong Kong Stadium
(Capacity: 40,000)
Chairman Hong Kong Macau Steven Lo
(Football Management Committee)
Manager South Korea Kim Pan-Gon
League Hong Kong First Division
2008–09 First Division, 1st
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

South China Athletic Association (also known as South China, SCAA, simplified Chinese: traditional Chinese: ) is a Hong Kong football club, best known for its football team.

The football team plays in the top-level league of Hong Kong, Hong Kong First Division League. It is the football club with most honours in Hong Kong having won a record 39 First Division League titles. They have also won a record 20 Senior Shields, a record 9 FA Cups and 2 League Cups.

Nicknamed "Shaolin Temple", SCAA produced many great Hong Kong footballers over the years.

In November 2007 the club entered into a charity partnership with Hong Kong Red Cross. The partnership is a pioneer between a sports association and a humanitarian organisation in Hong Kong.

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History

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Early history

The club house building on Caroline Hill.
The club's entrance on Caroline Hill.

The Chinese Football Team was founded in 1904 by a group of Chinese students in Hong Kong[1][2], including Mok Hing (Chinese: 莫慶[3]) and Tong Fuk Cheung (Chinese: 唐福祥, the captain of China national football team in 1910s[4]). In 1910, the team was renamed as South China Football Club.[1][2][3]

In the 1917 Far Eastern Games and 1919 Far Eastern Games (also known as the Far East Olympics Tournament), the club represented the Republic of China and won the football championship[5]. It is the only team in Hong Kong sports history to have accomplished this feat[5]. China lost in the final to the Philippines in the first to be held, in 1913, but in the next nine it won every time, right through until the last FECG to be held in 1934. On that occasion China was a joint winner with Japan. Throughout these tournaments, the majority of the China team was composed of SCAA players.

On 1920, South China which began as a club called the South China Athletic Association founded by Mok Hing[5].

Around 1920-1922, the club formally adopted the present name of South China Athletic Association and diversified into other sports such as basketball.[5][6]

1980s

Since its foundation, South China had an all-Chinese Policy that only fielded Chinese players. Even their foreign players were overseas Chinese players such as Edmund Wee, Chow Chee Keong, Chan Kwok Leung, etc. Up until 1980's, the policy was very successful. But when professional football took off in Hong Kong, the club could not cope with the influx of foreign players and performed poorly at the beginning of the 1981-1982 season. On November 2nd, 1981, the club voted to end its over 60 years old All-Chinese policy. Although the club was able to avoid relegation that season, it was not incident free. On June 6th, 1982, after the club drew an all-important match with Caroline Hill, the fans rioted outside the stadium that spread onto Causeway Bay. The riot was the largest civil disorder in Hong Kong since the leftist riot in 1967.

2000s

As they failed to beat Citizen in the last game of the 2005-06 season, South China was to be relegated for the first time since 1983.[7] However, on 14 June 2006, the Hong Kong Football Association approved a request from South China to remain in the first division with the promise of strengthening their squad. Staying true to their word, South China heavily strengthened their squad and coaching staff. As a result, South China successfully regained the First Division League title in the 2006/2007 season, and also winning the Hong Kong FA Cup and the Hong Kong Senior Shield, achieving the famous treble.

The team has gone from strength to strength, while the team has had continued success on the domestic front, winning three consecutive league titles in the process, it has also had success in other international club competitions. The team has reached the semi-finals of the 2009/2010 AFC Cup. South China's success has seen the team climb in world club rankings to their new high of 145th, even surpassing other Mainland Chinese clubs which are widely considered to be of a better standard than clubs in Hong Kong. In recent years the South China has taken part in several pre-season exhibition matches with European clubs, with the most notable being a 2:0 win against the English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Much of the recent success has been attributed to the current chairman, Steven Lo, with his shrewd business sense he has rebuilt the team as a brand, and has played a major role in reigniting interest in the Hong Kong Football League. South China has reinvented their image and have partnered with several organisations and brands. In 2007, South China has enter into a partnership with Hong Kong Red Cross. The partnership is a pioneer between a sports association and a humanitarian organisation in Hong Kong, and South China is the first football team to ever bear the Red Cross emblem on the official kit. The appointment of the fashion brand Giorgio Armani as the official tailor, has allowed South China to join some of the world's elite, with the brand being associated with Chelsea Football Club and the English national team. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of South China Football Team, world renowned designer Philippe Starck produced a special edition of the "Peninsula Chair", with the faces of the team and the chairman printed on.

Honours

Traditionally the most popular club in the city, SCAA is also the most successful football club in Hong Kong, winning the Hong Kong League 38 times (All-time ranking 1st), the Senior Shield 28 times (All-time ranking 1st), the now-defunct Viceroy Cup 8 times, the FA Cup 9 times (All-time ranking 1st) and the League Cup twice. The team had captured all the 4 main trophies in seasons 87-88 and 90-91. In November 2001, the team was awarded the AFC Team of the Month by the Asian Football Confederation.

Domestic

Winners (39): 1923–24, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
Runners-up (?):
Winners (28): 1928–29, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1940–41, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62,1964–65, 1971–72, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2006–07
Runners-up (?):
Winners (8): 1971–72, 1979–80, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98
Runners-up (7): 1973–74, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96
Winners (9): 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2006–07
Runners-up (4): 1975–76, 1985–86, 1997–98, 2000–01
Winners (2): 2001–02, 2007–08
Runners-up (1): 2009

Asian

Runners-up (1): 1993–94
Semi-finalist (1): 2009

Recent seasons

Players

Current squad

As of 10 January 2010.

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

No. Position Player
2 Hong Kong DF Lee Chi Ho
3 Hong Kong DF Poon Yiu Cheuk
4 Brazil DF Sidraílson
5 Hong Kong MF Bai He
6 Hong Kong DF Wong Chin Hung
7 Hong Kong FW Chan Siu Ki
8 Hong Kong DF Lee Wai Lun
9 Hong Kong FW Lee Wai Lim
10 Hong Kong MF Au Yeung Yiu Chung
11 Hong Kong MF Li Haiqiang (captain)
13 Hong Kong MF Chan Chi Hong
No. Position Player
15 Hong Kong DF Chan Wai Ho
16 Hong Kong MF Leung Chun Pong
17 Hong Kong GK Ho Kwok Chuen
18 Hong Kong MF Kwok Kin Pong
19 Hong Kong MF Hinson Leung
20 Hong Kong FW Chao Pengfei
21 Hong Kong DF Man Pei Tak (vice-captain)
22 Hong Kong DF Gerard
23 Hong Kong GK Zhang Chunhui
28 Brazil FW Tales Schutz
33 Brazil FW Leo

For recent transfers, see South China AA 2009–10 transfers.

Notable players

Current football management staff

Position Name
English Trad. Chinese
Chairman of Football Management Committee Hong Kong Macau Steven Lo 羅傑承
Team Manager / Head Coach South Korea Kim Pan-Gon 金判坤
Deputy Team Manager Hong Kong Liu Chun Fai 廖俊輝
Technical & Development Director Hong Kong Tsang Wai Chung 曾偉忠
Assistant Coach Brazil Anílton da Conceição 安尼頓
Assistant Coach Hong Kong Ku Kam Fai 顧錦輝
Technical Trainer Hong Kong Wong Man Wai 黃文偉
Technical Trainer Hong Kong Chan Chi Hong 陳志康
Honarary Legal Advisor Hong Kong Hui King Wai 許競威
Project Manager Hong Kong Soso Ip 葉偉茹
Public Relations Officer Hong Kong Mandy Chan 陳凱雯
Administrative Assistant Hong Kong Chan Chun Yu 陳振宇
Administrative Assistant Hong Kong Jackal Hui 許家銓

Current coaching staff

Position Name
English Trad. Chinese
Head Coach South Korea Kim Pan-Gon 金判坤
Technical and Development Director Hong Kong Tsang Wai Chung 曾偉忠
Assistant Coach Hong Kong Ku Kam Fai 顧錦輝
Assistant Coach Brazil Anílton da Conceição 安尼頓
Technical Trainer Hong Kong Wong Man Wai 黃文偉
Technical Trainer Hong Kong Chan Chi Hong 陳志康
Coach - Youth Development Hong Kong Chan Ping On 陳炳安
Coach - Youth Development Hong Kong Chan Chun Yu 陳振宇
Goalkeeper Trainer - Youth Development Hong Kong Goldbert Chi Chiu 高志超

Coaches

As of 9 July 2009. Only competitive matches are counted. Wins, losses and draws are results at the final whistle; the results of penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

Name Nat From To Record Honours
English Chinese P W D L F A %W
Chu Kwok Lun 朱國倫 Hong Kong 1954 1970 ?
Kwok Shek 郭石 Hong Kong 1970 1977 ?
Ng Wai Man 吳偉文 Hong Kong 1977 1981 ?
漢拿 Germany 1981 1982 ?
Kwok Kam Hung 郭錦洪 Hong Kong 1982 1982 ?
Peter Wong 黃興桂 Hong Kong 1982 1983 ?
Alex Miller 米勒 Scotland 1983 1983 ?
Ng Wai Man 吳偉文 Hong Kong 1983 1984 ?
Casemiro Mior 米路 Brazil 1998 2002 ?
Wong Man Wai 黃文偉 Hong Kong 2002 2006 ?
Chan Kwok Hung 陳國雄 Hong Kong
Ku Kam Fai 顧錦輝 Hong Kong
Jorge Amaral 阿曼龍 Portugal 2006 24 November 2006 10 6 2 2 20 13 60
Ku Kam Fai* & Chan Kwok Hung* 顧錦輝 & 陳國雄 Hong Kong & Hong Kong 25 November 2006 27 November 2006 1 1 0 0 5 2 100
Casemiro Mior 米路 Brazil 28 November 2006 2007 20 15 3 2 49 15 75 1 First Division title, 1 Senior Shield, 1 FA Cup
José Luís 路爾斯 Portugal 2007 2008 34 19 4 11 79 41 55.9 1 First Division title, 1 League Cup
Tsang Wai Chung 曾偉忠 Hong Kong 1 July 2008 17 September 2008 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Liu Chun Fai* 廖俊輝 Hong Kong 17 September 2008 7 December 2008 11 9 1 1 30 7 81.8
Kim Pan-Gon 金判坤 South Korea 8 December 2008 Present 27 19 4 4 72 16 70.4 1 First Division title
Key
* Served as caretaker coach.

Partnerships

On 3 November 2009, South China and Tottenham Hotspur jointly announced a club partnership in Hong Kong. South China became the first club partner of Spurs in Asia. The partnership is for 2 years with an option to extend further. Besides planning in sharing of best practice in any areas of the technical and business sides of football, Tottenham Hotspur has the first option on South China players at all age levels. Tottenham Hotspur will support South China's coaching development through the exchange of scientific data, coaching materials and visits of coaching staffs to and from both teams. The two clubs will explore the possibility of a joint youth Academy and training centre in Hong Kong or in mainland China.[8]

Songs

  • 1) 南華歌

A new official cheering song for SCAA. It was introduced in the first home match in 06-07 season against HKFC. The demo version of the song can be accessed on www.bma.com.hk.

  • 2) 擁南躉之歌 [9]

This is not the official song of South China, and neither was the original official fans' song. It was sung by Albert Cheung 張武孝(also known as: 大Al/Big Al), and became very well-known after being released in 1977, especially during late 70's and the 80's; during that period South China was a perennial challenger for the top spots in the league, and the song describes how strong and famous the team was.

References

  1. ^ a b "原名為華人足球隊" (in Traditional Chinese) (GIF). 南華八十年回憶錄. http://www.goalgoalgoal.com/attachments/20080402_a4896359e5e06993dd8fFF3b5QObGAX4.gif. Retrieved 2008-04-12.  
  2. ^ a b "第一個華人足球會和「足球王國」" (in Traditional Chinese). Wenweipao. http://magazine.sina.com/lifeweek/431/2007-05-20/ba33719.shtml. Retrieved 2008-04-12.  
  3. ^ a b "莫家後人「點將錄」" (in Traditional Chinese). Sina. 2008-01-26. http://paper.wenweipo.com/2008/01/26/OT0801260003.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-12.  
  4. ^ "1919中国足球队" (in Simplified Chinese). China Archives Information. 2007-08-03. http://www.zgdazxw.com.cn/NewsPicView.asp?ID=226. Retrieved 2008-04-12.  
  5. ^ a b c d Lam, S. F. Chang W, Julian (2006). The Quest for Gold: Fifty Years of Amateur Sports in Hong Kong, 1947-1997. Hong Kong University Publishing. ISBN 9622097669.  
  6. ^ "History of the sport club". South China Athletic Association. http://www.scaa.org.hk/main_new_eng.htm.  
  7. ^ 傳媒報導 - 2006-08-01 羅傑承主政班費千萬增兵 南華搵摩連奴師兄執教, SCAA Fans Club official site, Accessed on October 20, 2007.
  8. ^ Club Partnership - Tottenham Hotspur & South China
  9. ^ 南 華 會 會 歌 - Song of South China

External links

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