South China AA

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

South China
Full name South China Athletic Association
Nickname(s) 少林寺 (Shaolin Temple)
The Carfoliners
Founded 1904 (1904), as Chinese Football Team
1908 (1908), as South China Football Team
Ground Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Wallace Cheung
(Football Management Committee)
Head Coach Serbia Dejan Antonić
League Hong Kong Premier League
2015–16 3rd
Website Club home page

South China Athletic Association (also known as South China, SCAA, Chinese: 南華體育會) is a professional football team which plays in Hong Kong Stadium. The football team plays in the top-level league of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Premier League. It is the football club with most honours in Hong Kong having won a record 41 First Division League titles. They have also won a record 31 Senior Shields, a record 10 FA Cups and 3 League Cups.

Nicknamed "Shaolin Temple" and "Caroliners", South China AA has 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.


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 the 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,[6] 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][7]


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 the 1980s, 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 2 November 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 6 June 1982, after the club drew an all-important match with Caroline Hill FC, 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.


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.[8] 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 2006–07 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 2009–10 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 former chairman, Steven Lo, and with his shrewd business sense he rebuilt the team as a brand, and 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.

Nicky Butt and Mateja Kežman played for South China during the 2010–11 season of the Hong Kong First Division League.


Traditionally the most popular club in the city, SCAA is also the most successful football club in Hong Kong, winning the Hong Kong League 41 times (All-time ranking 1st), the Senior Shield 31 times (All-time ranking 1st), the now-defunct Viceroy Cup 8 times, the FA Cup 10 times (All-time ranking 1st) and the League Cup three times. The team had captured all the 4 main trophies in seasons 1987–88 and 1990–91. In November 2001, the team was awarded the AFC Team of the Month by the Asian Football Confederation.


Winners (41): 1923–24, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1948–49, 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, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13
Runners-up (16): 1928–29, 1946–47, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1972–73, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2010–11
Winners (5): 1917–18, 1925–26, 1933–34, 1951–52, 1952–53
Winners (31): 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, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2013–14
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 (10): 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2010–11
Runners-up (4): 1975–76, 1985–86, 1997–98, 2000–01
Winners (3): 2001–02, 2007–08, 2010–11
Winners (9): 1947–48, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1966–67
Runners-up (1): 2009

Performance in AFC competitions

1986: 2nd Round (Group C)
1987: Qualifying Round (lost to Yomiuri FC 0–3 on aggregate)
1988–89: Qualifying Round (Group 6)
1991: 2nd Round – East Asia (lost to Yomiuri FC 2–3 on aggregate)
1997–98: 2nd Round – East Asia (lost to Dalian Wanda 1–6 on aggregate)
2000–01: 2nd Round – East Asia (lost to Jubilo Iwata 2–6 on aggregate)
2002–03: 3rd Round – Qualifying Zone East Asia (lost to Shimizu S-Pulse 3–8 on aggregate)
1993–94: Runners-up
2008: Group Stage (Group D)
2009: Semi-finals (lost to Al-Kuwait 1–3 on aggregate)
2010: Round of 16 (lost to Bahrain Riffa Club 1–3 on aggregate)
2011: Group Stage (Group H)
2014: Group Stage (Group G)
2015: Quarter-finals (lost to Johor Darul Ta'zim 2–4 on aggregate)
2016: Quarter-finals (lost to Johor Darul Ta'zim 2–3 on aggregate)

Recent seasons

For more details on this topic, see South China AA seasons.
Hong Kong Premier League Hong Kong First Division League


Current squad

First team

As of 6 November 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 Leung Hing Kit
4 Hong Kong DF Sean Tse
5 Hong Kong DF Chak Ting Fung
6 Hong Kong DF Andy Russell
7 Hong Kong FW Chan Siu Ki
8 Cameroon FW Mahama AwalFP
9 Serbia FW Nikola KomazecFP
10 Brazil MF Luiz CarlosFP
12 Ecuador GK Cristian MoraFP
13 Hong Kong DF Cheung Kin Fung
15 Hong Kong DF Chan Wai Ho (co-captain)
16 Hong Kong MF Chan Siu Kwan
18 Montenegro MF Srđan LopičićFP
19 Hong Kong FW Chan Man Fai
No. Position Player
20 Hong Kong MF Lau Cheuk Hin
21 Hong Kong MF Law Hiu Chung
22 Serbia DF Bojan MališićFP (co-captain)
23 Hong Kong DF Che Runqiu
25 Hong Kong GK Tin Man Ho
27 Hong Kong MF Lai Yiu Cheong
30 Hong Kong MF Chu Siu Kei
32 Hong Kong MF Leung Kwun Chung
33 Hong Kong DF Leung Nok Hang
36 Hong Kong DF Wisdom Fofo Agbo
38 Australia FW Ryan GriffithsFP
90 Hong Kong FW Lam Hok Hei
99 Hong Kong GK Tsang Man Fai

FP These players are considered as foreign players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.


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

No. Position Player

Notable players

For a list of notable players, see List of South China AA footballers.

Current football management staff

Position Name
English Trad. Chinese
Chairman / Team Manager Wallace Cheung 張廣勇
Head Coach Dejan Antonić 狄恩
Assistant Coach José Ricardo Rambo 列卡度
Assistant Coach Ku Kam Fai 顧錦輝
Assistant Coach Li Ho Yin 李浩賢
Goalkeeper Trainer Chu Kwok Kuen 朱國權
Physical Trainer Michael Cheng 鄭世洺
Technical – Youth
Head Coach – Youth Leslie Santos 山度士
U18 Coach Poon Yiu Cheuk 潘耀焯
U16 Coach Shum Kwok Pui 岑國培
U15 Coach Leung Shing Kit 梁承傑
U14 Coach Luk Koon Pong 陸冠邦
U13 Coach Poon Man Tik 潘文廸
Deputy General Manager Annabella Lam 林婉芬
Deputy Team Manager Chan Ping On 陳炳安
Administrative Assistant Yip Chi Shun 葉志舜
Development & Marketing
Promotion & Development Manager Goldbert Chi Chiu 高志超
Marketing Executive Frank Chiu 趙嘉俊


As of 30 May 2014. 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
EnglishChinese PWDLFA%W
Chu Kwok Lun朱國倫 1954 1970 ?
Kwok Shek郭石 1970 1977 ?
Ng Wai Man吳偉文 1977 1981 ?
Halla 漢拿 1981 1982 ?
Kwok Kam Hung郭錦洪 1982 1982 ?
Peter Wong黃興桂 1982 1983 ?
Alex Miller米勒 1983 1983 ?
Ng Wai Man吳偉文 1983 1984 ?
Casemiro Mior米路 1998 2002 ?
Wong Man Wai黃文偉 2002 2006 ?
Chan Kwok Hung陳國雄
Ku Kam Fai顧錦輝
Jorge Amaral阿曼龍 2006 Nov 24, 2006 10622201360
Ku Kam Fai* & Chan Kwok Hung*顧錦輝 & 陳國雄 Nov 25, 2006 Nov 27, 2006 110052100
Casemiro Mior米路 Nov 28, 2006 2007 201532491575 1 First Division title, 1 Senior Shield, 1 FA Cup title
José Luís路爾斯 2007 2008 3419411794155.9 1 First Division title, 1 League Cup title
Tsang Wai Chung曾偉忠 July 1, 2008 Sept 17, 2008 1010110
Liu Chun Fai*廖俊輝 Sept 17, 2008 Dec 7, 2008 1191130781.8
Kim Pan-Gon金判坤 Dec 8, 2008 Dec 11, 2010 271944721670.4 2 First Division titles, 1 Senior Shield title
Chan Ho Yin*陳浩然 Dec 11, 2010 June 28, 2011 281738593460.7 1 League Cup title, 1 FA Cup title
Ján Kocian高世安 June 28, 2011 July 9, 2012 261394613050.0
Liu Chun Fai廖俊輝 July 9, 2012 June 30, 2013 281666632857.1 1 First Division title
Cheung Po Chun張寶春 July 1, 2013 February 17, 2014 1 Senior Shield title
Yeung Ching Kwong楊正光 February 17, 2014 December 15, 2014 1 Community Cup title
Mario Gómez馬里奧 December 15, 2014 April 30, 2015 181044331855.6
Ricardo Rambo*列卡度 May 1, 2015 May 14, 2015 32016166.7
Casemiro Mior米路 May 14, 2015 32105166.7
* Served as caretaker coach.


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.[9]


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

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.


  1. 1 2 原名為華人足球隊 (GIF). 南華八十年回憶錄 (in Chinese). Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  2. 1 2 第一個華人足球會和「足球王國」 (in Chinese). Wenweipao. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  3. 1 2 莫家後人「點將錄」 (in Chinese). Sina. 26 January 2008. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  4. 1919中国足球队 (in Chinese). China Archives Information. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  5. 1 2 3 4 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 962-209-766-9.
  6. Bojan, Jovanovic (15 October 1999). "First Far Eastern Games 1913 (Manila)". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  7. "History of the sport club". South China Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007.
  8. 傳媒報導 – 1 August 2006 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 20 October 2007.
  9. Club Partnership – Tottenham Hotspur & South China
  10. 南 華 會 會 歌 – Song of South China
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