Kitchee SC

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 Chu Chi Kwong
League Hong Kong Premier League
2015–16 2nd
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.


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 was scheduled to 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] Apart from serving as the training ground of Kitchee first team and Kitchee Academy, the Centre also provides facilities for the Education Bureau-approved Professional Footballer Preparatory Programme, which Kitchee jointly offers with Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School, in order to integrate football training into regular school curriculum and schedule.

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.


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

Major trophies are listed below.


Winners (1): 2014–15
Runners-up (1): 2015–16
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 (6): 1948–49, 1951–52, 1955–56, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2014-15
Winners (3): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
Finalists (2): 2003–04, 2013–14
Winners (5): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
Winners (2): 2012–13, 2015–16
Winners (1): 2009

Performance in AFC competitions

2008: Group stage
2012: Round of 16 (lost to Arema FC 0–2 on aggregate)
2013: Quarter-finals (lost to Al-Faisaly SC 2–4 on aggregate)
2014: Semi-finals (lost to Erbil SC 2–3 on aggregate)
2015: Quarter-finals (lost to Al-Kuwait 1–7 on aggregate)
2016: Round of 16 (lost to Bengaluru FC 2-3)

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Kit manufacturers

Shirt sponsors


Current squad

As of 1 December 2016.

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

No. Position Player
1 Hong Kong GK Wang Zhenpeng
3 Spain DF Dani CancelaFP (5th-captain)
4 Spain DF Pau BoschFP
5 Hong Kong DF Hélio
6 Germany MF Zhi-Gin LamLP
7 Brazil MF FernandoFP
8 Hong Kong FW Alex Tayo Akande
10 Hong Kong MF Lam Ka Wai (Vice-captain)
11 Hong Kong FW Sandro
12 Hong Kong DF Lo Kwan Yee (Captain)
13 Hong Kong DF Li Ngai Hoi
16 Australia MF Jared LumLP
17 Spain FW Rufino SegoviaFP
19 Hong Kong MF Huang Yang (3rd-captain)
20 Canada MF Matt LamLP
No. Position Player
21 Hong Kong DF Tong Kin Man
23 Hong Kong GK Guo Jianqiao
24 Hong Kong MF Ngan Cheuk Pan
26 Hong Kong DF Wang Hecun
28 Hong Kong FW Cheng Chin Lung
29 Hong Kong FW Hirokane Harima
31 Hong Kong DF Law Tsz Chun
33 Hong Kong FW Sham Kwok Keung
34 Israel MF Barak BraunshtainLP
35 Philippines MF Mark Francis Mercenes SwainstonLP
36 England FW Robert StampLP
67 England FW Sebastian Robert BuddleLP
90 South Korea DF Kim Bong-jinFP
99 Switzerland FW Orhan MustafiFP

FP These players are considered as foreign players at Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
LP These players are considered as local players at Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
NR Not registered in Hong Kong domestic football competition.

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
2 Spain DF Fernando Recio ComíFP (on loan at Lee Man Rangers)
18 Spain DF Jorge Tarres ParamoFP (on loan at Lee Man Rangers)
22 Hong Kong MF Emmet Wan (on loan at Hong Kong Pegasus)
No. Position Player
15 Hong Kong FW Annan Christian Kwesi (on loan at Hong Kong Pegasus)
30 Hong Kong DF Robson Augusto Ka Hai Leung (on loan at R&F)
38 Hong Kong MF Ngan Lok Fung (on loan at KMB Yuen Long)


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

No. Position Player
Hong Kong GK Ip Chun Woon Vincent
Hong Kong GK Yeung Lap Wai
Israel GK Nir Horowitz
Hong Kong DF Au Yeung Wing Ho
Hong Kong DF Cheung Ka Hay Michael
Hong Kong DF Fung Kwun Ming
Israel DF Oded Perlman
Hong Kong DF Law Ho Ching
Hong Kong DF Tong Hew Yeung
Serbia DF Stefan Antonic
Hong Kong MF Cheng Ngo Chun
Hong Kong MF Chow Win Hin
Hong Kong MF Heung Chun Ho
Hong Kong MF Wong Tsz Chun
No. Position Player
Japan MF Hyu Hugh Matsumoto
Hong Kong MF Lee Chun Lok
Hong Kong MF Ma Ming Chun
Hong Kong MF Lee Kai Chi
Hong Kong MF Au Man Lok
Hong Kong FW Fok Man Ho
Hong Kong FW Ho Chun Hin
Hong Kong FW Lam Ngai Yeung
Hong Kong FW Luk Kin Ming
Australia FW Zanskar Blair
South Korea FW Jin Won Bong
Hong Kong FW Ho Shing Yuen Matthew

Club officials

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

Senior Club Staff

Coaching Staff

Kitchee Academy

History of Head Coaches

Years Name Notes
2002–03 Hong Kong Chan Hung Ping
2003–05 Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung
Hong Kong Lam Hing Lun
Co-coaching and both coaches have played in part of the matches as a player.
July 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2007 Serbia Dejan Antonić
2007–08 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong Caretaker
May 1, 2008 – March 30, 2009 Chile Julio César Moreno
2009 Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung Caretaker
Aug 1, 2009 – April 30, 2013 Spain Josep Gombau
July 1, 2013 – Nov 14, 2013 Spain Àlex Gómez
Nov 15, 2013 – May 23, 2014 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong
Hong Kong Cheng Siu Chung
May 23, 2014 – 2015 Spain José Francisco Molina
July 2015 – Mar 2016 Spain Abraham Garcia
Mar 2016 Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong Caretaker
Jul 2016–present Hong Kong Chu Chi Kwong

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 Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs15
2006–07 D1 2 Semi-finals Semi-finals Winners Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs13
2007–08 D1 6 Runners-up Quarter-finals Runners-up AFCGroup stage Republic of Macedonia Goran Stankovski12
2008–09 D1 2 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Semi-finals Cameroon Paul Ngue14
2009–10 D1 3 Runners-up First round Winner Equatorial Guinea Baruc Nsue7
2010–11 D1 1 Quarter-finals First round Semi-finals Spain Jordi Tarrés15 Singapore Cup Quarter-finalists
2011–12 D1 1 1st Round Winners Winners AFCRound of 16 Spain Roberto Losada13 2011 Premier League Asia Trophy 3rd Runner-up
2012–13 D1 2 Quarter-finals Winners Winners AFCQuarter-finals Spain Jordi Tarrés18
2013–14 D1 1 1st Round Runners-up AFCSemi-finals Spain Juan Belencoso22
2014–15 PL 1 Runners-up Winners Winners Runners-up ACL


Second Qualifying Round


Spain Juan Belencoso34
2015–16 PL 2 Semi-finals Quarter-finals Winners Winners Runners-up ACL


Second Qualifying Round

Round of 16

Spain Rufino Segovia del Burgo17



  1. "AC Milan humiliated by Hong Kong side in exhibition play". AFP. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 31 May 2005.
  2. "Juventus draw 2–2, lose on penalties in exhibition against Hong Kong side". AFP. 4 June 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2005.
  3. Injury prevention and performance enhancement intervention in soccer Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. 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 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. "Tour: Kitchee 2 – 2 Arsenal". 29 July 2012.
  7. 1 2 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.

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