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South China Athletic Association (also known as South China, SCAA, ) is a Hong Kongmarker 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 Kongmarker 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 Templemarker", SCAA produced many great Hong Kong footballers over the years. It is one the few football clubs in Hong Kong that has its own private training pitchmarker.

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.

History

Early history

The Chinese Football Team was founded in 1904 by a group of Chinese students in Hong Kongmarker, including Mok Hing ( ) and Tong Fuk Cheung ( , the captain of China national football team in 1910s). In 1910, the team was renamed as South China Football Club.

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 Chinamarker and won the football championship. It is the only team in Hong Kong sports history to have accomplished this feat. 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.

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

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 Baymarker. 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. 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 Kongmarker, 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

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Players

Current squad

As of 24 August 2009.


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 Steven Lo
Team Manager / Head Coach Kim Pan-Gon
Deputy Team Manager Liu Chun Fai
Technical & Development Director Tsang Wai Chung
Assistant Coach Anílton da Conceição
Assistant Coach Ku Kam Fai
Technical Trainer Wong Man Wai
Technical Trainer Chan Chi Hong
Honarary Legal Advisor Hui King Wai
Project Manager Soso Ip
Public Relations Officer Mandy Chan
Administrative Assistant Chan Chun Yu
Administrative Assistant Jackal Hui


Current coaching staff

Position Name
English Trad. Chinese
Head Coach Kim Pan-Gon
Technical and Development Director Tsang Wai Chung
Assistant Coach Ku Kam Fai
Assistant Coach Anílton da Conceição
Technical Trainer Wong Man Wai
Technical Trainer Chan Chi Hong
Coach - Youth Development Chan Ping On
Coach - Youth Development Chan Chun Yu
Goalkeeper Trainer - Youth Development Goldbert Chi Chiu



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 1954 1970 ?
Kwok Shek 1970 1977 ?
Ng Wai Man 1977 1981 ?
1981 1982 ?
Kwok Kam Hung 1982 1982 ?
Peter Wong 1982 1983 ?
Alex Miller 1983 1983 ?
Ng Wai Man 1983 1984 ?
Casemiro Mior 1998 2002 ?
Wong Man Wai 2002 2006 ?
Chan Kwok Hung
Ku Kam Fai
Jorge Amaral 2006 24 November 2006 10 6 2 2 20 13 60
Ku Kam Fai* & Chan Kwok Hung* & & 25 November 2006 27 November 2006 1 1 0 0 5 2 100
Casemiro Mior 28 November 2006 2007 20 15 3 2 49 15 75 1 First Division title, 1 Senior Shield, 1 FA Cup
José Luís 2007 2008 34 19 4 11 79 41 55.9 1 First Division title, 1 League Cup
Tsang Wai Chung 1 July 2008 17 September 2008 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Liu Chun Fai* 17 September 2008 7 December 2008 11 9 1 1 30 7 81.8
Kim Pan-Gon 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 Kongmarker. South China becomes the first club partner with 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 on 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 center in Hong Kong or in China.

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
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. 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.
  2. Club Partnership - Tottenham Hotspur & South China
  3. 南 華 會 會 歌 - Song of South China


External links

Official websites



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